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Advanced Biology Lab: Cat Dissection Alternative

High School Biology students make model of cat to learn anatomy. Models are anatomically correct & model actual dissection process - animal-friendly dissection alternative or use in preparation for dissection. AP Bio/ Pre-med/ vet #ACADEMIC
Jennifer Anderson
12 total reviews for this teacher
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- Produce 3D model cat to visually showcase their internal anatomy and systems. 
- Utilizing open lab time to practice lab techniques of choice and keeping a lab journal.
- Improving understanding of animal classification and human anatomy
This course is part of a series. I have completed several classes of Dissection Alternatives model sets and incorporated student feedback to enhance them. The classes include color models, additional step-by-step images, opportunities to practice dissection on non-animal specimens, and pinning modeling exercises. The external and internal parts and their functions are discussed through lecture while students assemble models. These classes showcase the distinct features of each animal and also highlight similarities between animal systems, making for an engaging study.

For a few years, I served as an in-person Biology lab instructor for multiple sections at a local co-op. During my tenure, I guided pupils through dissection exercises featuring real specimens such as crayfish, earthworms, perch, and frogs. I also helped students develop their lab techniques and taught them how to identify hard-to-spot details.

I aim to support your student in building confidence and practical skills through guidance in their studies. Although books have their uses, nothing compares to the benefits of hands-on learning and witnessing the marvels of Biology. My love for Biology stems from its deceptive simplicity, which upon deeper examination reveals a truly astounding complexity.

My area of study is Biology, and I hold a Bachelor of Science degree where I learned about microbiology, histology, and aquatic invertebrates. In my co-op lab classes, I gained hands-on experience with microscopes and learned how to create slides rather than just viewing prepared ones. I am now providing microscope classes through Outschool, where students are encouraged to use their compound or digital microscopes during open lab time. I utilize digital cameras to share my own microscope view,  as well as encourage students' to share their microscope view. While I value traditional lab techniques, I also believe that technology can enhance the lab experience when appropriate.
-Prior to class print PDF files from class page (template and numeric key, 2-3 pages each)
-This class is intensive, it is crucial for learners to prepare cut pieces before each session. (30 min - 1 hour)
**Learners have the option to print a colored model or a black-line template that they can color themselves. Having the numeric key while cutting or coloring will be beneficial and aid in becoming familiar with the parts. 
Print PDFs of models and numeric key - Page protectors can be helpful for organizing models and numeric keys - composition or other form of notebook to keep lab notes -Pen, colored pencils (if coloring model) -large piece of carboard, Styrofoam tray or towel to place model - dissection kit or materials (pairing knife, sewing pins in storage container, probe /tooth picks, tweezers) -Glue stick or glue dots Open Lab (optional): - a real cat for observation, if using compound or digital microscope sample of cat hair, some prepared slide kits include cat/ dog slides.
It is recommended that teachers or parents listen to students as they present their completed models and describe the various parts. Additionally, students may have lab journal notes from open lab time that they can share.

If needed, they can use the provided numeric key for reference. Having a lab practical is optional and not mandatory.
1 hour 30 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
Please feel free to let me know of any issues your learner may have that I need to be aware of. I always strive to be considerate towards learners, so don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. This will help me make sure that your learner has a positive lab experience.

**To improve the efficiency of class time, please assist students with scheduling time to print and prepare the necessary model pieces. Additionally, visual learners will benefit from the step-by-step pictures provided to help assemble the models.
         ** Standards for NGSS, TEKS or GSE available upon request 


Jennifer Anderson
Lives in the United States
BS Biology/ TESOL Certified: 1-on-1 / Small Group Classes - Friend of Animals & Summer Camp Enthusiast (Crafter)
12 total reviews
29 completed classes

About Me

I am excited for your learner to join my classroom soon, now that summer is here. 

My teaching philosophy is centered on making learning enjoyable, relevant, and interesting. Moreover, I believe that intelligence and creativity are closely... 
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