Participating in what has become an annual student rite-of-passage, NJH 7th graders dissected frogs last week. Seventh grade life science teachers John Leaf, Becky Fritz and Amy Bode supervised dissections. They were joined by several supportive parent volunteers.
The activity was the culmination of the Human Body unit. During the dissection, students were asked to look for differences and similarities between humans and amphibians.
Science teachers reported that all went very well for the young dissectors (and parents). The students had their own observations:
“I actually liked dissecting. It wasn't as bad as I thought it'd be.” Bella
“It was interesting to see what was on the inside of the frog because I didn't know it would look like that. Also, when I tried to take the heart out, it broke and the inside was a darker color compared to the outside; that was interesting, too.” Jeffery
“It was fun in the beginning! I did really like it at first but by the end it got pretty gross. After a while I didn't like the smell of the juices that were on the inside.” Natalie
“The most interesting part was the liver. I didn't expect a liver to be both that big & spread out - it filled up the whole body cavity - and right below the frog's skin - it was the top layer.” Anavey
Whether students liked dissecting or not, a visit to the life science classrooms last week showed students engaged in discovery.