by: Jessica Albers
Our middle school science department had a busy day Thursday and Friday of this week putting their knowledge of body systems into practice.
Mr. Griedl's 6th grade science classes dissected frogs. The students worked together in small lab groups. They were given tasks to complete such as finding frog teeth (which are not where you would think teeth would normally be) and noted differences between frog anatomy and human anatomy. For instance, did you know that the human tongue is connected in the back of the mouth while a frog's is connected at the front and flips forward? Salem's 6th graders do!
Our 8th graders took their work outside in the courtyard behind the middle school. The weather was perfect for outdoor learning. The students prepped for the dissection by watching a step by step tutorial that walked them through each stage of the dissection process from how to secure their specimen to how to make each cut. Mrs. Lange was available to assist as needed, but the studens were well prepared and handled the activity with little assistance. They had a great time working together in their lab groups. Future doctors and scientists in training!