This morning, we had our third and final fish dissection. This time we dissected a sea bass, which was larger than yesterday's mackerel and very scaly! The large, silvery scales easily came loose when children rubbed the fish's skin, and many children enjoyed feeling and observing the fish's scales. We were also curious to see what would be in this fish's stomach, especially since it was around the same size at the porgy, whose stomach was full of other smaller sea creatures. We were surprised to find what seemed like already-digested food--a couple scales, and some brownish mush.
Another great thing that has been happening throughout our dissections is the Purple Room children's use of classroom resources. As we began this morning's dissection, one child brought over a book on sharks--he had seen a diagram in the book of a shark skeleton that particularly fascinated him, and he wanted to see if the fish's was the same. This is just one example of how the children are truly beginning to take the lead in our investigation. Their interest levels and curiosities are driving them to seek out answers to their questions, make comparisons and contrasts, and draw connections between the things they're learning (like wanting to compare the actual fish bones with a diagram in a book).
Below are some quotations from the dissection:
"All I can see is body parts and blood."
"That's cool. And yucky."
"Our lungs are bigger and not in our cheeks."
"I noticed that the scales have holes in them."
"A ball--that's probably the eyeball."