Does anyone have a good lab or activity for directional terminology?
Are you talking about sagittal, median plane, caudal, cranial, etc?
If so, then the Vet. Science workbook floating around in the Vet. Science content tab has a great activity with the dissection of gummy bears. I'm not really tech savvy or I'd put a link to the discussion right here, but I'm sure a quick search will help you find it.
Perfect, thank you!
Here is a copy of one I found somewhere on the internet Worksheet Key & Worksheet Also, this year I tried a "Prove it" kind of idea for directional terms. I gave them a list of terms and then they and to create a movie or slide show of pics they had taken showing each term. They used stuffed animals or real ones, etc. It turned out well and I am going to use that idea again next year.
Do you have this list?
The standard list is:
Dorsal, ventral, anterior, posterior, cranial, caudal, proximal, distal, Transverse plane, Frontal plane, Median plane, and Sagittal plane. The gummi bear dissection worksheet Megan Cooper posted above highlights all these.
I have used the Virtual Fetal Pig Dissection | Whitman College to review anatomical references before we begin our fetal pig dissection in class. This website also has self-guided quizzes that the students can take to test their knowledge and comprehension. Its a great resource.
Hey Jenna -
I saw several good ideas to make learning the terminology a lot more interactive so you talk less and they do more. The first involved using large stuffed animals and the students had to tape the directional term to the correct part of the animal. I've also seen this activity performed on students as the subject being taped but the student was on a shop table on their hands and knees for an extended period of time. I am sure the kids liked it but it looked uncomfortable. I also saw where another teacher mixed things up with directional term yoga. I've added a picture of that
I have my students make clay animals (anything as long as it is symmetrical... needs to have 4 appendages). The students use toothpicks to identify the directional areas. Then I give the plastic knives and have the "dissect" the clay animal by the various planes. I use directional terminology to instruct the students how to make the cuts. The kids really enjoy this... especially because they end up with tiny pieces of their animal and get a visual of planes in action.
Along with the gummy bear acticvity, I have them use expo markers and draw on the desks. I use prompts like "draw a saddle on the dorsal side of your animal." "There is superficial wound on the posterior end,"
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