This is my 10th year teaching life science and I definitely continue with the dissections. We dissect earthworms, frogs, sheep or cow eyes, and I ask for parents to donate moose hearts during the fall in hunting season. We also have a place a meat p…
The high school that my students feed into have asked that we do not conduct dissections as they see that as an integral part of their curriculum. That request, connected to the variability of middle school students' maturity to utilize the experie…
We haven't been doing whole animal dissections the last few years. Partially because of the money and also because it doesn't fit as well in our newer state standards. We only study a few body systems now, so our dissections are just "parts".
Hi Amanda - I haven't been in a classroom for quite a few years but I do believe that I would do less dissections than I used to. I'm just not sure that students get out of them what we hope they will although I sure agree with Tom about being a mem…
We still do frogs and worms in our middle school. That being said- it does comsume a large portion of the budget.
I like it because even with the wonderful simulations that are available dissection is a gross, smelly, and almost always a memorable…
I have discovered that the students have done better when the centers came to them. Sometimes this wasn't possible, but when it was it worked great. I had 2 or 3 sets of the materials for the centers and gave the students a time frame that th…
I am wondering how many schools still have their students dissect frogs or worms in middle school. Is this an "old school" thing, does it not match the standards, etc? We are looking at it leaving due to not having the $$$ to buy new specimens. Any…
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Glad to have another Ohioan here on MSP2. We're about 180-strong!
Since Kim has given you the tour, I'll simply say "welcome" and echo her encouragement to you to jump in and participate. A couple of places that you might consider starting out, given what you've indicated you "can help with" are--
Hi Amanda - Welcome aboard! I wanted to tell you a little about MSP2 - we are using this NING network as a place where educators can connect with each other (through answers to profile questions and the advanced Members search) and also as a way to connect educators with exemplary resources and professional development opportunities.
If you look on the Main page - you'll see MSP2 resources in the upper left hand box - we have resource guides where we have sifted and sorted and contextualized resources on topics important to middle school math and science teachers, an archive of all of our past webinars, the ability to search the MSP2 collection, and pages of teacher and student opportunities and grants. Our newest resource guide is about Teaching With Trade Books and includes lessons for science AND math classes.
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