Enhance your frog dissection with this anatomy comparison activity. Students will love learning more about the frogs before and after the dissection. In this lesson, students think critically as they combine observations from the dissection with background information to discover the similarities and differences in frog and human anatomy.
This lesson includes links to several excellent resources for learning about frog anatomy and adaptations that can be used either before or after the dissection. Diving into these resources gives students a chance to answer their burning questions about frogs, such as “can frogs see color?” Once students have the necessary background information, they are ready to complete the main activity, where they compare and contrast the structure and function of five body parts (the eye, the digestive system, the tongue, fat storage, and the skin) in frogs and humans. This is also a great opportunity to work on compare and contrast writing skills. Use the included sentence frames to help your students get beyond the tired old “they are different because…..they are the same because….” With the help of this new academic language, students will feel proud of how “scientific” their writing sounds.
The teacher directions include ideas for turning this lesson into a cooperative learning jigsaw, a partner activity, or an individual project. Whatever way you use it, this activity will ensure that students get as much learning as possible out of their frog dissection.
Student handout prints well in black and white or color. Teacher directions and key included.
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Anatomy Comparison: Structure and function of frog and human organs by Katie MacDiarmid is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
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