Guess what we did this week? Give up? We dissected some fingerlings. Boaz’s dad, Mr. Hill, brought in some steelhead that came from a hatchery in Washington. When we first started some of us weren’t too sure about doing this. Dissection is when you cut something apart to observe the pieces. First, we examined the outer part of the fish. We found that it had five different kinds of fins. Each fin helps the fish glide through the water. We also saw the lateral line. We looked carefully at the eyes, scales, and gill cover. Next, we cut off the gill cover to find the gills underneath. Then we examined it with our loupes (magnifying glasses). We observed that the gills were very small, soft, and kind of resembled a feather.
Then the fun began. We then cut them open to look inside. We had been learning all of the parts that a salmon should have and Mrs. Heuker (Bernie’s mom) told us that a salmon and a steelhead should have the same internal parts. She was correct. We found a liver, pyloric ceca, a heart (it was in a diamond form), the vent, the stomach, some bones, the swim bladder, and the intestines.
Parker thought that the dissection was fun to do. It was cool to see all of the internal organs that we had been learning about. Lauren thought that it smelled gross. Joseph said that the fish felt slimy, but that good for them for protection and to help them glide through the water. Colton thought that doing the dissection was a helpful way to learn more about them.
We appreciated Mr. Hill getting us the steelhead to dissect and Mrs. Hueker (Bernie’s mom) and Mr. Seemann (Isabella’s dad) helping us with the dissection part. Also, thanks to our Ms. Moore, the high school science teacher. She was very generous in letting us use some of the high school equipment.
Another exciting event was that some of our salmon eggs hatched and now we have a few alevin complete with their own lunch sacks! We hope that this weekend even more hatch! Six students have completed their salmon stories…many of us are working on pictures, and a few of us still writing our stories. These stories need to be completed by Tuesday, November 6.
Speaking of Tuesday, November 6, we are going on a field study to Eagle Creek. We are going RAIN OR SHINE. Everyone needs to come prepared by wearing sturdy, outdoor shoes, a warm jacket, a snack and a lunch. Chaperones for our trip: Paul Mayhew, Casey Heuker, Bill Hill, Deborah Seemann, Alanna Shields, Christie Dillard, and Tom Heuker.
We ROCKED at Dodgeball during recess. We played against another class and did very well.
Many of us will need to be working on our Sense of Wonder this weekend. It is due on Wednesday, November 8. Students should have three pieces of work that they can share with others. We are having our celebration on Thursday.
Sunday, November 4 – Change to Daylight Savings Time, clocks FALL BACK
Tuesday, November 6 (all day) Field Study to Eagle Creek and Election Day
Wednesday, November 7 – Sense of Wonder projects are due
Thursday, November 8 – Sense of Wonder Celebration 2:45 pm until 3:25 pm Parents are welcome!
Monday, November 12 – NO SCHOOL (Veteran’s Day)
Wednesday, November 14 – Picture Retakes (forms available)
Friday, November 16 – School Day
Thursday, November 22 – Thanksgiving NO SCHOOL
Friday, November 23 – NO SCHOOL