|Sarracenia flower dissection: Image courtexy of Noah Elhardt
||Leopard frog in duckweed: Image courtesy of Steven Dunlop
To learn about the structure and function of living things, it is essential to explore the anatomy of real organisms up close and personal. While much can be accomplished by studying living things and their life cycles (see Raising Plants and Raising Trout projects), dissections offer a view of the internal structures and how they contribute to the whole. What follows are resources and information for teachers interested in conducting a flower and/or frog dissection. There are many excellent lesson plans and dissection guides on the web already. Rather than recreate these resources here, My Science Box provides nitty-gritty logistics and resources such as a selected list of great web resources, how to order frogs, what equipment you need, student handouts, and teaching strategies.
Can identify the major parts of a plant and flower and describe the function of each part.
Can identify the major organs in a frog and describe the function of each organ.
Can thoughtfully, safely and respectfully complete an anatomical dissection.