Today began our shark dissections in 4th grade! (Hence the smell.)
The lovely smell of formaldehyde has taken over my classroom. Today was our first day with our Dogfish Sharks. The kiddos got to put on gloves and touch and observe the outside of the shark. Tomorrow will begin our actual measuring and opening up of the sharks. Thursday will include pulling out and opening up parts of the shark. Yum. If we're lucky, we'll find the shark's last meal. (Two years ago when I did this we found fish in the intestines. Double yum.)
I had to suck it up and be an adult today. I won't lie...my stomach tossed and turned when I had to reach into a juicy bag and pull out six dogfish sharks by their tails. I've done this before, but that smell hits you each time. The stench burns and I definitely need a shower.
Here's to another day of stinking. Does learning get any more authentic than this?
So what about you? Have you ever dissected anything? Taught a dissection? Have any dissection horror stories?