Reflection: Complex Tasks Salmon Body Structures - A Fish Dissection - Section 2: Observations of External Anatomy


One of the most difficult tasks for students is counting the number of fins on the fish. Each year, when I teach this lesson, students groups give answers ranging from 5-10 fins. This year was no exception. I stress with my students that it is not important that they count the correct number of fins on their first attempt, merely that they use their observation skills and revise their thinking based on evidence shared by their peers. I have found that drawing a fish on the whiteboard, labeling each fin, and then having students idenitfy the fins helps students revise their thinking. I also display a fish using the document camera and have students idenitfy the fins on the fish specimen to help bridge the gap between the visual representation (my drawing) and the actual fish specimen.

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Salmon Body Structures - A Fish Dissection

Unit 8: Salmon
Lesson 4 of 9

Objective: SWBAT identify the external and internal anatomical structures of Pacific Salmon. SWBAT safely engage in an animal dissection.

Big Idea: Identifying the body structures of animals can help scientists determine the behavior and habitat of animals.

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Science, Biology / Life Science, anatomy, life cycle, Salmon, structure, Dissection
  60 minutes
salmon alevin
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