Thanks for your comment. There's something about examining a real shark up close that is so exciting for students. It makes them want to read and learn all about sharks. We do an owl pellet dissection when we study owls and raptors and it has a similar effect. I'm reading a great book called The Last Child in the Woods. The author says many children are "nature deprived" and lack experience in the outdoors. When my brothers and I were kids we lived at beach house on the Gulf of Mexico every summer and played with Horseshoe Crabs, shells, and driftwood.
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