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Lesson Plan/Activity

Sheep Brain Dissection, Grades 9-12

September 25, 2023

Who this is for:

Science Communicators


This interactive lesson plan features the dissection of a sheep brain. Teachers will learn about and share knowledge regarding comparative and gross neuroanatomy, function, and homeostasis.

Student Objectives

  • Learn how to safely and respectfully examine the organ of a previously living organism.
  • Touch and identify inner and outer structures of a sheep brain.
  • Explore brain structures and their relationships to function by visually comparing the brains of different species.
  • Feel the bumps (gyri) and grooves (sulci) on the brain and understand what purpose they serve.

Lesson Plan

  • Title: Sheep Brain Dissection
  • Setting: In Classroom
  • Subject: Biology – Neuroscience
  • Grade Level: 9-12
  • Time Frame: 1 Hour
  • Paired Dana Foundation Fact Sheets: 9th-12th Grade How Does the Brain Work?
  • Next Generation Science Standards: Meets HS-LS1-1-2, HS-LS1-3, HS-LS4-2

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