Author Archives: Sarah Schmidt

About Sarah Schmidt

I am a PhD candidate in the Ecology & Evolutionary Biology department at the University of Kansas. I study prairie rivers and I am especially interested in algal communities and using lipids to explore food webs.

I Heart Science (Nov. 17)

Today’s activity was a pig heart dissection. First, we used a diagram on the overhead screen to review blood circulation in the human body.  After jogging their memories in regards to atria, ventricles, and valves, we handed out the hearts … Continue reading

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Macroinvertebrates as Bioindicators (Nov. 10)

Due to parent-teacher conferences, an illness, and a unit test, it’s been several weeks since I’ve seen the Landon students. Today we got back into the swing of things and I gave my problem based lesson. They were on Friday … Continue reading

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Fun with Scalpels (Oct. 10 & 11)

This week’s activity consisted of sheep brain dissections. I attended school on both Monday and Tuesday, so I worked with all six of Mr. Macha’s classes. We started by giving the students a sheep brain and then asking them to … Continue reading

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Neurons & You (Sept. 29)

The students began class with a review; they looked through their notes and wrote down two questions about the brain. Then, they paired up and asked their partner the questions. They repeated this with another partner, so each student asked … Continue reading

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Sept. 22 – BRAINS!

This week Mr. Macha’s class moved on to brains, which just happens to be one of my favorite things to teach. The lesson for the day focused on the idea that different parts of the brain are responsible for different … Continue reading

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I’m a Scientist (Sept. 15)

I had a lot of fun with my “I’m a Scientist” lesson today. We started out with a discussion of the different things scientists do. I had them talk amongst their lab tables, but it took them a while to … Continue reading

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September 8 – More Fun with Eyeballs

Today we examined the angle of the field of view and used color boxes to test the difference between rods and cones. We explored how where the eyes are located on the head changes the field of view; we compared … Continue reading

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