A Sixth Grade Window

"The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows." ~Sydney J. Harris

The “Eyes” Have It…

Today was one of my favorite science lessons!  We dissected cow eyes.  During our “Light and Sound” unit we discuss the parts of the eye, how light enters the eye, reflects, refracts, etc.  Prior to the dissection, students studied a great website where they explore and learn about the dissection of a cow’s eye.

We performed a variety of activities about light and the eye before doing the dissection…students were very eager for the eyes to arrive today!

For our measurement unit, we predicted how many grams a cow’s eye may weigh and how many centimeters in diameter a cow’s eye would measure.  They were very excited to see the real thing after talking about it for so many days.

I love watching the looks on the students’ faces when I watch the videos that were taken.  I can’t wait to debrief the experience tomorrow!

Video Disclaimer:  1.  No cows were injured for this experiment.  2.  All students could opt out if they did not feel comfortable with the dissection.  3.  I am so not an expert scientist. ;)

Cow’s Eye Video Clips