And now for something completely different.
I’ve been the Teaching Assistant for an introductory-level Zoology class (animal form and function) for three, going on four years. In 2012, I created a series of video dissection tutorials that guide students through the basic anatomical structures of many of the most common lab organisms.
I take student on a visual “tour” of each animal, typically starting with external structures/features, often emphasizing any interesting adaptations that allow them to thrive in their particular habits. Then I address internal anatomy, and I generally cover basic digestive, reproductive, and urinary systems, along with notable muscle groups in some animals, as well as cardio-respiratory organs. (I don’t spend a lot of time discussing the circulatory or nervous systems.)
These have proven to be wildly popular, not just with my own students (who use these for pre-lab preparation and as study aids) but also with other university/college students, high school students, and homeschoolers. I’ve had great responses from teachers who are now using these as compliments to their usual zoology or biology curriculum.
Here’s an example:
If you’re interested, you can check out the YouTube channel, MacOrganisms2 (don’t forget to subscribe, I plan to create a few more this winter!)
Here is the complete series of dissection videos:
Sea Star – External anatomy Sea Star – Internal anatomy
Bivalve (freshwater mussel)
Arachnid (orb-weaving spider)
Crayfish – External anatomy Crayfish – Internal anatomy
Grasshopper – External anatomy Grasshopper – Internal anatomy
Bony Fish (Perch)
Frog – Internal anatomy Frog – External anatomy
Feel free to use them and any feedback would be appreciated! I’d love to hear from you if you’re a teacher 🙂