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Labs, experiments and activities are an important part of a biology program. I have a variety of lab choices listed. You should NOT do them all! Think of this as a buffet of lab choices. You will need to choose labs based on your interest(s) and budget. I've seen biology programs that only have dissection labs and others that skip them altogether. I think it's more balanced to do different types of labs and my choices reflect that.

 As we go through the various labs, I will post pictures of some of them on my blog.

This lab guide should help you choose which labs you want to do and which ones you want to skip.
It also lists needed supplies for planning purposes. All labs are featured in the daily/weekly schedule as well.

Please note: Some additional optional activities are NOT listed in this lab planner. Please refer to the daily/weekly schedule for additional activity suggestions.

**scroll down for a week-by-week listing of all the labs**


Illustrated Guide to Home Biology Experiments

The benefit of the Illustrated Guide to Home Biology Experiments is that the text is FREE. It's also quite rigorous and includes a variety of biology labs covering a lot of different subjects. The downside is that if you want to purchase a kit of supplies, you'll be set back by about $200 or so. An option to spending so much money and still using this book is going through the experiments and figuring out which ones you can accomplish without buying the kit. The authors state that even if you do only a third or fourth of the labs, you'll still accomplish quite a bit of lab work. Having said all that, we did NOT use it. We just did many of the "extra" labs instead as I found that was more cost effective (and fun) for our family.

NOTE: In Lab III-4 there is the following reference to evolution: " Scientists believe that life originated from simple molecules, a process called abiogenesis, when those simple molecules combined into more complex molecules that eventually became complex enough to be self-replicating. We will never know for certain exactly how this occurred. Even if (or when) scientists eventually create life in the lab, the most they will be able to assert is that their method is a way that life on Earth may have originated, not that it is the way."

Need to save money or don't like this lab guide (we didn't use it!)? Don't worry, I've linked to optional labs that cover similar concepts and won't cost you as much $$ or are entirely free.

Click here for a list of supplies NOT included in the kit you can purchase.

Other activities you can do besides labs:

Suggested Field Trips:

These are not listed in the schedule or lab planner, but I recommend going on a couple field trips, if you can. Some ideas:

  • Visit an aquarium.
  • Visit an animal/bird refuge.
  • Visit some type of zoo or animal exhibit.
  • Go hiking in a natural area and observe the plants, animals, scenery. National and state parks are a good option.
  • Visit a pond, river or lake to get water samples to culture protozoa.
  • Wildflower hike in the spring - Perhaps collect and press flowers if it's legal for the area you visit.
  • Encourage your students to spend time outside observing the natural world around them!

Possible Projects:

Here are some additional, unscheduled project ideas for those of you who want to do more open-ended biology activities in addition to or in place of labs. We've done or are currently doing many of the following just as a matter of course and not necessarily for biology.

  • Hatch eggs (you can get an incubator and quail or chicken eggs) - We've incubated a chicken egg before and raised a chick. What an amazing experience!
  • Raise caterpillars into butterflies or moths - We've done this so many times that I didn't schedule it in again.
  • Raise silkworms or another type of insect (ants are fun to watch).
  • Purchase a small fish tank and a couple of inexpensive fish.
  • Keep a worm composting bin - more details are in my botany program - This is something we are going to do.
  • Tend a garden - We've learned so much from ours and benefited from tomatoes that taste better than anything you can get in the store!
  • Participate in backyard bird observation (hang up a seed feeder, hummingbird feeder, oriole feeder, etc.) - Another thing we've learned a lot from!
  • Catch and observe backyard insects - I recommend having some sort of critter keeper or clean jar on hand.
  • Start a compost pile and research what makes a successful pile and what occurs inside of it.
  • Raise and train an animal.
  • Start an insect/leaf/flower collection.
  • Keep a nature journal and incorporate art (more details & resources in my botany program).
  • Free microscope exploration



Illustrated Guide to Home Biology Labs are marked in white

Labs that are alternates to the Illustrated Guide to Home Biology are marked in green.

Optional and extra labs that have nothing to do with the IGTHB book are marked in orange.

Video labs are marked in blue.

Interactive online labs are marked in yellow. NOTE: Some of the web labs may require you to click this or that before you can access them. If it asks you to choose a state, choose CA.

Images from Home Science Tools are used with permission. All other images are images I have access to through the Amazon Associates program.

Lab from Illustrated Guide to Home Biology

Illustrated Guide to Home Biology Experiments

Materials NOT in the kit for the Illustrated Guide labs

Kit costs

Alternate & Optional Labs

Supplies for alternate and optional labs

More optional labs

Week One

Lab I-1 Using a Microscope


  • Gloves
    • Lamp or book light
    • Microscope and illuminator
    • Scissors
    • Slide, prepared (bacteria or diatoms)
    • Specimen: notebook or copy paper
    • Specimen: snippet from cover of this book

Alternate to lab I-1

Using a microscope lab and printable


  • newspaper
  • scissors
  • microscope
  • microscope slide
  • cover slip
  • dropper
  • water
  • tweezers
  • paper towel

Animated Biology: Cells Through Different Microscopes

Choose CA as your state.


Animated Biology Interactive:
Spontaneous Generation & Designing an experiment



Optional lab:
Is yeast alive?

Cost for special items:
Sterile nutrient agar:
Petri dishes:

Click here to see a picture of Otter's experiment.


  • rapid rise yeast
  • sugar
  • zip-loc bags
  • small water balloons
  • test tubes & rack
  • water container
  • Sharpie
  • sterile nutrient agar plate
  • microscope


Lab I-2 Mounting Specimens


  • gloves
  • butane lighter
  • raw carrot
  • microscope
  • petroleum jelly
  • human hair
  • toothpicks
  • vegetable oil
  • distilled water

pond water




Week 2

IGHBE: Lab Session III-2: Carbohydrates and Lipids

  • gloves
  • butane lighter
  • butter
  • diet sweetener
  • unsweetened fruit juice
  • honey
  • Isopropanol
  • marking pen
  • microwave
  • microscope
  • whole milk
  • non-dairy creamer
  • onion
  • paper bag (brown)
  • peanut
  • potato
  • colorless soft drink
  • table sugar
  • vegetable oil

distilled water

Alternate lab to III-2:
Who took Jerell's iPod - an organic compound mystery (Testing items to see if they contain carbohydrates, lipids or proteins.)

Scroll down the page.

Cost for special items:

Biuret reagent

iodine potassium iodide solution

glucose test strips

glucose / dextrose powder

  • Biuret reagent
  • iodine potassium iodide solution
  • glucose test strips
  • containers for food testing
  • something to stir with
  • tape for labeling containers
  • brown paper bag
  • vegetable oil
  • glucose or dextrose
  • corn starch
  • unsweetened gelatin
  • hard pretzels
  • peanut butter
  • jelly
  • plain yogurt
  • canned white beans

2nd alternative for lab III-2

Chemistry of Food Kit

Chemistry of Food Experiment Kit



FREE Online Lab:
Enzyme catalysis





Home lab:
Exothermic Reaction Make your own Hot Ice!

Click the links below to see pictures of Otter's experiment:

All the supplies laid out

Adding in baking soda during one of the steps


  • Household vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • 70% Isopropyl Alcohol
  • Plastic cup
  • Plastic bowl
  • Measuring cup
  • Aluminum foil
  • Measuring spoons
  • Stove
  • Cooking pot
  • Fridge




Home lab: Endothermic reaction  - Ice Cream in a baggie

Note: It's my understanding that both an edothermic and exothermic reaction are taking place. Read the details here.

Click to see a blog post & pictures about Otter's endothermic reaction experiment.


  • 1/2 cup whipping cream (heavy cream)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla or vanilla flavoring (vanillin)
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup sodium chloride (NaCl) as table salt or rock salt
  • 2 cups ice
  • 1-quart ZiplocTM bag
  • 1-gallon plastic zip bag
  • thermometer
  • measuring cups and spoons
  • cups and spoons




Video lab (after reading the section on enzymes): Amylase Experiment 


  • Bread or cracker
  • Your mouth


Week 3

IGHBE: Lab Session III-3: Proteins, Enzymes, and Vitamins

  • Gloves
  • Blood from uncooked meat
  • Desk lamp
  • Raw egg white
  • Freezer
  • Hydrogen peroxide 3%
  • Isopropanol 99%
  • Marking pen
  • Microwave
  • Black paper or cloth
  • Paper towels
  • Starch water
  • Urine
  • Distilled water

Optional Virtual Labs: pH Scale and Meter Calibration

pH Scale (PHET interactive)



IGHBE: Lab Session III-1: Acids, Bases, and Buffers

  • Gloves
  • Marking pen
  • Paper towel
  • Scissors
  • Specimens from last lab
  • Distilled water

Alternate lab for lab III-1:
Experiments with acids and bases

Optional: Red cabbage indicator Jiffy Juice Kit

Jiffy Juice

  • red cabbage
  • stove
  • pan
  • distilled water
  • white paper
  • scissors
  • cup(s)
  • various items from around the house to test like cola, baking soda, milk, aspirin, etc.


Week 4






Week 5

IGHBE: Lab Session VII-1: Observing Specialized Eukaryotic Cells

  • Gloves
  • Elodea leaf
  • Microscope
  • Raw onion
  • Prepared slides
  • Distilled water






Understanding hypotonic, isotonic and hypertonic solutions



IGHBE: Lab Session IV-2: Investigating Osmosis

  • Gloves
  • Balance
  • 2 raw eggs
  • Foam cups
  • Graph paper, calculator or software
  • Marking pen
  • Paper towels
  • Syrup (maple, waffle, etc.)
  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Watch or clock with a 2nd hand

Alternate for lab IV-2:
VIDEO & home lab: Osmosis Eggs video
Want to do the video activity at home?
Click here.



  • 3 eggs
  • 3 glasses (large enough to fit the egg plus liquid)
  • 3 butter knives
  • White vinegar (about 3 cups)
  • Distilled water (about 2 cups)
  • Light corn syrup (about 1 ¼ cups)
  • Slotted spoon
  • Measuring cup (1 cup)
  • Measuring spoons (1 tablespoon and ½ tablespoon)
  • Sticky notes and marker
  • Scale (optional)

2nd Alternate for lab IV-2:

Osmosis Kit

Osmosis Set- do one experiment about osmosis and one for diffusion.

You supply:

  • corn syrup
  • corn starch



VIDEO lab: Watch in order of links:
Diffusion and Osmosis

Diffusion Demo



    FREE ONLINE lab (you need to download it for it to work): Diffusion, Osmosis and Active Transport    
Interactive demonstration: Diffusion Across a Semipermeable Membrane

Week 6

IGHBE: Lab Session IV-1: Chlorophyll and Photosynthesis


  • Gloves
  • Optional coin with milled edge
  • Cotton balls
  • Elodea
  • Isopropanol, 70%
  • Various leaves
  • Light source
  • Measuring tape or meter stick
  • Microscope
  • Microwave
  • Saucer
  • Scissors
  • Soda straw
  • Toothpicks (plastic)
  • UV light source (optional)
  • Watch or clock with 2nd hand
  • Distilled water

HANDS ON Alternate to Lab IV-1:
Photosynthesis in Elodea


  • Sprig of Elodea
  • Distilled Water w /Baking Soda
  • Graduated Cylinder or Test Tube
  • Timer or Watch
  • 60 watt Spotlight
  • Safety Goggles

ONLINE Alternative to Lab IV-1: (See below in the yellow)

Carbon Transfer Through Snails and Elodea
All organisms are dependent on a healthy carbon dioxide-oxygen balance.  Photosynthesis and cellular respiration are key processes in maintaining this balance.  Plants, through the process of photosynthesis, use energy absorbed from sunlight, water, and carbon dioxide to produce carbohydrates and oxygen.  Animals and plants, through the process of cellular respiration, use oxygen and sugars to produce carbon dioxide, water, and energy needed to maintain life.

*Note: Do a Google search for : Carbon Transfer Through Snails and Elodea. Several sites have the answers to this lab.


    FREE online lab (You must download it for it to work): Leaf Photosynthesis  

Alternative online video lab: AP Photosynthesis Lab

As the chloroplasts absorb light they produce oxygen bubbles which eventually cause the leaves in the experiment to float. You can reproduce this lab at home using:

  • spinach leaves
  • syringe
  • water
  • baking soda
  • source of light (natural or artificial)
  • paper hole punch

Week 7



Cellular Respiration



Week 8

IGHBE: Lab Session IV-3: Investigating Cell Division

  • Microscope
  • Prepared slide: onion tip / plant mitosis
  • Prepared slide: animal mitosis


FREE ONLINE lab: Mitosis



Want to just look at slide pictures online? Click the links below:
Onion tip mitosis
Animal mitosis slides

The above lab is an alternate for lab IV-3.

Week 9



Optional ONLINE lab:

Drake Breeder's Guild meiosis lab (Yay! Let's breed some dragons!)


Meiosis Dragons (in my opinion, not as nice as the above "lab")



Week 10

IGHBE: Lab Session VI-1: Exploring Mendelian Genetics

No extra supplies needed.

Web lab: Genotype to Phenotype


Wisconsin Fast Plants Dihybrid Genetics Student Kit

*See scheduling document to plan out this 45 day experiment.

Drosophilia experiment




Online Drosophila genetics simulation



Week 11



CK-12: Blending Inheritance




Mendel Pea Simulation

Week 12

IGHBE: Lab Session III-5: Extracting, Isolating, and Visualizing DNA

  • Gloves
  • Optional balance
  • Beef or pork liver or yeast
  • Cheesecloth or muslin, etc.
  • Isopropanol
  • Freezer
  • Microscope
  • Paper towels
  • Saucer
  • Table salt
  • Teaspoon
  • Toothpick
  • Distilled water

Alternate to the IGHBE lab (easier imo):
Extracting DNA from strawberries

Click the above link to see pictures of Otter's experiment!

  • 100 ml dishwashing liquid (or shampoo without conditioner) 900 ml water
  • 15 grams of salt 1-2 fresh or frozen strawberries
  • Ziploc bag
  • Coffee filter
  • Clear glass or test tube
  • Cup or beaker or similar container
  • Isopropanol alcohol



DNA to Protein

Modeling Transcription

Modeling Translation


Week 13



Breeding Mutations in Fruit Flies Virtual Lab


Virtual lab: How do point mutations and frameshift mutations impact genetic sequences?

Week 14

IGHBE: Lab Session III-6: Build a Gel Electrophoresis Apparatus

  • Aluminum foil
  • 9V batteries (5, 7 or 9)
  • Gel casting comb materials (see text)
  • Marking pen
  • Plastic containers
  • Scissors
  • Tape (electrical or masking)

Alternate lab for IV-1:
Make your own gel electrophoresis apparatus video and instructions

Agarose powder

  • small rectangular plastic box
  • stainless steel wire (24-18 guage)
  • wire cutters
  • 5 nine-volt batteries
  • 2 alligator clip leads
  • kitchen scale or measuring spoons
  • baking soda
  • bottled water
  • agarose powder
  • microwave
  • 3 food coloring dyes

measuring utensil (graduated cylinder)

Virtual lab: How can sex-linked traits be identified?

Week 15

IGHBE: Lab Session III-7: Simulated DNA Gel Electrophoresis

  • Gel electrophorsis apparatus (from previous lab)
  • Measuring spoons
  • Microwave
  • 2 liter soda bottle (empty and clean)
  • Table salt
  • Baking soda
  • Toothpicks
  • water

Gel Electrophoresis Virtual Lab

(You can use as an alternate to Lab III-6)


Virtual lab: Transgenic Fly Lab

The above alternate lab is virtual!

Virtual lab: Engineering a transgenic organism using gene splicing

Week 16 - Rabbit trail and catch-up week






Week 17 - Rabbit trail or catch-up week






Week 18 End of Semester 1

LONG TERM PROJECT (Weeks to months)

IGHBE: Lab Session II-1: Building Microcosms

  • Gloves
  • Brown paper bag
  • Camera (optional)
  • Eggshell and yolk
  • Funnel
  • Wide-mouth jars
  • Mixing bowl
  • Newspaper
  • Pond water
  • Pond sediment
  • Pond vegetation
  • Soft drink bottles (1 liter)
  • Ladle, trowel or scoop
  • Water (spring or boiled tap)





IGHBE: Lab Session II-2: Observing Succession in Aquarium Microcosms

  • Gloves
  • Aquarium microcosms (from preceding lab)
  • Particulate masks, N100
  • Pond life reference material
  • Watch or clock with 2nd hand


NOTE: It's recommended you combine the first day of this lab with yesterday's lab Session II-1: Building Microcosms.
This is a long term project.




IGHBE: Lab Session II-3: Observing the Effects of Pollution in Microcosms

  • Gloves
  • Foam cup
  • Pond sediment/vegetation from lab II-1
  • Tablespoon
  • Water, spring or boiled tap





Week 19

IGHBE: Lab Session V-1: Sampling Plant Populations in a Community

  • Gloves
  • Assistant
  • Optional camera with macro feature
  • Hammer or mallet
  • Field guides to plants and trees for your region
  • Plastic bags for specimens
  • Pocket knife
  • Scissors
  • Stakes or sticks
  • String or cord (250 ft or 75 meters)
    Tape measure

FREE ONLINE lab (you must download it for it to work): Population Explosion



IGHBE: Lab Session V-2: Observing the Effect of Rhizobia on Plant Growth

  • Gloves
  • Balance
  • Chlorine laundry bleach
  • Foam cups, 16 oz
  • Lamp/fluorescent plant (optional)
  • Paper towel
  • Pencil
  • Plastic wrap
  • 2 liter soft drink bottle
  • Vermiculite
  • Distilled water



IGHBE: Lab Session V-3: Air Pollution Testing

  • Gloves
  • Saucers or similar containers
  • Microscope
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Plastic wrap
  • Spray bottle (optional)
  • Watch or timer




IGHBE: Lab Session V-4: Soil and Water Pollution Testing

  • Gloves
  • Desk lamp
  • Paper towels
  • Distilled water
  • Specimens: water collected from 2 different sources (stream, ditch, etc.)
  • 2-3 soil samples from different sources

Alternate lab for V-4:
Soil testing kit

Soil Testing Kit


Rapitest Soil Tester

soil test



Week 20

IGHBE: Lab Session VII-2: Preparing Culturing Media

  • Gloves
  • Aluminum foil
  • Balance or measuring spoons
  • 500 ml soda bottle (clean and empty)
  • Chicken broth or bouillon cube
  • Cotton balls
  • Measuring cup (microwave safe)
  • Microwave
  • Optional pressure cooker
  • Refrigerator
  • Table salt
  • Lysol or other disinfectant spray
  • Sprayer bottle filled with water
  • Table sugar
  • Tape
  • water

Optional /  alternative lab for VII-2:
Bacteria Experiment Kit

Other option:

The Magic School Bus: The World of Germs Kit

We are going to use the Magic School Bus kit because we already have it. There isn't anything wrong with it, but some high schoolers might think it's "babyish". If not, save yourself a few dollars.

Bacteria Experiment Kit

Notes for the Bacteria Experiment Kit :

If you aren't using the Illustrated Guide to Home Biology Experiments and want to do bacteria experiments, this is a great kit for growing and experimenting on bacterial cultures.


Investigating bacterial growth virtual lab

IGHBE: Lab Session VII-3: Culturing Bacteria

  • Gloves
  • Alcohol
  • Agar petri dishes from previous lab
  • Agar slant tubes from previous lab
  • Chlorine laundry bleach
  • Broth culturing tubes from preceding lab
  • Clock or watch with 2nd hand
  • Large container with lid (for bleach bath)
  • Microscope
  • Mixed bacteria culture
  • Normal saline tubes from preceding lab
  • Paper towels
  • Sanitized work area from preceding lab
  • tape

Alternate lab for VII-3: "Grow" your own yogurt

Students into cooking, etc. may enjoy this: Euro Cuisine YM80 Yogurt Maker

  • one cup unflavored yogurt with live cultures (will say on the label)
  • 4 cups of milk
  • pan
  • stove
  • large bowl or glass jars sterilized
  • heating pad & towels
  • extras for flavor like vanilla, berries, etc.


IGHBE: Lab Session VII-4: Investigating Bacterial Antibiotic Sensitivity

  • Gloves
  • Aluminum foil
  • Optional balance
  • Chlorine bleach container
  • Hole punch or scissors
  • Marking pen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Sanitized work area
  • Soda bottles
  • Teaspoon
  • Distilled water


  • From previous labs:
  • Nutrient agar
  • Nutrient broth tubes
  • Pure cultures

Extra for the Bacteria Experiment Kit
(alternate for lab VII-4)::
Antibiotic discs

Antibiotic Discs



IGHBE: Lab Session I-3: Gram Staining

  • gloves
  • butane lighter
  • ethanol 70%
  • microscope
  • paper towels
  • toothpicks
  • distilled water


Alternate to Lab I-3:
This is the perfect lab to demonstrate gram positive and negative bacteria as described in the text.

Gram Staining Kit
Gram Stain Kit  

Inoculating needle

Home Science Tools instructions on gram staining.

Expensive and not necessary:

Gram Stain Bacteria

Gram stain bacteria comparison set



Week 21

IGHBE: Lab Session VIII-1: Investigating Protista

Optional $ lab:
Pond Life Kit


Set up 4 jars and fill each 1/2 full with collected pond water. Put some chopped hay in one jar, a tsp. of rice in another, 1/4 tsp. egg yolk in another and 2 tsp. soil in the last. Place in a lighted area (but not direct sunlight) and culture for several days. On day 3, take a drop from each (use a new dropper for each jar) and make 4 slides to observe under the microscope. Make new slides and observe again several days later.

*Adapted from the 1st edition of Apologia's Exploring Creation with Biology - When I did Apologia's biology program with my older kids and used this technique for culturing pond creatures, we were able to see some really interesting things.

Notes about the Pond life kit:

Pond Life Kit

There are a number of options for pond life study. The Illustrated Guide to Home Biology Experiments has several labs that deal with this. If you aren't using IGHBE, you can either gather, culture and study pond life on your own (I've included simple instructions for this) or, for convenience sake, you can order this kit.



Week 22

IGHBE: Lab Session IX-1: Investigating Fungi

  • Gloves
  • Plastic zip bags
  • Bread with no preservatives
  • Microscope
  • Fresh mushroom
  • Orange slice
  • Paper towels
  • Optional prepared slides
  • Optional stereo microscope
  • sugar

Alternate for lab IX-1:
Mushroom dissection lab(please only use known [professionally cleared] safe mushrooms)

You can also make a spore print and look at that under the microscope.


  • Microscope
  • Edible mushroom
  • Water eye dropper
  • Microscope slide
  • Forceps
  • Cover slip
  • Paper towels

Back To The Roots Mushroom Kit

Mushroom Kit

Week 23

IGHBE: Lab Session X-1: Investigating Simple Plants: Mosses and Ferns

  • Gloves
  • Microscope
  • Stereo microscope (optional)
  • Optional prepared slides (see text)
  • Fern specimens
  • Moss specimens



Optional ONLINE lab: Plant Pigments

Week 24

IGHBE: Lab Session X-2: Investigating Seed Plants

  • Gloves
  • Alcohol
  • Carrot
  • Flowers
  • Foam cups
  • Fruits
  • Paring knife
  • Leaves (monocot and dicot)
  • Leaves hydrophyte (water plant)
  • Microscope
  • Stereo microscope (optional)
  • Paper towels
  • Pencil
  • Seeds
  • Prepared slides: monocot structures, dicot structures, gymnosperm structures
  • Sand or vermiculite
  • soil


Plant Transpiration virtual lab


Online lab: What factor affects the transpiration rate in plants?

Week 25


If you are going to do IGHBE lab XI-1, you'll need to hatch some brine shrimp this week.
You can order eggs or a full blown hatchery.
A middle of the road option is a sea monkey kit.




Week 26






Week 27

IGHBE: Lab Session XI-1: Investigating Porifera and Cnidaria


  • Culture: hydra (optional)
  • Microscope
  • Granita specimen
  • Vinegar (white, distilled)

Alternative or addition to XI-1

HST kit: Dissect the
Granita (sponge)
Alternate or addition to Lab XI-1

*You can order specimens individually or in smaller kits based on your level of interest and budget.

Notes about the Advanced Dissection Kit (Abbreviation: HST kit)

Advanced Dissection Kit

This dissection kit comes with all the specimens you need for the year, along with dissections tools, a dissection tray and an illustrated guidebook that will explain how to dissect the provided animals except the granita specimen. 

Want to avoid dissection? You can purchase a subscription to froguts.com for virtual dissections. I've tried froguts.com though and don't really like it. It's kind of cumbersome and doesn't come close to the real experience, in my opinion. However, for those of you who don't want to dissect, it will give you an acceptable approximation. You may want to watch the video links for dissections in the schedule to supplement.

Want to save some money? You can find videos of dissections on YouTube and other dissection resources online that can be used as a free option. You can also order smaller kits with less specimens.


HST kit:
Dissect the clam

Video Dissection of a clam

IGHBE: Lab Session XI-2: Investigating Platyhelminthes, Nematoda, and Annelida

  • Microscope
  • Prepared slides: platyhelminthes, nematoda, annelida

Alternative or addition to lab XI-2:
HST kit : Dissect the earthworm


Online dissection: Dissect the earthworm

Week 28

IGHBE: Lab Session XI-3: Investigating Arthropods

  • Ethanol
  • Food for mealworm beetles
  • Jars
  • Microscope
  • Refrigerator
  • Prepared slide: arthropoda
  • Specimens: assorted arthropods (ants, flies, spiders, caterpillars, butterlies, etc.)
  • Specimens: mealworms
  • Stereo microscope (optional)

Virtual lab: Mealworm behavior


HST kit: Dissect the starfish


HST kit: Dissect the grasshopper

HST kit: Dissect the crayfish


Virtual lab: Classifying Arthropods

Week 29

  • IGHBE: Lab Session XI-4: Investigating Vertebrate Tissues

HST kit: Dissect the perch


Online dissection: frog


Grow a Frog Kit
Grow a Frog Kit

Optional but fun. Be aware that the grow-a-frog can live several years. As it grows larger, it will need a larger habitat so getting one is a future commitment. This kit comes with a  lifetime guarantee that you can't beat.

Week 30






Week 31



pig dissection

Kit: Dissect the fetal pig over the course of the week



Week 32









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