Science & Nature
Biology of Animals Lab Intensive: Anatomy & Dissection Alternatives (Extended)
Curious about animals & unique characteristics of their anatomy? Take a closer look at a different animals with detailed 3D paper models. Learn about the hidden world of animal anatomy, deepen your understanding of human body too! #ACADEMIC
12 total reviews for this teacher
Completed by 2 learners
year old learners
US Grade Level
learners per class
Meets 1x per week
Runs week after week
50 minutes per class
This course is perfect for learners curious about the internal working of animals. Beneath the surface of animals big and small are surprisingly complex specializations, as well as common structures of body systems. Learners will make paper models of: sponge, clam, starfish, squid, shark; grasshopper, snake, rat, pigeon and sea gull. These models are not typical paper diagrams, they will layer in the body systems: reproductive, digestive, respiratory. They will view cut-away sections showing...
Students will create 3D dissection models of animals. Students will learn about increasing complexity of specimens as we move from simple to more complex animals studying the organs of each specimen and contrasting differences. Students will become familiar with external and internal systems of different animals.
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.
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 weekly animal models. Scissors glue stick/ glue dots Dissection supplies: pins, probe (toothpick), scalpel (knife), tweezers, cardboard or Styrofoam trays Fruit with skin: kiwi, grape, cucumber or other choice
Completed model & showing understanding of numeric key. Students may request a lab practical, however it is not required
50 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
Course involves printing, cutting out pieces and use of a numeric key. Learners wishing to practice dissection techniques are encouraged to practice dissection on non-animal or food items. Those who choose to may simulate use of dissection tools. Pinning model (specimen) to cardboard and using probe to examine layering of organs. Note: models are anatomically correct and mimic dissection of preserved specimens. Students interested in seeing real dissection of specimen can go to site given in class.
** Standards for NGSS, TEKS or GSE available upon request
BS Biology/ TESOL Certified: 1-on-1 / Small Group Classes - Friend of Animals & Summer Camp Enthusiast (Crafter)
🇺🇸Lives in the United States
12 total reviews
32 completed classes
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...