To accompany English 10’s reading of and work on J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, sophomores trekked to biology teacher Dr. Kish’s lab to examine some creatures that are feared or generally regarded as disgusting or repulsive.
Dr. Kish shared with the classes his collection of insects, spiders, tapeworms and other critters in vials and had Octofuzz the tarantula and boa constrictors Puppy Dog and Rosie make live appearances. Also on hand were human bones and a skull from a real human skeleton to pass around and inspect.
Whether viewed in a jar, touched momentarily, or wound around one’s neck, these creatures were fascinating to investigate. Dr. Kish reminded the classes that there is nothing inherently scary about these living things; we need to learn about them in order to understand and appreciate them.
Just as Bilbo undertakes many challenges that test his bravery on his journey, so too did students learn to overcome their fears and learn to appreciate these wonderful critters!