Jen Brown

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Dissecting Pigs for Science Education

Posted: Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Guest Feature:  Mr. Main's class

All Fifth Graders at Mackinaw Trail Middle School in Mr. Main,  Ms.. Ulrich, Ms. Lucey, and Ms. Norman's class participate in this lab experiment. 

This science section at MTMS introduces students to dissecting pigs.  The class and community collaborative activity offers students a first hand lab opportunity as young scientists.  

Students, parents and community volunteers work with parts referred to as pig "plucks".  These include the heart, lungs, trachea, esophagus and other "parts" of the pig for use in the science class.

The pig "plucks"  are donated to all of the fifth grade classrooms by Swick's Custom Butchering in Tustin at no charge so that the students may learn more about the body, how it works and to emulate how scientists work   in a research lab.  The standards this lab touches upon also deal with the circulatory, respiratory and digestive system.  




The students along with volunteers participate in lab experiments that have them run a marble down the esophagus and blow up the lungs with a straw.

They then cut the heart into two pieces to see the four chambers and how it pumps and receives blood.

Fifth graders at MTMS have the know how from this early training to feel confident in a lab setting, understand research, documentation and the benefit of experiments.