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Introduction to Animal Science - Semester Long Class for 8th - 9th Grades

In this semester-long 18-week long course, learners will explore animal science through social, biological and global perspectives.
Mrs. Katee Mcspadden
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55 minutes per class
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Class Experience

Students will learn in depth what it takes to be involved in Animal Science today. They will learn what qualifies as animal science, types of jobs available, how animals affect the world as well as their uses both culturally and economically. They will develop a business plan based on animal agriculture that interests them and what may/may not be available in their areas. They will be exposed to different aspects of veterinary medicine and watch demonstrations on animal care.  They will be able to watch a demonstration of proper techniques of sutures and shots, as well as learn correct location to avoid injury to the animal. Students will learn not just book smarts, but how to apply their learned knowledge into real life. Students will have the opportunity to visit with real life experts and record their findings. 
I am a former middle school - high school agricultural education teacher where I taught specialty classes including introduction to agriculture, veterinary science, introduction to animal science, plant science, greenhouse, agriscience 1 and agriscience 2 as well as welding fabrication, various welding classes, career technical education, physical education and earth science for 6 years. I also served as an adjunct professor to our local junior college as a welding professor. I am a life long agriculturalist, having been involved in the cattle and horse industry for my entire life, and serving multiple roles in the industry from National Ambassador to Producer - my current role, I have assisted in veterinary care for multiple vets, helping with surgeries, ultrasounds of both horses and cattle, various forms of testing for pathogens, and more . I live and work on a working cattle ranch with my family, where I homeschool my four children who range in ages from 7-14. I also am the president of our local homeschool co-op and director of our county science fair board. 
Homework will include projects, field trips and movies. Students will complete their projects individually, but come to class ready to discuss what they learned in their projects, on their field trips and in the movie.
Handouts for the next class will be provided to add to interactive notebooks, and be ready to use during class. Necessary supplies for classes are broken down below: week one - six: handout and discussion week seven: 4 different colors of playdough, cookie sheet or surface for laying out playdough digestive systems for comparison week eight: assortment of seed forms of corn, rye, clover, oats, wheat, bermuda grass, alfalfa grass, triticale grass or other grass found in your area (not all seed forms are required to obtain, but a minimum of 4 - many can be found at a grocery store or garden supply store), 4 6 small pots, potting soil, helpful but not necessary as they are expensive - grow light. A window with 6 + hours of sun will work too. week nine - digestion lab: resealable (ziploc style) sandwich bag, sliced white bread, 1 small can of cola or small jar of orange juice, 1 3 oz. disposable cup, paper towels, paper for drawing on, markers, trash bag for disposing of finished project, ruminant digestive system handout. Show progress of feed stuff growth. week ten: Discussion of who Temple Grandin is and the way she transformed animal care in modern day America. Students will need to watch the Temple Grandin movie (available to rent for $2.99 or buy on amazon prime for $9.99, or buy DVD through amazon for $14.99) on their own week eleven - twelve: handouts and discussion; students will need to schedule a field trip with a local veterinarian during these weeks. If you need help contacting a local veterinarian, please send me a message and I will assist you. Handout will be provided for trip. Students will be quizzed on what they learn at the veterinarian shadow day during week thirteen. Their handout will allow them a space to record what they learn. week thirteen: veterinary demonstrations. Students will watch various demonstrations including: how to properly apply bandages, identifying the proper food to feed a sick animal such as a cat or dog and students will watch (not participate in) a demonstration of checking temperature, vital signs and discuss proper suture and shot technique, location and when they might be needed. We will also discuss possible times that these procedures may be necessary for the well being of the animal. This is a good time for students to ask lots of questions and take notes - as this week will help them with the remaining weeks lessons and final project. week fourteen - eighteen: handouts, rules for final project and field trip will be discussed in class. Students will need to write them down on their own.
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learner progress is assessed weekly through oral quizzes at the beginning of class. Projects are also a good way to ensure understanding of subjects taught and learned.
55 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
we will be discussing animal agriculture, including but not limited to careers, husbandry, health, cultural significances and more. Please write me a message if you have questions or would like further details. The veterinary demonstrations will show what to expect when you go to the vet! Your child will watch demonstrations of various aspects of animal care, as well as discuss how to take care of a sick animal and what to feed it. If you would prefer your child not complete these activities, that is fine as they are optional, but they will gain the most knowledge and experience if allowed to complete the hands on portions of the class. You know your child best!
material for the class comes from Introduction to Animal Science, 4th edition by W. Stephen Damron as well as personal knowledge and experience. Students will be provided with excerpts of the book/graphs/etc. as needed throughout the course. Purchase of the book is suggested but not required. 


Mrs. Katee Mcspadden
Lives in the United States
Science is the greatest way to Speak Truth
42 total reviews
50 completed classes

About Me

Hi! My name is Katee McSpadden and I taught middle school - high school agricultural education and was an FFA advisor for 6 years, as well as an adjunct professor for welding and metal fabrication at our local junior college. 

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