With the vet's recommendation to have further tests done, we wanted to know more about what an echocardiogram actually is and what a SNAP test does!
With an explanation for both tests in our back pocket, we moved into looking at Susie's data from these tests and created a summary chart to record not only what we know about Susie, but what we still need to find out:
It only seemed natural to revisit our DQB again, adding new questions we had about Susie's results from the echocardiogram and SNAP tests! Way to go 6th grade. We have so much to figure out!
It seems as if our first focus needs to be on the sick dog herself! Susie! So with some digging we found information regarding her most recent visit to the vet! However, much of the language was really technical! So we worked in our breakout rooms to discuss what each important part of her check-up would entail:
After discussing all the medical terminology, we turned to a more detailed breakdown of a small-animal check-up guide, along with looking at Susie's results! We've got some answers to some of our questions from here for sure!
Our breakout rooms are really helping us dig deep and discuss her results. We worked together to agree on the following:
Next Steps...the results of the echocardiogram and SNAP tests!
With so many questions at our fingerprints, we really needed to think about how what's going on with Susie could be connected to our own lives. While we don't know Susie or her owner personally, we're seeing that experiences with our own pets or our own health are deeply connected to what's going on with our sick dog!
Not only are we finding connections, or related phenomena, but we are also thinking like real scientists in trying to find ways to answer the questions we're asking. You'll see below that we've come up with some investigation ideas to help us figure out the answers to our questions!
With our questions deepening regarding our puppies at the vet, sick Susie and other related phenomena, we began documenting our questions on our Driving Question Board! We've set it up with four categories (for now) that are focused on: Susie, sickness/disease, treatment and other dogs. Boy do we have a lot of work to do in figuring out answers to our questions!
We launched our first unit of the school year by watching these two videos, taking on the role of veterinary interns! Many of us have dogs or know someone who has one, so it was easy to relate to what we saw!
After watching these videos, we realized not only did we notice a lot of things, but we had many wonderings, too! We also could connect to the puppies and sick dog by sharing out related phenomena. From there, we're onto figuring out how we can begin to answer our wonderings by coming up with investigation ideas. We're off to a great start!
Our unit is absolutely related to real world phenomena right now: COVID-19 and the effects of climate change. While we are not specifically figuring out COVID-19, we recognize understanding disease transmission is important!