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6th Grade Dissection Project

6th Grade Dissection Project
Posted on 01/10/2019
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6th grade students at HSSD Intermediate School had a once-in-a-lifetime experience just before winter break as they wrapped up a unit on cells and systems by dissecting sheep hearts and brains in Ms. Casey Wylie’s science class. Students had to apply to be part of the exercise, and were selected based (mostly) on a record of good behavior, and interest. Students who dissected the brains were looking at nerves and nerve chords. Those dissecting hearts learned about the circulatory system, including the atrium and ventricles. This experience was their first at HSSD with using scissors and exploring actual animal tissue.


Vacuum sealed in clean packages, the organs didn’t elicit any real cringing from students until they dug in with their scissors. They spent weeks learning about various human body structures from cells to organ systems, and Mrs. Wylie used this project to let them enjoy hands-on learning and apply knowledge in a way that makes it memorable.


“The exercise was purely exploratory. It’s important that we thread in exercises and projects like these that let our students use their knowledge to explore and have fun. Experiences like dissections are the ones that help students truly understand who has a deep passion for science,” said Ms. Wylie. “It is fascinating to see the varied reactions from students. This is a memorable experience to be part of, and something most students will never forget,” she said.


This is Ms. Wylie’s first year teaching 6th grade at HSIS, and she has also taught 5th grade science at HSIS. Previously, she worked in education at the Hot Springs Mid America Science Museum. The HSSD is lucky to have educators from varied backgrounds committed to making all learning experiences effective, engaging, and fun. Learn more about the HSSD Intermediate School, here.

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