Today was our annual 7th grade science trip to dissect a pig heart at Saint Louis University. I decided to capture this rather literal slice of life with a series of lists.
Five Things Overheard in the Dissection Room:
- While dangling a piece of the right atrium in his hand: "This kind of looks like a mushroom."
- "Time for my Grey's Anatomy moment."
- "I don't think my pig ate a healthy diet."
- "Can you take my picture while I pose with the pig heart?"
- "Ew, I think my pig heart just juiced on me."
Four Smells Permeating the Dissection Room:
- The powdery substance that coats the inside of surgical gloves
- Axe body spray
- Neosporin that was used on the one (only one!) cut sustained during the experience
Three Tools Handled Directly by 86 7th Grade Students:
- A super, super sharp scalpel
Two Facial Expressions Seen on Students' Faces:
- The look of utter disgust: curled upper lip, wrinkled nose, furrowed brow.
- The look of utter awe: mouth in a perfect O, eyebrows raised in wonder.
One Haiku to Sum Up Today:
Field trips: chaotic.
Students with sharp tools: scary.
Learning: so worth it.