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Keywords: virtual dissection
Subject(s): Life Science
Grades 11 through 12
NETS-S Standard:
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Research and Information Fluency
  • Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
  • Technology Operations and Concepts
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School: Calvert Career Center, Prnc Frederck, MD
Planned By: Sarah Strauss
Original Author: Sarah Strauss, Prince Frederick
Project Idea:
Group dissection of a sheep brain, using markers to locate regions of the brain. After successful dissection turn in a sheet with the locations found and their functions. Then they are to record a video of them explaining the areas of the brain

Objective for lesson (at least one HOTS objective): Student will be able to:
Virtually locate specific areas of the CNS
DIssect and label a sheep brain
Explain the function of specific areas of the CNS

4D anatomy program
Sheep brain
Dissection tools and label pins
Paper and pen
Video program

Teacher Directed Activities:
Teacher will introduce 4D Anatomy (https://www.4danatomy.com/) website where students will see a virtual autopsy. Having a program like this will allow the student to do a virtual autopsy of the brain several times until they are comfortable. Teacher will direct them to the CNS region. Instructions are to autopsy the brain locating regions directed by the teacher.

Student Directed Activities:
Using the 4D anatomy program the student should complete a virtual autopsy of the brain locating areas directed by the teacher. The student should continue to understand the functions of the areas. Students will also complete the online quiz through 4D Anatomy.

Performance Based Assessment (what is a performance based assessment)
Assessment will be in three parts
I Sheep brain dissection with correct labeling
II Completed table of locations and their functions
III Video explanation of the areas of the brain
A virtual dissection program is invaluable to teaching anatomy in high school. This lesson plan is just one of the body systems we cover
Materials: Web Page
Other Items: 1 3 professional and 50 student user licences to 4danatomy.com , $1232.00 each, total of $1232.00