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Slicing into science

Sidney seventh graders learn about anatomy through frog dissection


Anthony Ruiz / The Sun-Telegraph

Sidney seventh grader Karly Sylvester, 13, takes a look inside the mouth of her frog as she prepares for further dissection during life science class as 13-year-old Lainey Hausmann looks on.

The smell of formaldehyde permeated the halls of Sidney Middle School this week as seventh grade students learned about vertebrate anatomy in their life science class by dissecting frogs.

"It's kind of nasty, but fun," Lainey Hausmann, 13, said as she and her lab partner, 13-year-old Karly Sylvester, exposed the brain of their dissected frog.

Seventh grade science teacher Joydene McCarville said the experiment is done annually in the seventh grade life science class. This year, she had five classes dissecting close to 60 preserved frogs in teams of two to three students.

"It depends on the...

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