Anti-Valentine’s Day Dissections

February 14, 2017




Photo by Noelle Hoenig — 7th grade scholars dissecting a lily.


By Noelle Hoenig

The atmosphere of room 103 was lively as middle school scholars worked in teams to cut up the long stems and pretty petals of colorful flowers.

In honor of Valentine’s Day, Mrs. Erickson’s 7th grade life science class dissected flowers, labeling the experience “Anti-Valentine’s Day” as an ironic spin on the day of love. The scholars have been studying the different kingdoms when Erickson noticed that the section on the plantae (plant) kingdom happened to fall on February 14th. The scholars got to choose flowers such as lilies, tulips, and irises to take apart piece by piece.

“In this dissection,” Erickson explained, “they have to take the plants and identify different parts of vascular plants and nonvascular plants. They do this by drawing them, dissecting them, looking through the microscopes, creating wet slides and see if they can see different parts like the stomata, cellulose, and parts of the petal.”

Seventh grade scholar Analyssa Shainin dissected a white lily. “I enjoyed this dissection because I got to cut things up and make my own slides which I never had the opportunity to do before.”

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