Comparative Anatomy Scavenger Hunt

Sharon Kessler, ASU Fellow; & Trina Howard, Teacher, Lowell Elementary School
Grade Level: 
5th - 6th (but this lesson would also work well for 7th-12th)
National Science Education Standards: 
Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry; Understandings about scientific inquiry; Structure and function in living systems.
Arizona State Science Education Standards: 
FIFTH GRADE: Strand 4: Life Science: Concept 1: Structure and Function in living systems: Students will explore and observe the internal anatomy of the nervous, muscular, skeletal, digestive, circulatory, and excretory systems. SIXTH GRADE: Strand 4: Life Science: Concept 1: Students will learn to relate different anatomical structures across animals to their respective functions and they will learn how the various anatomical systems work together to perform functions vital to a living organism.
Students will research their animals and their habitats, dissect the animals, and consider how the anatomy of each is adapted to its environment. They will observe vertebrate internal anatomy and compare the fish, bird, rat, snake, and frog. They will consider how the similarities and differences they observe provide evidence for evolution.
Evolution, Adaptation, Dissection, Comparative Anatomy
Inquiry-Dissection LessonPlan.doc53 KB
Dissection_Worksheets.doc22.5 KB
Things_students_should_notice.doc24.5 KB
useful_websites.xls15 KB