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How do you know the success of the dissection activity with kids? Dissection is not merely opening the body of animals to learn about the inside organs. It is also a way to teach kids responsibility, moral, and other goals set in the preparation of the dissection.
Therefore, we need a series of finishing activity. Here are some activities we can do after the dissection with kids so that we can get more meaningful benefits out of it.
Most children are reluctant to tidy up or clean up their toys after they play. Not all children are like that, but parents usually have to remind them to clean up.
Cleaning up after dissection activities is expected to be a routine that makes the habit in other occasions. Cleaning up usually includes:
- Dissection kits
Dissection kits need to be sterilized well to make sure that all stain clean and they will be ready for another time. I am still not sure how to dismiss the smell. Some animals make harder smile to dismiss. Lemon might help it.
- The dead animal
Prepare a plastic bag for the dead animal and any slash you don't use anymore. For the fish dissection, we still can eat the fish without the stomach and some other organs. You also can put the dirty gloves and masks in the plastic bag as well.
- Other tools storage
Make sure you keep the clean masks and the goggles for the next use. Before you keep them in the storage, it is necessary to clean them up from sweat and stains.
- The Working Area
The dissection activity usually leaves dirty stains and smell that will be more difficult to clean up when it stays longer. Therefore, it is suggested that cleaning up after the activity is done soon.
Evaluate The Purposes
It is hard to leave children with their own conclusion at the end of the dissection activities. If you have already set the purpose or goals of the dissection activity with kids, it will be much better for you to evaluate with them whether your purposes are achieved well and which area that you want to improve. Here are some points you might use as purposes and evaluation.
- The mental performance
You might evaluate whether kids have shown maturity in the dissection activity, could handle their reaction of certain feeling (disgusted, for example), etc
- The academic achievementYou need to review what you want kids to achieve in the academic area. Check whether they have met the expectation. (for example: whether they could identify the organs, whether they could compare certain organ with the same organ in other animals, etc)
- The spiritual reflection
If you expect some performance related to the spiritual or religious area, you need to let them know before the dissection activity. You might ask how the activity has changed kids' view about God's creations.
- The involvement
The evaluation can include how kids have participated in the preparation, during, and after the dissection activity.
Follow Up With Activities
There are some activities that children might do to be more immersed in the dissection activity:
We cannot underestimate coloring for learning with any level of learning. Coloring the inside parts of the creature will be great to do as a review to the dissection activity. You might also do coloring together with children. Kids who don't want to do dissection can also get the benefits of coloring the inside parts of the creatures. They might miss the experience, but they still can catch up with the academic things.
For coloring we use The Zoology Coloring Book.There are some representative images of animals used to be dissected with their organs.
- There is also some information about the parts of the body.
- I ask kids to give the same color to the same parts of the body which are displayed from different views.
- We use the coloring pages for the dissection portfolio beside the video recording and the real pictures of them
For more advanced level of thinking, we can compare the inside organs of certain animal with other animal in the same types or with the different types. Kids also can compare the animal's organ to the human organ they read or watch from other references such as youtube or encyclopedia.
You might also make some analysis of the organs and the function related to the habitats and the features of the animal. You can use the pattern of causes and effects with them.
- Writing A Report
Kids from any level of learning can write reports with different forms and difficulty levels. Younger kids can just do an oral narration with parent's handwriting. Older kids can make layout and draft with different stages of details based on their levels.
Sharing The Feeling
Listening to the kids sharing their feeling after the dissection activity is really useful for you to evaluate the whole activity and to prevent misconception of the dissection activity's purposes. You might give some prompts to kids to share their feeling. Here are some examples:
- What they feel about looking at the unconscious animal.
- What they think about the small organs inside the animal. (Complicated, Delicate, etc)
- What they think about their tidiness in working.
Listen to their opinion and give some comments and praises.
Summarize The Activities
If you have enough time, a summary of the dissection activity can be done at the end. It will straighten all perception and conclusion kids might have about the dissection activity. The summary might include:
- The academic conclusion from the dissection activity.
- The evaluation of the activity, including the good things you have done, the areas you need to improve, how you can improve it next time.
- Sharing the documentation and the kids' work
- Things kids like and dislike about the dissection activity and the reasons behind.
Finally, then, the dissection activity has finished. Whether it is a great impressive or fail activity, you can know after you close the activity properly.
Have you done any dissection activity with your kids? How did you do it?
Do you want to do the dissection activity with kids?
This post is a part of the Dissection with Kids Series. Here are other posts about dissection with kids you should visit:
- The Reasons for The Dissection with Kids
- The Preparation for The Dissection with Kids
- The Tips for The Dissection with Kids
- After The Dissection with Kids
- 40 Alternative Resources for The Dissection with Kids
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