Thursday, June 7, 2018

Fetal Pig Dissection

Here are some photos from our pig dissection........

Last day of 2017-2018!

     As I sit here reflecting on the school year, I can't help but be grateful for being able to teach the Gospel to wonderful children. The support I receive from the parents and others is greatly appreciated and I know that they don't always agree with me, but they understand that I love their kids and want them to succeed! I was overwhelmed after graduation last night when I received a picture frame with all their pictures and a great message. I know God has called me to do what I do and I just want to say thank you to all of you for allowing me to be a part of your families lives. God bless and have a great summer!

Elective Day

Students from 7th/8th had a great afternoon of playing ultimate frisbee and also doing archery. The students went to play frisbee golf the day before and are really getting good at throwing a frisbee. As for archery, some of the students can really shoot a bow. I am by no means that good and they showed me up! It was a fun day!

Monday, May 21, 2018

Kermit Dissection! :)

Students did a dissection on an amphibian and found a few surprises inside. One found the body was full of eggs and a couple other had several undigested treats in the stomach! Fun!
Kids working in groups to start the dissection.

Students get to look at the inside after making the proper cuts.

Students are removing some organs.

Female with eggs!

The ventral side opening of the frog.
Kermit before the start of dissection!

The lungs of the frog!

Caterpillar found in the stomach.

Tongue of the frog.

Two of the three lobes of the liver.

The three chambered heart!

The backbone of the frog.

Two caterpillars found in one of the frog's stomach. :) 

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Washington D.C. Project (3D Part)

       Students had a very large project that they received in January in 8th grade. They had to do research for a monument or significant building in Washington D.C., write an outline, learn how to cite sources, and then write a 1000 word paper. In addition, they had to make a Google Slide presentation to practice public speaking, make a quiz for the students after it, write a one page summary to read on the bus when we go to their place, and a 3D model that portrays their project. It was a good experience for them for high school! Here are a few of them.
National Air and Space Museum

National Bureau of Engraving and Printing

Washington Monument

Aerial vew of Tomb of the Unknown (Arlington Cemetery).

White House (White House rose garden)

National Cathedral

Mount Vernon

The Natural History Museum (Smithsonian)
Lincoln Memorial

Lincoln Memorial
American History Museum

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Grasshopper and Starfish dissection with a surprise!

We were dissecting a Echinoderm today and one of my students had a large Starfish that looked like the stomach was on the outside of the mouth. This is not such a big deal but today was different! We found a baby octopus in the mouth of the Starfish that was still in tact. I love science and the amazing things that God created. What a great day!

Student holds a nice sized starfish!

Stomach of the starfish in the center.

The radial canal that comes from the ring canal and finishes at the tube feet, which is all part of the water vascular system.

Ring canal underneath the stomach that was removed.

Madroporite allows water to come into the starfish and through the stone canal. It then goes into the ring canal, which you see here.

Digestive parts of the starfish

Gonads of the starfish

Octopi in the mouth area of the starfish



Size fo the octopi from the starfish

Internal organs of the grasshopper.

Students making their cuts and peeling back the outer skin.

Jumping Legs

Students working on their dissections.

Simple and Compound eye of grasshopper.