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Earthworms are an important part of the ecosystem, helping loosen soil so that minerals, oxygen, and water can penetrate it easier. They also have a very easy anatomy to observe while learning dissection techniques. Because of this, earthworms are a perfect specimen to begin your dissection journey with. At the beginning of class, we will review the dissection kit tools and their uses. We will also observe the external anatomy of the preserved earthworm before beginning the dissection. As...
Students will be able to name standard dissection tools. Students will be able perfect dissection techniques. Students will be able to observe the internal and external anatomy of a preserved earthworm specimen.
I was a middle school science teach for 10 years and in that time, have lead hundreds of students through many dissections including the hot dog, earthworms, clams, crayfish, and sharks. In my college Zoology class, I was the only student to successfully extract the entire spinal nerve of a crayfish that the professor had ever had! I find dissections fascinating and a good stepping stone for any student interested in anatomy, physiology, zoology, or college sciences.
Students will need a dissection kit and a preserved earthworm specimen. I have included the link to Home Science Tools which has a cheap standard kit for $5.60 (at the time of this writing). Amazon also has a couple for approximately $10. I personally recommend Home Science Tools. Not only is that where I purchase all of my dissection specimens but I have found them to be the most cost effective for these items. I have also included the link to Home Science Tools earthworm specimen which is $1.30 at the time of this writing. Students may prefer to have disposable gloves on when dissecting. They also need a clean area to dissect (on a plate, cutting board, paper towels.)
Learner progress is assessed through the dissection technique during class. No tests are given.
40 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
Dissection tools are sharp and as such, your student must be mature enough to handle them on their own by your estimation. Reproductive organs are also a part of a preserved earthworm and will be part of the organ system that students dissect. Though no in-depth discussion of earthworm reproduction will occur, these organs are named and their uses are defined during dissection. Earthworms contain both male and female organs i.e... seminal vesicles are the organ where sperm is stored and seminal receptacles are where they receive sperm.
Mysti Chisholm, RPSGT, MBA-HM
Science Instructor and Sleep Medical Professional
🇺🇸Lives in the United States
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Hello students and parents! Of note*-- I will be on vacation from January 18th-28th, 2023. I will still be able to get messages and answer questions but not in as timely manner as usual. I am a former Science teacher who now runs a...