Internal Anatomy terms- gonads, brain, heart, ink sac, gills, pen, eye lens
External Anatomy terms- mantle, eye, siphon, arms, tentacles, sucker cups, chromatophores, fin, mouth, beak
Includes step by step directions as well as photos for the squid dissection and squid races. This is a great “first” dissection because there is no blood, and you can use bait squid. The bait squid are cheap and raised on a farm for bait. Since I work at an elementary school and we do not have dissecting equipment, I barrow dissecting scissors from our high school for the day of dissection.
Some math is included in the lessons; data is collected and converted (cm, mm) and speed(distance/time) can be calculated from the squid races. Student also convert verified length of a giant squid into yards and meters to “see” how long the Giant Squid really is.
For the engineering component students design their own squid and race them to see whose design travels the farthest or is the fastest.
This is a fun and engaging thematic unit lesson that your students will talk about for years to come!
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