Hands-On Science Lab About Tissues – Dissecting Chicken Wings

This week in the Academy of Aerospace and Engineering, Ms. Garavel’s 7th grade science class began studying about various types of tissue, especially those that exist in the human body. The students had been studying cells, so now they were learning how cells connect to form tissues. Rather than just read about skin, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and bones, the students got a chance to examine these in a hands-on science lab dissecting chicken wings. To prepare for the lab, the students had homework the night prior to watch a video on how to dissect a chicken wing, then to prepare an experimental procedure. Ms. Garavel did not let them start the lab until they showed they had done this work. The wings were raw, so the class also followed good safety and hygiene practices to prevent spreading any possible germs. When they got their chicken wings, the students worked in pairs to carefully dissect them to identify all the different types of tissue. The next day, the class discussed what they had seen and wrote up their lab reports. This is a fairly simple lab, though it requires some good preparation, and the students enjoy it and learn well from it. Here are photos of the students busy dissecting:

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Author: Bryan Holmes, Physics & Math Teacher, STEM Competition Mentor

Starting at Thomaston High School in Thomaston, Connecticut, in fall of 2018.

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