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Biology Lab: Advanced (Pig & Cat) - Dissection Alternative

Help your student confidently approach dissection using anatomically correct 3D models of pig and cat. Models can be used in preparation for or in place of dissection. Models follow actual dissection process.
Jennifer Anderson
6 total reviews for this teacher
New class
50 minutes
per class
Twice per week
over 2 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does a "Multi-Day" course work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Students will create 3D dissection models 
Studying the organs of models and contrasting differences. 
Students will become familiar with external and internal systems of different animals.
I taught Biology lab in-person at local co-op for a few years, multiple biology lab sections each year. I have dissected a variety of  real specimens: earth worms, crayfish, frogs and perch. I have helped students learn dissection throughout the lab courses and helped them learn to see things that are difficult to recognize when still a novice in lab techniques. I hope to help your student grow in confidence and lab experience, as I help guide their studies. You can learn a lot from books, but there is no substitute for the experience of real hand's on learning and seeing the wonders of Biology. The reason I love specifically Biology, is that it seems so simple, however when you look closer either microscopic or macroscopic the complexity is just awesome. 
Print "color template" pdfs, **CUT pieces in preparation for class. 
Print "numeric key" pdf. (functions already completed)

Optional: Color your own "black-line" pdf.
                  Complete "pre-filled student key" pdf. (list functions of parts) 
If student has not completed model in class, this will become homework to complete on their own. 
-Print digital files prior to class -Lab notebook/ or white paper -Pen, colored pencils (if coloring model) -banana, hot dog (or cooked, cooled potato). -2 pieces of carboard or small Styrofoam tray for dissection practice - dissection kit or materials (pairing knife, 10 sewing pins in storage container, tweezers) -Glue stick or glue dots
Students may request a lab practical, however it is not required.
1 hour 40 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
It is helpful that students begin cutting prior to class, so they will have time for dissection and making model in class.
Students will be led through simple dissection technique using either scalpel or pairing knife. They will practice pinning models, optional. They will need a clean place to work, pdf must be printed prior to lab and materials for the day gathered.  

These models are made to scale and anatomically correct, they allow students to mimic the actual dissection process. Color coding of organs and systems in models allows students to compare anatomy between specimens with ease. This allows them to have a thorough experience, for those choosing to dissect a preserved specimen they will be well prepared to proceed. I do offer a follow up class upon request to help students make connection between model and dissecting specimens. 
Scienstructable 3D Dissection Models, 2017 Getting Nerdy.
         ** Standards for NGSS, TEKS or GSE available upon request or visit resources at
Dissection videos and resources: 


Jennifer Anderson
Lives in the United States
B.S. (Science), AOS, TESOL Certified, Crafter & Curious
6 total reviews
14 completed classes

About Me

Curiosity is the key to being an active learner - I enjoy encouraging learners to be curious and creative!

I teach High School Biology Labs, science experiments, and a variety of crafty clubs (as well as conversational English). I thoroughly... 
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