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TITLE: Frog Dissection
GRADE LEVEL: 7-12
AUTHOR: Mrs. Kristin Messmore
SCHOOL: Shawswick Middle School
DISTRICT: Bedford North Lawrence School Corporation
APPROPRIATE GROUP SIZE(S):
Whole Class: Yes
Small Group: No
TIME REQUIRED: 3-4 days
The students will:
- Learn the anatomy of a frog.
- Define the function of the anatomy of a frog.
- Create an anatomically-correct model of a frog anatomy, including organs identified by their functions.
- Be able to verbally identify and describe each organ of the frog.
STATE ESSENTIAL SKILLS
MATERIALS and RESOURCES:
- The teacher should discuss the frog anatomy with students, and do a pre-lesson on frogs.
- Students should be able to use the Internet.
- The teacher should preview the Virtual Frog Dissection Kit with students, and should demonstrate how to move the frog, click on its organs, take its skin off, and get organ definitions.
- Each student will use the Internet to access the Virtual Frog Dissection Kit.
- Students should review instructions to make sure they know how to move the frog, click on its organs, take its skin off, and get organ definitions.
- Once students are comfortable with frog movement and looking at organs, they should get out a clean sheet of paper.
- During their investigation each student should write a definition for each organ listed on the web page, and should draw a picture of each.
- After a student has all of the definitions for the listed organs and has made a drawing of each organ, the student should get some Play Dough.
- Using the Play Dough, each student will create a frog and all of its organs. Students may want to use different colors of Play Dough for different organs.
- With small pieces of paper and toothpicks, students should write a definition of each organ, and tape it to a toothpick stuck into the corresponding organ.
- When finished, each student should show his/her Play Dough frog to the teacher.
- Using a frog and organs created by the teacher, each student should be asked to verbally identify some organs and give their definitions.
- Each students should have all organs and definitions listed on paper.
- Each students should have a Play Dough frog created with organs and toothpicks with definitions attached.
- Each student's success at verbally identifying organs on the teacher's model.
- Written quiz on organs and definitions.
There are many other dissections on the Internet. You could look up worm, starfish, or squid. Take pictures of Play Dough frogs and put them on your school web site.
Always make sure you work through the lesson first.
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