Science & Nature
No Blood, No Bones, No Brain - Starfish Dissection (ages 14-18)
In this one day online course, students will learn all about the starfish and how it compares to other animals.
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year old learners
US Grade Level
learners per class
55 minute class
In this 1 class online course, we will dissect a starfish to learn more about its body and how it compares to other animals. This will be a hands-on dissection course where learners have the opportunity to dissect their own specimen under teacher direction. No prior knowledge is required. Hand-outs will be provided. The class will begin with a short greeting time and then we will proceed directly to the starfish dissection. Learners should have their specimen ready to dissect upon entering...
Learners will improve their understanding of the starfish body type/systems and its special features as compared to other animals.
I have taught biology at the high school level in both public schools and home schools. I have also completed numerous dissections myself as a high school and college student. My first college degree is in Secondary Education (grades 6-12) with four concentrations (one concentration being biology) so I am certified to teach this subject at those levels. I have also taught Human Anatomy and Physiology at the college level and taught dissections there.
Learners should have their specimen ready to dissect upon entering the classroom. Learners may need extra time after class to complete their own dissection and/or to complete their hand-outs. Learners will benefit most if they read over material about the starfish dissection before each class. Learners should have their specimen ready to dissect upon entering the classroom. Learners may need extra time after class to complete their own dissection and/or to complete their hand-outs. Learners will benefit most if they read over material about the starfish dissection before each class.
NOTE: I do NOT receive additional benefits through commissions or the like. I am NOT an affiliate for any website or subscription company package NOR am I an owner of any online store. Each learner will need to purchase their own starfish. The specific kit needed can be found at this website: <https://www.homesciencetools.com/product/starfish-dissection-kit/> Some kind of eyewear (glasses, goggles, etc.) is recommended. If you wish you can purchase child goggles at: <https://www.homesciencetools.com/product/safety-impact-goggles-child-size/>. Additional hand-outs will be provided. The information below is from the supplier listed above: "...students are able to remember and understand complex concepts more deeply and longer-term. Studying some animal anatomy can even give students a better understanding of human anatomy...As students activate many of their senses while dissecting an animal, their memory (or recall) increases, which helps boost their overall academic performance. Students who pursue careers in biology (including researchers, medical doctors, and teachers) will benefit from remembering dissection details...Doing an activity, like an animal dissection, brings some FUN into the home or classroom, encourages student participation, and teaches important life concepts... [M]ost of our animal suppliers use formalin to embalm their dissection specimens. Formalin is a colorless and (mostly) odorless solution of formaldehyde in water. You’ll notice that many customer reviews mention the “no-smell” smell of our specimens! We understand that humane practices are a concern for many when it comes to dissection. It is important for us to communicate that source most of our dissection specimens from companies in the United States. Because of this, most of our suppliers are subject to inspections and compliance orders from the US Department of Agriculture, under the Animal Welfare Act. In addition, many of the animals used for educational dissections are often the byproducts of other industries. For example, fetal pigs come from pork manufacturers and skinned minks come from fur ranches. Rather than sending the bodies of these animals to the landfill, suppliers use them for educational purposes."
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Learners will be assessed by informal assessment. A handout will be provided before the class. The students may complete this before class. This handout can also be used by parents as an informal assessment at home after class. A vocabulary quiz is available at: https://quizlet.com/_8qqgqa?x=1jqt&i=320l2k
55 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
Learners will be dissecting their own dead animal specimens and therefore should be aware of this fact.
Teacher of Science, Math, English, and Music
🇺🇸Lives in the United States
34 total reviews
50 completed classes
Hello! I'm Teacher Debby and I am very happy to meet you! I teach a variety of academic classes including science, math, English skills, music, and hobby classes like cake decorating and animals. I have a Bachelor's degree (Life Science, Earth...