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Comparing the Sheep Brain to the Human Brain - A visual guide to use during sheep brain dissection laboratories

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Description Power Point slides that can be used during the sheep brain dissection laboratory to visually compare the sheep brain to the human brain structures with the goal to learn the anatomy of the human brain.
Type of Resource Digital presentation (Powerpoint), Laboratory exercise
Format PowerPoint Presentation - PPT - 6.21 MB
Author
Margarita Bracamonte, Northland Community & Technical College
Development Date May 21, 2009
Grade/Age Levels Middle School (Grades 6-8)
High School lower division (Grades 9-10)
High School upper division (Grades 11-12)
Undergraduate lower division (Grades 13-14)
Undergraduate upper division (Grades 15-16)
Graduate
Professional (degree program)
Continuing Education
General Public
Pedagogies
Learning Time 2-3 hours
Language English
Type of Review Reviewed by Partner Organization
Review Date September 2, 2010
Funding Source None
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Sheep brain dissection is an activity that is commonly conducted in laboratories in Anatomy and Physiology courses. Most commercially available A & P lab manuals include a section on sheep brain anatomy. As the author points out, the goal of this comparison of sheep and human brain structures is to help students to learn human brain anatomy.  This power point presentation is a good idea! It provides a concrete and visual way to make these connections. The particular structures identified are those that are commonly studied in introductory undergraduate anatomy and physiology courses. I would consider using this resource for a review activity after my students have completed a sheep dissection in laboratory. The quality of the sheep and human brain specimens and the photos could be improved.  It would also be helpful to the student if the same sections were shown on each slide for both the human and sheep brain.  Slide 23, entitled “Structures at the Cerebrum” has the third ventricle labeled. The third ventricle is in the diencephalon, not the cerebrum. The quiz section at the end of the power point presentation provides a good opportunity for students to check their understanding.  It would be helpful to provide answers.

cindy surmacz, Bloomsburg University


This is a nice comparison between the human brain and a sheep brain.  I would use this as a reference in teaching my students about the brain if we dissected sheep brains during class.  I would love it even more if it explained the purpose of different parts of the brain and answered questioned that the slides asked.

Meghan Wilson, Hartford High School