Shark Week

Dissection in Middle School Biology

LCS students are used to dissecting Great Works by authors like Homer or Shakespeare. For sixth graders in Mr. Evan Willis’ science class this week, dissection was a literal reality as they donned goggles, plastic aprons and latex gloves to dissect sharks in small groups.

As a method of discovery and education, dissection is thousands of years old. It provides a valuable complement to the text book, allowing students to experience biology with their sense. And for some, dissection can be a life-changing experience leading to careers in biology or medicine.

Students identified internal and external anatomy while exploring the function and interconnectivity of complex biological systems. As the costume novelty and smell of formalin waned, the thrill of experience and wonder waxed. And in the process of physical deconstruction, biology became tangible.