Dissection Program

Cow Eye Dissection

Grades 6 - 8

You won’t believe your eyes! Working in groups of two or three, students will dissect a cow eye to gain a whole new perspective on mammalian eye anatomy and vocabulary.


Learning Goals and Activities

See below for questions your students may ask, and the scientific activities that will help them explore, explain, and elaborate on their understanding of eye anatomy.

What are the parts of the eye?
Discussion of eye vocabulary and diagram labeling.
Hands-on dissection of cow eyes in groups of 2 or 3.

How does each part of the eye work?
Hands-on exploration of all parts of the eye to understand structure and function.

How are cow eyes similar to and different from human eyes?
Discussion to compare/contrast human eyes with other mammalian eyes.