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Dissection, the NGSS, and Three-Dimensional Instruction

Are you looking for ways to integrate dissection into your three-dimensional instruction? We’re here to help with teaching tips and resources, webinars, lab kits, and supplies.


The Next Generation Science Standards* (NGSS) do not explicitly refer to dissection, but you can easily meet several science and engineering practices, crosscutting concepts, and performance expectations with dissection. It’s an ideal way to emphasize hands-on, minds-on learning while getting your students excited about science.


Check out the resources below for ideas on how to do it!

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Dissection Webinars

Dissection Articles


Next Generation Dissections

Dissection can and should be part of your implementation of the standards. Discover how you can use dissections to address the science and engineering practices, crosscutting concepts, and disciplinary core ideas of the NGSS with some of our most popular specimens based on your grade range.


Dissection Artifacts for Three-Dimensional Instruction

Dissection is a powerful tool for student engagement. Learn how you can use dissection artifacts to dive deeper into instruction and assess students’ progress throughout a unit with tools such as models, diagrams, and group discussions.

Dissection Kits that Support the NGSS and 3-D Instruction


Advanced Mammalian Brain Dissection (with and without Dissection Mats)

Explore the major structures of the mammalian brain, including the meninges and hypophysis (pituitary gland), with this hands-on dissection kit.


Carolina® Forensic Dissection

With this unique lab activity, students dissect a pig while modeling the protocols used by a pathologist for a human autopsy.


Cladograms and Evolution

Use external features and DNA evidence to argue evolutionary relationships among a set of organisms.


Frog Dissection BioKit® (with and without Dissection Mats)

Introduce students to basic vertebrate anatomy by dissecting a frog, a typical vertebrate.




*Next Generation Science Standards® is a registered trademark of Achieve. Neither Achieve nor the lead states and partners that developed the Next Generation Science Standards were involved in the production of this product, and do not endorse it.

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