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edu180 atl: felice atkinson 10.31.12

We have an exciting group of typical and atypical learners at Sophia Academy.  Students are taught National Core Curriculum Standards and critical thinking skills through a multi-sensory academic approach. Singing about DNA, dancing to the four types of body tissues, and eating jelly donuts that represent cells are some examples of learning science through this method.

As we continue with our biology unit, we look for hands-on learning opportunities that also develop critical thinking skills. Using our local grocery as a resource, Sophia Academy students are learning about the anatomy of fish. On Monday, students were given an opportunity to demonstrate understanding of the external anatomy of a fish through describing, identifying, labeling and coloring a fish diagram.  Tuesday, students studied the internal organs as they were asked to describe, identify, and label and color a diagram of the 14 internal organs then classify the organs into their coordinated organ systems according to definitions.

Tomorrow we will move up to level Bloom’s Taxonomy as we continue to apply the anatomy information at the higher levels of analysis and synthesis. Students in groups of three will have hands on experience assisting an adult volunteer to dissect a large wide mouthed bass, describe, identify and label 10 external parts and 14 internal parts, classify the internal organs.  Finally, students will categorize each organ into the matching organ systems. Graphic organizers will be completed to categorize information. Copies of previously completed diagrams, vocabulary and definitions will be used to assist the students. Students will have the opportunity to see, touch through gloved hands, and thoroughly discuss their experience with adults.  Adults will also assist students as they state, defend, and give appropriate reasoning as they identify and classify organs and organ systems.

As the nation increases their emphasis on STEM education, it is important to provide students with exciting, memorable, hands-on multi-sensory academic opportunities that teaches both critical thinking skills and the National Core Curriculum Standards. Dissecting an inexpensive fish from a neighborhood grocery store is a fun way for the students to accomplish both.

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  1. I love your post and the images of children so excited by these engaging learning opportunities. And, you are so correct: the fish dissection sounds wonderful. In my anatomy class we just dissected chicken wings (purchased at a local grocery store) to better understand skin, fat, muscle, tendons, and bones. The kids loved it (although I think most of them gave up eating chicken for a few days after). Sometimes aspects of biology can feel so distant, remote, and inaccessible to kids, but a fish from the grocery store… that’s pretty familiar and comfortable. Finding ways to make science approachable enhances the learning and interest for sure. Thanks for sharing.

    October 31, 2012

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