Here are some photos from our pig dissection........
Thursday, June 7, 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!
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
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
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|
|Aerial vew of Tomb of the Unknown (Arlington Cemetery).|
|White House (White House rose garden)|
|The Natural History Museum (Smithsonian)|
|American History Museum|
Thursday, May 10, 2018
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.|
|Students working on their dissections.|
|Simple and Compound eye of grasshopper.|