The last days of school brought our restlessness to science by considering what make animals tick… internally and anatomically speaking.
Home Science Tools has an awesome Intermediate Dissection Kit that gives several easily dissectible animals to complement lessons on vertebrates and invertebrates, anatomy and physiology, or just good ole’ fashioned curiosity to our natural world. The kit also comes with dissection tools, a dissection tray, and student-friendly manuals for each animal. You’ll need to purchase your own gloves, and you can find some HERE – I always use latex-free.
The students were excited – at least most of them. A few didn’t want to have anything to do with it, which is bound to happen. Never fear, there are other options. I’ve used simulated models like the Elenco Simulated Frog Dissection Kit
We decided to work with the frog specimen first. I felt this would snag a lot of the drifting minds a lot more easily, so I went with my gut (no pun intended).
I always like to have my cordless LED microscope handy, because as you’ll see we like to look at the parts more closely.
A few other complementary materials to use before and after getting to know the frog are:
- simulated frog dissection kit (as mentioned above)
- parts of the frog 3-part cards
Here’s our dissection in photos. Needless to say, I feel proud to admit that this dissection turned one fearful student into a true-believer of just how awesome zoology is!
Stay tuned for more posts on our Intermediate Dissection Kit!