Claire's class has been studying sharks. Parents were invited to help dissect sharks last week. It was so fun! The specimens were dog sharks, about a foot and a half long.
The school district required the kids to wear goggles. And they were not allowed to use the scalpels. Moms got to do the cutting!
We found several organs quite easily. There were other parts that were harder to identify. One group found tiny shrimp in the shark's stomach. Yum! I've always loved dissection. There really is no substitute for learning about the body. A picture in a text book is just not the same.
The kids (and the parents) learned a lot. Maybe some of these third graders are already planning their applications for veterinary school.
**Thanks for all your suggestions about uploading pictures. You are probably right. My pictures are too big. But I just hate to take the extra step of resizing the pictures. (I know. Lazy.) I've downloaded Windows Live Writer and I'm composing this post in the new software. I can actually drag and drop pictures into the post. We'll see how easy it is to upload.