I am so proud of y’all! I cannot believe what a GREAT job each of you did with today’s dissection! I couldn’t believe how well it went. Everyone was able to find olfactory bulbs, medulla, the Pons, the thalamus & hypothalamus, hippocampi, & the amygdala! Amazing! We even had a great example of dura matter, pig hair, & a bit of bone. No one threw up — only slightly disappointing, but Mr. Sharp wasn’t there enough to make it likely that he would’ve been vomited on. You know what I always say, why waste a good vomit? Vomit on someone. And we I got pranked by Shinie & Mr. Sharp. A perfect dissection lab.
My only regret is that I didn’t have a camera to photograph it all.
I have two documents that I want you to have access to online:
- The Pre-Dissection Worksheet: This worksheet was put together using pictures of pig brain dissections from years past. It gives you a good idea of what you’ll find on Friday. It also will help you find and label the various structures that we will be finding.
- The Pig Brain Dissection Guide: You will use this guide on Friday as you dissect the pig brain. I ask you to make sketches of what you see & check boxes of what you find. It will help you stay on track, do things in order, and remember what you saw and found. Unfortunately, it will get some pig brain and blood on it.
Look, it’s a pig brain, everybody!
Look closely at the pig brain. It looks very brainy!
“As I was saying, a pig… Shinie!”
Notice some of the changes I’ve posted here:
- Links to each of your blogs. This was done from the “Appearance” menu using the widget, “links.” I had to create (a) a link category (from the “Links” menu), (b) enter each link, and (c) check off the link category to get it to show up. Just drag and drop the widget into the area of the page you want it.
- Links to dissection guides. You’ll notice that these are all for sheep brains. That is the standard brain dissection, but we cannot get them as cheaply as we can pig brains. So, our brain will be slightly different. Remember, also, that our brains are not prepped for dissection. They have not been preserved in formaldehyde. Ours are fresh and have been prepped by a butcher for sale for consumption.
- Some of the dissection links are to worksheets in a variety of formats (pdf & ppt). In addition, I have this worksheet here: Sheep Dissection Guide as a word document. Each of the guides & worksheets cover a lot of the same ground. Look over them all and choose one or two to read in detail. Base your choice on what your comfortable with in terms of difficulty, pictures, etc.