The 6th Grade scientists in Ms. Hurlock’s class spent Wednesday afternoon dissecting sheep brains.
The scientists first spent time studying their specimens, identifying the different parts of the brain and recording the data by drawing and labeling their own hand-drawn depictions. Amongst other observations, the 6th Graders noted that the sheep’s olfactory bulb was much larger than that of a human’s, giving the sheep a greater sense of smell.
The first dissection made separated the right and left hemispheres of the brain, offering a true “inside” look. Students also conducted poke tests to discover the density of different parts of the brain.
One student proclaimed “It’s so pretty!” after cutting the brain into separate hemispheres, while others wrinkled their noses. Others likened the brain to chicken and pork – which of course welcomed retorts of, “You’ve ruined chicken for me!”