My lesson was about artificial insemination in cattle and how it differs from conventional breeding. The students would be forming their own hypothesis and then testing as well as collecting data and forming a conclusion. The experiment was that they would be constructing two reproductive tracks out of balloons, rubber bands and life saver mints. Next they would try to pour sprinkles into one balloon and the other balloon they would pour the sprinkles down a straw that has been inserted. Which balloon has more sprinkles that made it into the bottom? That is the method that will result in a high conception rate as the sprinkles are bypassing trying to weave through the lifesavers and rubber bands.
I though this was a super fun lab and the students seemed to have lots of fun doing it but I still think there were some things I could have done differently or better.
- Was a super fun, hands on lab for students
- Thought I had good enthusiasm
- Tried to make all of my questions opened and not just a yes/no answer like when asking who has questions instead of are there any questions
- Should have had students label the balloons that
- I had an example balloon made up ahead of time and I completely forgot to pull it out and show students what it was to look like when they were questioning it.
- I need to stop using my go to filler word of UMM! I need to get better at this!