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 teaching supports include the 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 most textbooks have switched from hardcover to softcover format. 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.

TheStudent 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.

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. These have transitioned to USB flash drive format. 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.

We now offer SuperSets and Advantage Sets which include multiple items. Advantage Sets include the text, solutions manual (with a copy of the test), notebooking journal, and the MP3 Audiobook CD. SuperSets include everything in the Advantage Set (text, solutions manual with tests, otebooking journal and MP3 CD) plus the Video Instruction USB Flash Drive.

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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compatible with Exploring Creation with Biology
Cheryl S on Jun 2, 2023
to use with Jay Wile's Biology course
daybreaking on Jan 30, 2023
compatible with Exploring Creation with Biology
Cheryl S on Jun 2, 2023
I already had the dissection tools so this was exactly what I needed.
Amy W on Mar 16, 2023
to use with Jay Wile's Biology course
daybreaking on Jan 30, 2023
for homeschool
Heather C on Sep 10, 2022
We had the kits for two lab groups but needed one more set of specimens for the teacher - so great they were sold separately here!
PATRICIA N on Sep 8, 2022
Good biology specimens
Min S on Aug 10, 2022
Have used these with all my children. Excellent!
Angelia W on Aug 7, 2022
we already used our specimens for an earlier biology class and need more.
Laurie T on Aug 3, 2022
Need for Marine Biology Course
Jason B on Jul 29, 2022
Need 'em for full biology experience!
Karen C on Jul 27, 2022
price, and it included only what i need. last kiddo to need biology
Janet C on Jul 18, 2022
my last baby completing biology!
Jennifer L on Jul 11, 2022
Did not need the whole kit.
Barbara D on Jul 9, 2022
needed for Biology
kari b on Mar 28, 2022
Time for Number 3 to do dissection. So the third time I have purchased these from Rainbow.
Joie B on Feb 8, 2022
I have a freshman taking Exploring Creation with Biology Course
Jason B on Sep 22, 2021
Our homeschool lab classes are no longer available, so I needed to get the supplies to have at home.
Hornby, T on Aug 30, 2021
Melinda R on Aug 29, 2021
Needed for homeschool course
Laurie K on Aug 12, 2021
Beth D on Aug 6, 2021
need for school
Tammy D on Aug 5, 2021
Large, fresh specimens. Nicely packed for storage until you are ready to use them.
Renee S on Aug 4, 2021
Biology dissection labs.
Kelly M on Aug 3, 2021
Rainbow had a more competitive shipping price than others.
Julie C on Jun 15, 2021
Required for Exploring Creation with Biology
Elizabeth W on Apr 20, 2021
I chose this item because it was only the specimens and not the whole dissection kit. As this is my fourth child to do biology, I didn't need the other components of the kit. I am thankful I found just the specimens!
Garett J on Apr 7, 2021
I needed these and it was all together as a group package.
Sherri M on Feb 10, 2021
Required for Honors Biology (Berean Builders)
User on Feb 4, 2021
Good price.
B J on Jan 17, 2021
needed for homeschool
Alethea H on Jan 12, 2021
To complete Biology curriculum
Diana W on Jan 5, 2021
This is the best value if you already have the dissection tools.
Meredith J on Dec 22, 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
I already had the dissection tools so this was exactly what I needed.
Amy W on Mar 16, 2023
for homeschool
Heather C on Sep 10, 2022
Is the frog included injected with the dye for the blood vessels that makes them appear blue and red?
Karen J on May 6, 2021
BEST ANSWER: Not sure but they are dark coloured and easy to see.
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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Rated 4 out of 5
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
over 4 years ago
Rated 4 out of 5
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 7 years ago
Rated 4 out of 5
Great specimens
These are great specimens, but it would have been helpful if they were individual bagged.
June 14, 2018
over 5 years ago
Rated 1 out of 5
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 5 years ago
Rated 4 out of 5
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 6 years ago
Rated 3 out of 5
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 6 years ago
Rated 4 out of 5
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 7 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
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 7 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
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 7 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
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 7 years ago

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