My students need 20 aluminum pans with pads, t-pins and frog economy kits to dissect frogs.
My students need 3 owl pellets kits to dissect owl pellets.
Can you take yourself back to your life science class in junior high and remember your teacher saying you would finally get to dissect? My students will never feel that excitement without your help because we do not have the necessary equipment or specimens for my students to experience dissection.
Many of my students have not had a wonderful school experience and have been labeled as the "bad kids" or the future "drop-outs, this couldn't be further from the truth.
They are kids that cannot learn in a traditional school setting and need an alternative way of learning. They need to see activities and have a first-hand experience with these activities so they may understand the importance of each one. Many of these children have already experienced life altering events in their young lives. My students have had issues with attendance, by providing them with fun, exciting and educational activities their interest is peaked and they want to come to school and participate in the labs and activities. My students need to be engaged and challenged through a variety of experiences. The students in my class attend the alternative school in our district. Our program is designed to help these students before "drop-out" is a reality.
The resources I am requesting are frog dissection kits which include all the materials necessary for a complete dissection. The students will get to see " a frogs eye view" while using the magnifying glasses included in the kits. Dissecting frogs is a great way for students to learn about anatomy, not just of frogs but humans as well by comparing frog systems to human systems. These systems include the skeletal, digestive, circulatory, respiratory and the reproductive systems. There is a big difference in playing with a plastic model and actually working with something real as the experience will be life long.
I also requested owl pellets which will be dissected as well. The students learn about the eating habits of birds of prey, how the prey is digested and what type of prey was actually consumed. They also learn bone identification,how to use a dichotomous key and the importance of a food chain. Dissecting owl pellets can turn into a long lasting memory for many students.
Without your support and donations these dissection labs will not become a reality for my students.
Our school system will not be able to provide the necessary materials needed due to our district being devastated by the recent tornadoes. These labs are necessary in helping my students grasp the importance of concepts being taught. They need to experience this learning through a hands-on approach and without you my students will be using plastic models and will be doing virtual dissection.
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