Whales began their exploration of the human body last week. We started our study by looking closely at our teeth and mouths. Whales spent a lot of time looking in their own mouths, noticing the ways their teeth are changing, and comparing their teeth to those of other mammals. We were lucky enough to have a visit from one of our own Whale parents, Ms. Ashli. Ms. Ashli is a dental hygienist and she shared facts about the way our teeth grow, how to care for our teeth and some fascinating facts about our tongues! We spent time practicing how to floss with Duplo blocks and playdough, we told stories about the Tooth Fairy, wrote letters to her, and painted a picture of her.
In addition, the Whales were treated to a special visit from Dr. Searcy (professor in the Exercise Science department at Pacific) and one of his teaching assistants. Dr. Searcy brought a human skeleton, along with a torso model that gave Whales a glimpse into the inner workings of their own bodies. Whales had endless questions about the digestive system, the circulatory system and more.
Later in the week, Whales did some more exploration of their own skeleton, pairing up and trying to locate their friend’s vertebrae, clavicle, humerus, mandible, ribs, pelvis, sacrum, femur and more! It was some good tickly fun!
On Thursday, the Whales again chose a partner and worked to trace the outline of one another’s bodies. Then they got busy gluing the skeletal bones to all the right places on their traced bodies. We plan to label them like scientists next week!