This lab is an extended comparative anatomy dissection with students working in groups of three. It focuses on the digestive system, respiratory system and other major biological systems. Students must have previous dissection experience.
This program takes place in the Life Science Lab in the Life Science Exhibit Hall. Combine this program with a field trip to the museum.
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Structure and Function:
Explain that organisms are composed of parts that function together to form a living system.
Compare and contrast the types and components of cells. Describe the functions and relative complexity of cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems.
Interaction and Change:
Describe the interactions of organisms and the environment where they live.
Explain the interdependence of plants, animals, and environment, and how adaptation influences survival.
Describe the relationships and interactions between and among cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems.
Use the data collected from a scientific investigation to explain the results and draw conclusions.
Explain that scientific claims about the natural world use evidence that can be confirmed and support a logical argument.
Evaluate the validity of scientific explanations and conclusions based on the amount and quality of the evidence cited.
Based on observations and science principles, formulate a question or hypothesis that can be investigated through the collection and analysis of relevant information.