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Biology is the best.  Ever.  Yesterday was a huge day in the life of my class: they gave to me their insect collections (they’d been collecting all summer) and in return, I gave to them two live fish (in a quart jar, complete with two bottles of distilled water and a small plastic-wrap packet of fish food). 
They were beyond thrilled with the fish (I was beyond thrilled with their insect collections):  “I finally have a pet!!”  “My fish is so cool!!!!”  “Can I touch it?”  “YOU MEAN WE GET TO TAKE THEM HOME?!?!”
Without even trying (or memorizing), they can spout off to me 4 of the 6 things that make a fish a fish…because they can see them on a real live model: fins, gills, scales, aquatic (the other distinctives are cold-blooded and egg-laying). 
Curious brains crank out questions: why does his mouth open and close like that?  Why is he wiggling?  Why are his fins moving even when he’s not?  How does he float?  Why can’t we use tap water?  How come these two are different color?  Where do they lay the eggs?  Do they ever sleep?  How big will they get?
Sharp eyes seize every observation: did you see that wiggle, I think he can hear me!  Look, his body moves in a curve when he swims! 
Young minds grapple with life: Are they scared?  Does it hurt?  Will they fight?  Is he lonely?  They’re going to die?!
All for $.13 a pop.

pet goldfish

insect collections

  1. #1 by Laura on November 2, 2010 - 1:44 pm

    You went for the fish! Yay; what a great way to make science come alive for them. Hopefully the fish will stay alive. 🙂

  2. #2 by joannamv on November 2, 2010 - 1:56 pm

    EWWW collecting insects EWWW!

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