Sheep Brain Dissection Resources
A laboratory session involving the dissection of a sheep brain serves several educational and scientific purposes:
Anatomy and Neuroscience Education: Sheep brains are commonly used in educational settings to study the structure and anatomy of the brain. This dissection provides a hands-on opportunity for students to observe and understand the different regions and structures of the brain, such as the cerebrum, cerebellum, brainstem, and various lobes.
Comparative Anatomy: Comparative anatomy involves comparing the similarities and differences between different species' anatomical structures. By dissecting a sheep brain, students can compare it to human brains, understanding both the similarities and variations in structures, functions, and organization.
Student Worksheets and Activities
1. Brain Gallery for Photos and Images of Sheep Brains
- Photos include labeled and unlabeled images
- Students can practive labeling and identifying structures
- Includes printable worksheet with student instructions
- Students walk through steps to remove the dura and examine the external anatomy
- Students cut the brain in half along the longitudinal fissure
- Students label and identfiy internal structures of the brain
- Students progress through slides with photos of sheep brains
- Identify brains structures from descriptions
- Drag and drop labels to the brain images
- Answer analysis questions directly on the slides
- No sheep brain needed!
- Simple diagram of a brain showing where students label the structures
- This is the same diagram in the dissection packet
- Also available as a Google Doc