Squid Dissection

Grades 3 - 5

Quit squidding around! Working in groups of two or three, students will dissect a squid to gain an understanding of the external and internal anatomy and how it compares and contrasts with mammalian biology. 

Learning Goals and Activities

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

What are the external parts of a squid?
Discussion of squid vocabulary and diagram labeling.

How many hearts does a squid have? 
Hands-on dissection of squid in groups of 2 or 3.  

How does a squid propel through the water? 
Hands-on exploration of the internal organs of a squid to understand function. 

How is a squid anatomy similar to and different from human anatomy? 
Discussion to compare/contrast human anatomy and squid anatomy.