Distance Learning: Disecting a Cow Eye
Get your goggles on! Dissect a cow's eye to understand how each structure works together to provide the sense of sight, just like your human eye. After the program, work with your class on a series of optical illusions to see how your eyes and brain work together to bring you visual messages.
Museum provides cow eyes, gloves and safety glasses (yours to keep); school must provide its own dissection tools.
- Grade level: 5–8
- Cost: $200
- Available: Year-Round
Each Distance Learning program includes:
A 50-minute interactive program
A kit with materials for interactive experiments for 30 students
Extension activities and resources for further exploration
To make your program an enjoyable and memorable experience please be sure to review the Videoconferencing Tips
Please note: Your school or ISD must have videoconferencing equipment to participate in Distance Learning Programs.
U.S. National Curriculum Standards NS.5-8.1 Science as Inquiry
- Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
- Understanding about scientific inquiry
U.S. National Curriculum Standards NS.5 Life Sciences
- Structure and function in living systems
- Regulation and behavior
- Diversity and adaptations of organisms
Michigan Grade Level Content Expectations, Science v.1.09
- Describe the physical characteristics (traits) of organisms that help them survive in their environment. (L.EV.05.12)
- Relate degree of similarity in anatomical features to the classification of contemporary organisms. (L.EV.05.21)
- Recognize that all organisms are composed of cells (single cell organisms, multicellular organisms). (L.OL.07.21)
- Explain how cells make up different body tissues, organs and organ systems. (L.OL.07.22)
Next Generation Science Standards
Students participating in this program will explore science content as stated in the Disciplinary Core Ideas. They will engage in science and engineering practices as they plan and conduct investigations to answer questions regarding the structure and function of the eye.
PS4.B: Electromagnetic Radiation
- Objects can be seen if light is available to illuminate them or if they give off their own light.
- An object can be seen when light reflected from its surface enters the eyes.
LS1.A: Structure and Function
- Plants and animals have both internal and external structures that serve various functions in growth, survival, behavior, and reproduction.
LS1.D: Information Processing
- Different sense receptors are specialized for particular kinds of information, which may be then processed by the animal’s brain. Animals are able to use their perceptions and memories to guide their actions.
- Each sense receptor responds to different inputs (electromagnetic, mechanical, chemical), transmitting them as signals that travel along nerve cells to the brain. The signals are then processed in the brain, resulting in immediate behaviors or memories.