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Biology Lab Essentials: Dissection Alternative & Practice (5 Day Intensive)

Jennifer Anderson
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(14)
High School Biology -make detailed 3D paper models of earthworm, crayfish, perch & frog to learn animal anatomy. Anatomically correct & model dissection process -animal friendly dissection alternative / in preparation for. View Dissection.

Class experience

US Grade 9 - 12
This class is taught in English.
- Produce 3D models of different animal species to visually showcase their internal anatomy and systems. 
- Comparing similarities and differences among animals.
- Practicing basic dissection techniques using non-animal specimens.
- Utilizing open lab time to practice lab techniques of choice and keeping a lab journal.
- Improving understanding of animal classification and human anatomy.
I have completed several units of Biology Essentials: Dissection Alternatives 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.
Homework Offered
Homework: -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.
1 - 2 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
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.
Grades Offered
Print PDFs of models and numeric key
- Page protectors can be helpful for organizing models and numeric keys
-Pen, colored pencils (if coloring model)
- hot dog or potato (cooked, cooled), banana, orange
-4 or more pieces of carboard or Styrofoam trays for dissection practice 
- dissection kit or materials (pairing knife, sewing pins in storage container, probe /tooth picks, tweezers)
-Glue stick or glue dots

Open Lab (optional):
- fruit with skin, flower, other items to dissect
-live worm for observation, include soil/ grass in container 
-crustacean / fish either live or from seafood section 
-live frog or other amphibian for observation
**either observe live animals in their environment or catch and release after lab

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.

In this activity, students will learn basic dissection techniques using a scalpel or pairing knife. They will also practice pinning non-animal specimens, such as a banana, hotdog/cooked potato, flower, and grape. It is important for them to have a clean workspace.
CK-12 Biology
Dissection videos and resources: 
          oh-worm videos
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(14)
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... 
Group Class


for 5 classes
5x per week, 1 week
70 min

Completed by 10 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 13-18
2-8 learners per class

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