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Biology of Animals Lab Intensive: Insect,Snake,Rat &Bird -Anatomy &Dissectionalt

Jennifer Anderson
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(14)
Encourage learners to study animal anatomy using detailed, anatomically correct 3D models. Enable your learners to clearly see and compare the external and internal anatomy of a grasshopper, snake, rat, and bird. *Zoology/ Biology #ACADEMIC

Class experience

US Grade 8 - 11
- 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
Students may request a lab practical, however it is not required.
Grades Offered
-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
This course will look at how different 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.
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... 
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weekly or $100 for 6 classes
1x per week, 6 weeks
55 min

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

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