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Frog Dissection is filled with so much information that the potential for classroom use is extensive. Use the virtual dissection with students as a practice run if you are doing an actual wet lab dissection, or use it for students who view dissection of dead animals as unethical or otherwise difficult. Since virtual dissection can be done repeatedly, anyone who wants extra practice will get the help they need. After the dissection, have students take the quiz and try for the highest score.
You can use the other resources within the app to conduct independent or small-group research about frog organ systems, types of frogs, habitat, behaviors, or ecology. There is not enough information for a fully detailed research project, but students can get plenty of ideas and inspiration by tapping around. Like with encyclopedias, the information can be a launching point for further research.Continue reading Show less
Frog Dissection is a must-have for anyone who wants to learn about frogs. Through voice-guided instructions, students work step by step through a dissection by dragging the correct tools to a pan and making virtual incisions when needed. Students get the chance to use pins, a marker, a scalpel, scissors, and forceps. What lies beneath the skin and muscles? Students will find beautifully labeled organs with the option to tap each one to learn detailed information about what the organs do and how they interact with the other organs. Then students can rotate the organs to study them from all sides.
The app offers several options in addition to the dissection, many of them interactive. Students can take a quiz to test their frog-anatomy skills, learn characteristics of frogs in a virtual encyclopedia, watch a frog develop through its life cycle, compare frog anatomy with human anatomy, and watch animated videos of frog behaviors in the wild. There are even some interactive activities to show how two of the frog body systems work (Digestive System and Respiratory System). Additionally, the app includes the step-by-step process for a wet lab, with visual and written instructions for setting up, prepping a frog, and cleaning up.
The developers of Frog Dissection went to great lengths to help students learn about frog anatomy and all the organs in the central cavity –- and more. This well-designed virtual lab is aligned with several Common Core ELA standards and touches on the Next Generation Science Standards for middle and high school (MS-LS-3 and HS-LS-2). It's a perfect fit in any biology or anatomy class.
Students can complete the dissection at their own pace and can repeat the procedure for additional practice, unlike with a traditional dissection. Teachers will appreciate the built-in scored assessment and the variety of multimedia resources to help guide and extend student learning, which includes many images and descriptive text.
Key Standards Supported
Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks.
Integrate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text with a version of that information expressed visually (e.g., in a flowchart, diagram, model, graph, or table).
Compare and contrast the information gained from experiments, simulations, video, or multimedia sources with that gained from reading a text on the same topic.
Follow precisely a complex multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks, attending to special cases or exceptions defined in the text.
Translate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text into visual form (e.g., a table or chart) and translate information expressed visually or mathematically (e.g., in an equation) into words.
Compare and contrast findings presented in a text to those from other sources (including their own experiments), noting when the findings support or contradict previous explanations or accounts.
Follow precisely a complex multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks; analyze the specific results based on explanations in the text.
Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., quantitative data, video, multimedia) in order to address a question or solve a problem.
Synthesize information from a range of sources (e.g., texts, experiments, simulations) into a coherent understanding of a process, phenomenon, or concept, resolving conflicting information when possible.
Key Standards Supported
From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
Develop and use a model to illustrate the hierarchical organization of interacting systems that provide specific functions within multicellular organisms.