Dissection Specimens for Biology (Earthworm, Crayfish, Fish and Frog)

Dissection Specimens for Biology (Earthworm, Crayfish, Fish and Frog)

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Item #: 031154
Grades: 9-10

Product Description:

If you already have the dissection tools you need, this set just includes the individual specimens: an earthworm, a frog, a perch, and a crayfish. Specimens are nice and large, and are preserved with NASCO-Guard®. Please note that all specimens are enclosed in a plastic bag within a zip-close bag, and will ship with a separate packet of care and safety instructions. All specimens are packaged in one bag, so when bag is opened, you will need to reseal it in the reclosable bag to keep the other specimens from gradually drying out. Brief or minimal exposure to air will not harm the specimens. Refrigeration is not required.

Category Description for Exploring Creation with Biology 3rd Ed.:

Teaching a high school biology course at home can be challenging. Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Biology, 3rd edition is updated, but still written with Christian homeschool families in mind. Viewing God as the Master Designer of life, this course begins with a thorough explanation of the scientific method, tools, and limitations of science. Topically, students will study the science of life, the chemistry of life, ecology, genetics, bacteria, viruses, protists, fungi, plants, and animals. The theory of evolution is also evaluated through a Biblical worldview. There are 16 modules, each taking approximately 2 weeks (1 hour per day/5 days per week.) Exams follow each module and quarterly exams are also available. Labs are required, and the publisher recommends all 3 types be completed: Microscopic, Dissection and Household. If you are familiar with the previous editions of Biology, the 3rd ed. text has been reorganized and updated with new content and current discoveries, detailed infographics and updated graphics. The writing feels less conversational or chatty, compared to the previous edition, but in my sample module (available download below), the text is clearly explained and understandable to most high school students. This edition is not compatible with previous editions.

Three types of lab exercises are included: Household, microscopic (require the use of a 400x microscope, concave and flat slides, and the prepared slide set), and the dissection labs which require a dissection kit of instruments and specimens. Families who have used the 2nd edition and own the recommended slides and microscope will appreciate that the microscopic and dissection lab equipment is unchanged, with the exception that the chick embryo is no longer used. There are additional household and lab supplies that are necessary. Download the list of required items below this description. Nature’s Workshop Plus is in the process of creating lab kits for this course.

The soft cover Student Text includes all student reading, experiments, "On Your Own" exercises (with answers and discussion later in the chapter), and Study Guide questions at the end of each chapter. It also includes a link and password to “Book Extras” which offers supplemental resources to aid students in their study of biology. The Solutions and Tests, contains the chapter test booklet, answers to the test questions and solutions to the "Study Guide" questions. Tests are not reproducible. Test booklets can also be purchased separately.

Optional supports include the recommended Student Notebook, which provides a suggested daily schedule, space to answer the “On Your Own” and Study Guide questions and record personal study notes. It also includes lab forms for all lab activities, and additional information (not found in text) on how to design and perform their own experiments. It is not reproducible. Available Summer 2020, Video Instruction Thumb Drive and the Audio MP3 CD. Thumb Drive is Mac and Windows compatible. Requires Thumb Drive with minimum USB 2.0 port, web browser (no internet connection required), and a program capable of playing .mp4 files (Quick Time, VLC Player, or Windows Media Player). ~ Deanne

Category Description for Exploring Creation with Biology:

This science course, designed for high school, has been updated for 2020 and is now available in a 3rd edition. The 3rd edition is not compatible with the previous 2nd edition, which is now out of print with limited availability.

Category Description for Apologia Junior / Senior High Science:

Written specifically for use in a homeschool environment, these biblically-centered courses take a lot of pressure off the parent teaching the course. The main component of each course is the textbook. Please note that as of summer 2020, most textbooks have switched from hardcover to paperback. The student text includes all the student reading, instructions for labs, "On Your Own" exercises, and fifteen to twenty "Study Guide" questions at the end of each chapter. Unlike many upper-level science texts, we have found these to be extremely readable! The text has a conversational tone, and concepts are explained in an easy-to-understand way. Plenty of helpful diagrams and pictures are included which add interest and break up the text. Answers to the "On Your Own" exercises are also included with discussion at the end of each chapter. The labs are designed to be done easily, and most require only household items to complete; unlike high school courses, like Bob Jones which require investing in some lab equipment and chemicals to complete the labs. Where a microscope or dissecting materials are required, a reasonably-priced complete kit of materials is available, for ease in collecting the items.

The Solution Manual contains test questions for each chapter, answers to the test questions and solutions to the "Study Guide" questions. For some courses, a separate Perforated Tests booklet is available; please note that this is only necessary if you want an extra copy of the test questions.

The recently-published Student Notebooks are a user-friendly companion that provides space for answering the On Your Own and Study Guide questions as well as for developing Lab Reports. Study helps include graphic organizers and a Module Summary for each module (fill-in-the-blank). Digging Deeper sections provide opportunity for practical applications and writing activities. For the teacher there are grading rubrics for lab reports and suggested answers for some of the graphic organizers. The History of Science module includes a nicely done timeline. Grading rubrics for the lab reports are provided in the Appendix.

Most of the courses are available on Complete Course CD-ROMs. These 2-disc sets include all of the information found in the print version of the course along with additional multimedia animations, videos, narrations, and pronunciation guides. Tests can be viewed on-screen and printed out, but are not interactive. The teacher has access to password-protected answers which they can use for manual grading. Although the program does not require access to the internet, Internet Explorer is used as the interface.

Companion CD-ROMs are also available for each Apologia textbook. Not to be confused with the CD-ROM Complete Course, these CD-ROMs offer only the multimedia features that cannot be included in a print textbook. Features include videos of experiments, close-ups of a variety of organisms, identification of different components on 3-D models, and pronunciations of words with which students are probably unfamiliar. This one would be our preference, as our family finds it easier to read a book than to read for an extended period on the computer monitor. System requirements for all CD-ROMS: Windows 98, ME, NT, 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7, 8, and 10 (not supported for Mac operating systems).

MP3 Audio CDs are also available for most courses. The audio files are in MP3 format, and will require an MP3-compatible CD player to use (these can also be run on most computers). Tests, study guides, and answers are not included - this is simply an audio version of the text.

Apologia also offers Video Instruction for Biology, Chemistry, Marine Biology and Advanced Biology. Currently some are in DVD format and some have transitioned to USB flash drive. Sherri Seligson, author and scientist, is your host and takes you to interesting locations, incorporating animated diagrams (over 20 hours of instruction) to help students better understand the concepts being taught. The content is more of a summary of the textual information found in each section of the modules than a narration of the text. Students will either see Sherri Seligson on location or in a lab during the speaking portions or they will see animated illustrations and examples. Sherri takes students through each lab and talks about what needs to be done and the results of the experiments.

System requirements for USB drives: USB port (PC or Mac), media player capable of playing mp4 files, and an internet browser. DVD requirements: DVD drive on your computer (PC or MAC) capable of playing mp4 files; these are not compatible with a DVD player.

Category Description for Apologia Science:

Apologia Science courses are written from a Biblical worldview with the homeschool in mind. At the elementary level, courses follow a Charlotte Mason-inspired methodology, with lessons organized around narration, notebooking exercises and hands-on activities or projects. Children at different ages can use these together, learning at their own level. Each course is designed to be teacher-student interactive, so teacher involvement is fairly high at this level. At the junior high and high school levels, science courses are more traditional in nature, with the textbook written to the student. Teacher involvement time at this level is much less than at the elementary level. Textbooks contain student reading, lab instructions, "On Your Own" questions and Study Guide questions. A Solutions Manual provides the answers to these and the test questions. Lab kits are available separately for both the elementary and upper-level science courses which include most of the harder to find items you will need.


Items listed in this section tend to be complete science programs with a teacher and student component, requiring few supplements besides science supplies.

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Why did you choose this?
Rainbow Resource Center Store
Third son doing biology and these have always been good quality and the best price I found.
sarah r on Oct 9, 2020
We have another student doing this course and you had a good rate.
Nicole D on Sep 10, 2020
Third son doing biology and these have always been good quality and the best price I found.
sarah r on Oct 9, 2020
I am teaching my students how to examine the internal structures of organisms to understand how everything is different.
Mandy N on Sep 28, 2020
We have another student doing this course and you had a good rate.
Nicole D on Sep 10, 2020
I have used this kit before and it fits great with the curriculum
Mary C on Sep 5, 2020
recommended accessory
CHRISTOPHER S on Aug 29, 2020
biology hands on
Donna J on Aug 26, 2020
For high school biology
Patricia P on Aug 25, 2020
Have used curriculum with an older child, these are replacements for the expirements.
Gyorgyi S on Jul 24, 2020
Because it's needed for this course
Julie O on Jul 22, 2020
Homeschooling High School
Amy B on Jul 9, 2020
Dissection is an important hands-on learning tool to see these animals in real life.
Andrea M on May 19, 2020
great dissection kit
Renee A on Apr 22, 2020
I love the hands-on approach in this course. Having taught Biology at the High School level in the school system, I'm grateful to see quality resources available for our homeschool community!
Julie C on Feb 21, 2020
Because my child needs it for their group labs.
Colleen B on Jan 28, 2020
I teach high school biology in our homeschool organization
Julie M on Jan 22, 2020
to enhance the learning with the Biology book
Daniele W on Aug 24, 2019
my daughter needs it for school
Denise R on Aug 8, 2019
I'm not sure. Other sites seem to be less expensive,, but the copy said that these were "nice, big specimens," which does seem to make a difference in price as well as how well the lab goes.
Caroline M on Jun 15, 2019
High quality specimens
Katie L on May 24, 2019
I needed them for a school project, and Rainbow Resource Center had the best price!
Shannon L on May 20, 2019
great addition to bio lab! high quality specimens!
Rhonda B on Apr 15, 2019
Part of a lesson.
Elissa M on Apr 5, 2019
We use these specimens for our biology lab that our home school group does together. It works great to have the kids work together and see several of the same specimens because not all specimens are alike. We have been using these specimens for years and have been satisfied with them for the most part.
Debbie S on Feb 11, 2019
I already had the dissection set that I had used for my other children. We just needed the specimens to be able to complete our labs.
Amanda D on Feb 11, 2019
Required for our class, and we already had the dissection tools.
Nicole R on Jan 28, 2019
Need this for biology
Erin P on Jan 26, 2019
For a science class
Caitlin W on Jan 22, 2019
biology lab
Lori K on Jan 22, 2019
Needed replacement specimens for our biology kit.
George L on Jan 20, 2019
We have used this kit before and it worked out great!
Amber O on Jan 7, 2019
I got this for my daughter's biology class.
Amanda S on Jan 3, 2019
I have, personally, shopped at Rainbow for over 25 years. They offer good quality items at reasonable prices for homeschoolers.These four specimens are needed for our co-op's biology class to use for dissection. We only needed the specimens since we have all the dissection equipment, so this item was a great deal for us. Thank you Rainbow Resource!
Elaine H on Dec 24, 2018
For Biology class
Sarah K on Dec 13, 2018
Classical Conversations Challenge II Biology Dissections
Robin C on Dec 4, 2018
Perfect for Biology dissections and the best price around!
Julie M on Oct 30, 2018
homeschool assignment
Angela K on Oct 12, 2018
To fulfill the requirements of the Biology class.
Melissa R on Oct 6, 2018
My 10 th grader is doing biology and needed these.
Rochelle K on Sep 7, 2018
Sonja S on Aug 29, 2018
Needed to replace specimens previously used. Love this science.
Liberty K on Aug 28, 2018
Just what I needed.
Mary Ann S on Aug 28, 2018
student needs
Karen T on Aug 26, 2018
for my student
Sharon W on Aug 21, 2018
This is definitely a necessary part for the learning experience.
Elizabeth K on Aug 15, 2018
Tannis D on Aug 14, 2018
For Freedom Project Academy Biology course
Kris S on Aug 4, 2018
This kit corresponds with our science curriculum and is it fairly inexpensive and much simpler than trying to obtain individual specimens on our own.
Nathan R on Aug 4, 2018
required by FPA
Stan L on Aug 2, 2018
biology class
Sarah K on Jul 31, 2018
It had the parts I needed.
Elise P on May 15, 2018
I am teaching my students how to examine the internal structures of organisms to understand how everything is different.
Mandy N on Sep 28, 2020
I have used this kit before and it fits great with the curriculum
Mary C on Sep 5, 2020
Are there instructions for the dissections included with these?
A shopper on May 2, 2017
BEST ANSWER: No instructions. These are specimens only. Dissection instructions are available online although these specimens are geared to the dissection experiments in the Apologia biology course.
Since these specimens are packaged together, do they need to be used quickly? Or will they remain "fresh" over several weeks after the bag is opened?
A shopper on Dec 30, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Personally, my experience with these specimens was positive. We bought them in July. I opened the ziplock bag they were in at that point and examined the specimens. Then, I rebagged them with two layers of ziplock bags. I did not use the specimens until March and April of the following year. So, almost a year later, they were still moist and very usable for dissections.
Are the specimens soaked in fermaldahyde? Do the specimens expire? I read elsewhere that they weren't and expired after about 9 months. Thank you!
A shopper on Aug 26, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Personally, my experience with these specimens was positive. We bought them in July, and I re-bagged them when they arrived because the bag they were in was leaking somewhat. I did not use the specimens until March and April of the following year. So, almost a year later, they were still moist and very usable for dissections.

Here's the quote from the company that supplies them: "Most NASCO–Guard® specimens are originally fixed in a 3.7% formaldehyde solution, which is still the best animal tissue fixative known. In the NASCO-Guard® process, skilled technicians remove the formaldehyde fixative in a series of water baths, then perfuse the specimens with propylene glycol until tissue fluids contain at least 25% glycol; this inhibits the growth of decay organisms by raising the osmotic pressure of the specimens. Propylene glycol also acts as a humectant to insure moist specimens, and it lowers the vapor pressure of residual formaldehyde, thus markedly reducing the concentration of formaldehyde fumes in the lab. Perfusion also washes away water-soluble carbohydrates and proteins, which could nourish decay organisms. Residual formaldehyde is further reduced as it reacts with propylene glycol to form hemiacetals and acetals, which have a very low order of toxicity."
What species is the frog?
A shopper on Mar 25, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Not 100% sure but they were HUGE. Barely fit in the dissection tray!
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The specimens are fine just be aware that they are not individually sealed and are all in one bag together so if you are doing them several weeks apart you need to store them unsealed.
February 23, 2019
1 year ago
Great product for grossing out teens
I used this set for my students in our homeschool co-op biology class. The set kept well for several months until needed in class. The specimens were nice and large and well preserved. Teens were modestly grossed out while dissecting and we learned a whole bunch.
August 11, 2018
over 4 years ago
Great specimens
These are great specimens, but it would have been helpful if they were individual bagged.
June 14, 2018
over 2 years ago
I was extremely disappointed to discover that the specimens were not individually wrapped. My son had to reach into the bag of specimens to find the earthworm and now we are trying to keep the remaining specimens "fresh" for future dissection labs. It's disgusting. A classmate who ordered her dissection kit from ChristianBooks.com had individually wrapped specimens. I think they were a little more expensive but well worth the extra money.
March 26, 2018
over 2 years ago
Biology Dissection Kit
It was well priced compared to other companies. The frog was a bullfrog....huge! Organs were easy to see. They were a bit squished though, but fine for the purpose.
May 27, 2017
over 3 years ago
ALL SPECIMENS IN ONE BAG, not individually packaged.
Once the bag is open, all animals are exposed to the air. We use them over the course of a month, so this is a HUGE negative for me.

Animals are of very large size and the price is excellent, nevertheless, I would not have purchased them had I known I'd need to make storage arrangements.
February 25, 2017
over 3 years ago
Good specimens
These worked fairly well for dissection with the Apologia Biology course. They were a bit tougher than a fresh specimen, of course, but did the job.
May 5, 2016
over 4 years ago
Just right
We bought this for our daughter to use while doing the Apologia Biology book. Over the years we have collected all the other tools and didn't need to buy the whole set. This was the best place to get the needed specimens. Service, price and quality were just right
April 21, 2016
over 4 years ago
Outstanding items
We received the Biology dissection specimens, and they were exactly as described. Everything was packaged nicely so that we could remove each specimen separately per each lesson. Everything was clean and scent free, and that was a plus because I wasn't sure what to expect.
April 14, 2016
over 4 years ago
a great kit
The size of the specimens was large which is especially helpful to see all of the things students are looking for. Much larger than the specimens that other students in the co-op class had. The teacher asked students to take a look at these specimen for examination.
March 24, 2016
over 4 years ago

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