What is more intriguing than a shark? Sharks have captured our attention for ages, and that's just what I hope to do with my students. I want the experience of dissecting sharks to help them to learn and remember the characteristics of organ systems and how species are classified.
My students are from a rural school district in Arkansas.
Around 60-70% are on free and reduced lunches. We have limited local attractions and resources. This is an excellent opportunity for them to have their very own "Shark Tale". Imagine the enjoyment they will get in retelling their own adventure of dissecting a shark, and what they found!
Students will see first hand the anatomy of the shark. They will be able to look at the different organs within the shark and compare them to our own organ systems. They will also be able to learn some of the sharks unique traits. This lab will also allow us to discover the various ways to classify species and how sharks fit into the classification system.
Research shows that hands-on and inquiry based activities make a huge impact on students learning and retention of material.
As a classroom teacher I know this to be true. Students are much more likely to recall information where they were engaged, involved, and took part in the learning of information than trying to remember information that was relayed or showed to them.
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