Prior to the visit to the lab, students had studied all the various human body systems. They made models demonstrating how two of the systems worked together. During this portion of the lesson, students were required to make an overlay of one system and demonstrate how it lies in the body in relation to a second system – similar to a transparency over a drawing.
They also had to write an essay explaining how the two systems work together to maintain homeostasis where different but interdependent elements or groups of elements in an organism stay in a stable state of equilibrium.
The assignment nailed several Science Standards that teachers must follow. In this case, students were taught to use a model to describe the relationships between body systems and explain how the body systems work together to maintain homeostasis.
Next, the students had to identify, label, and color the main organs of a fetal pig.
“We use a fetal pig because their body systems are very similar to humans, such as a four chambered heart. After watching a video on how to properly dissect the fetal pig, we then went to the lab to actually dissect them,” explained Biology Teacher Mary Mclean.
The students were excited to participate in the dissection assignment. In fact, each of the students easily responded to an oral quiz on identifying the various organs.
(Above and Below) Teacher Mary McLean with Simon Baker, Suami Restifo, Daniel Choate, Montana Ragan, Brandon McGinnis, and Teaching Assistant Beth Craig
(Above and below) Maggie Gregory, Rylee Keith, Brody Weaver, and William King dissecting the fetal pig