Carolina® Forensic Dissection Kit for 1 Student Group
In this unique lab activity, students conduct a forensic pig dissection by modeling the protocols used by a pathologist for a human autopsy. They record their observations of external anatomy and then use a Y incision to open the body cavity for a detailed examination. Students remove all organ systems and take detailed measurements and observations of each organ on the provided Autopsy Report. When students complete the forensic dissection, they return the organs to the body cavity and suture the incisions. Along with the Carolina's Perfect Solution® pigs, a preserved adult pig heart and pig kidney are also included for comparison with the dissected specimen. A set of 7 prepared slides allows students to extend and enhance the dissection by examining some of the tissue types found within each system. This fresh, new approach to pig dissection provides a real-world connection to the popular world of forensics.
Teacher prep, 45 minutes. Dissection, approximately one 3-hour block (or can be divided into multiple class periods). Note: Carolina’s Wetting Solution (items #220120A and #220121A) is recommended if completing dissection over multiple days.
Includes 1-year access to digital resources that support 3-dimensional instruction for NGSS. Digital resources may include a teacher manual and student guide, pre-lab activities and setup videos, phenomenon videos, simulations, and post-lab analysis and assessments.
Structure and Function
Disciplinary Core Ideas
LS1.A: Structure and Function
Science and Engineering Practices
Developing and Using Models
- Use descriptive figures and text to properly dissect a pig following an autopsy protocol.
- Examine both external and internal characteristics of the pig, including tissues, organs, and body fluids.
- Collect measurements and weights of various organs.
- Relate macroscopic observations of the pig organs to prepared microscope slide sections of lung, artery, vein, stomach, liver, kidney, and reproductive tissues.
Prerequisite Knowledge and Skills
Students should have experience using dissecting instruments. They should also be familiar with mammalian organs and organ systems.
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