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Biology Lab: Marine Animals - Dissection Alternative

Students will make 3-D Models of marine animals: clam, sponge, sea star, squid and shark. Class will involve overview lecture on characteristics of each specimen, followed by study of external and internal systems.
Jennifer Anderson
6 total reviews for this teacher
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50 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 5 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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Use numeric key to identify anatomy in models
Practice basic dissection techniques
Learn about body systems in various marine 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 lot 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 pdfs and **CUT OUT PIECES in preparation for class
Option 1: Use color models and given answer key (30 min - 1 hour/ week)

Option 2: Color black line model and complete student key descriptions of functions.  (2-3 hours/ week)
Print Pdfs scissors, glue stick, page protectors to store models and numeric keys foam tray or piece of cardboard dissection kit or scalpel (pairing knife), pins, tweezers, probe (tooth picks) dissection specimens to practice on: banana, cooked baked potato or hot dog, shrimp
Students may request a lab practical, however it is not required.
50 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
This course will look at how marine animals are put together externally and internally, as well as overview of animals being studied. Students can use dissection kit or supplies gathered from around the house (cleaning after use of course). They will practice pinning each model and cutting non-animal specimens of their choice.

Note: models are anatomically correct and mimic dissection of preserved specimens. Students interested in seeing real dissection of specimen can go to:  Additionally I do offer a follow up class to help students make connection between model and dissecting specimens upon request. 
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
15 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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