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The Vampire Fish: No Bones, No Jaws (Lamprey Dissection - ages 10-13)

Debby Harrison
Average rating:4.8Number of reviews:(34)
In this 1 day online course, students will learn all about the lamprey and how it compares to other animals.

Class experience

US Grade 5 - 7
Learners will improve their understanding of the lamprey body type/systems and the special features of this fish 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 (including biology, Earth science, and life science) 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. My state teaching certificate includes the above certifications along with Generalist (grades EC- grade 4) and Generalist (grades 4-8) which includes all subjects for grades Early Childhood through grade 8. I also homeschooled my two daughters from PreK to graduation in all topics including this one. 
Homework Offered
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 lamprey dissection before each class.
0 - 1 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
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 can be found at: https://quizlet.com/569804709/lamprey-fish-flash-cards/
Grades Offered
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 lamprey. The specific kit needed can be found at this website:

The lamprey dissection guide needed can be found at https://www.deltabio.com/lamprey/895-3661-disection-guide-lamprey.html#/634-pack_of-1.

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/>.  

The lamprey fish will need to be dissected on some kind of area so you can purchase a styrofoam dissecting tray if you wish at <https://www.homesciencetools.com/product/dissecting-tray-styrofoam/>. 

Dissecting tools are also needed so if you do not have one, you may purchase a kit at <https://www.homesciencetools.com/product/advanced-dissecting-tools/>. Additional hand-outs will be provided.

The information below is from the first 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."
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
Learners will be dissecting their own dead animal specimens and therefore should be aware of this fact. No account is needed for the Quizlet website. Use of this website is optional and not a required part of the course. 
Average rating:4.8Number of reviews:(34)
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... 
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per class
Meets once
55 min

Live video meetings
Ages: 10-13
1-6 learners per class

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