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Carolina® Forensic Dissection Kit for a Class of 32

Item # 221489 Exclusive This product is exclusive to Carolina Biological Supply.
Carolina® Forensic Dissection Kit for a Class of 32 is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 5.
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Product Highlights

  • Develop and revise a model for relationships between organ systems through an authentic forensic dissection protocol used on a preserved pig.
  • High school laboratory investigation with enough materials for 8 lab groups.
  • Carolina Kits 3D™—Labs that use phenomena to support NGSS and 3-dimensional instruction.



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In this unique lab activity, students conduct a forensic pig dissection by modeling the protocols used by a pathologist for a human autopsy. They record their observations of external anatomy and then use a Y incision to open the body cavity for a detailed examination. Students remove all organ systems and take detailed measurements and observations of each organ on the provided Autopsy Report. When students complete the forensic dissection, they return the organs to the body cavity and suture the incisions. Along with the Carolina's Perfect Solution® pigs, a preserved adult pig heart and pig kidney are also included for comparison with the dissected specimen. A set of 7 prepared slides allows students to extend and enhance the dissection by examining some of the tissue types found within each system. This fresh, new approach to pig dissection provides a real-world connection to the popular world of forensics.

Time Requirement
Teacher prep, 45 minutes. Dissection, approximately one 3-hour block (or can be divided into multiple class periods). Note: Carolina’s Wetting Solution (items #220120A and #220121A) is recommended if completing dissection over multiple days.

Digital Resources
Includes 1-year access to digital resources that support 3-dimensional instruction for NGSS. Digital resources may include a teacher manual and student guide, pre-lab activities and setup videos, phenomenon videos, simulations, and post-lab analysis and assessments.

Performance Expectation(s)

Crosscutting Concepts
Structure and Function

Disciplinary Core Ideas
LS1.A: Structure and Function

Science and Engineering Practices
Developing and Using Models

Learning Objectives

  • Use descriptive figures and text to properly dissect a pig following an autopsy protocol.
  • Examine both external and internal characteristics of the pig, including tissues, organs, and body fluids.
  • Collect measurements and weights of various organs.
  • Relate macroscopic observations of the pig organs to prepared microscope slide sections of lung, artery, vein, stomach, liver, kidney, and reproductive tissues.

Prerequisite Knowledge and Skills
Students should have experience using dissecting instruments. They should also be familiar with mammalian organs and organ systems.

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Product Families Featuring This Item:

Components Qty Included?
Carolina's Perfect Solution® Pigs 8 Included
Carolina's Perfect Solution® Pig Heart 1 Included
Carolina's Perfect Solution® Pig Kidney 1 Included
Mammal Artery and Vein Microscope Slide, c.s. 1 Included
Human Fundic Stomach Microscope Slide, sec. 1 Included
Mammal Liver Microscope Slide, sec. 1 Included
Mammal Lung Microscope Slide, sec. 1 Included
Mammal Kidney Microscope Slide, median sag. sec. 1 Included
Mammal Graafian Follicles Microscope Slide, sec. 1 Included
Mammal Epididymis Microscope Slide, sec. 1 Included
Hand Lens 8 Included
Large Weigh Boats 40 Included
Blue Absorbent Pads 8 Included
Sponges 8 Included
Roll of Nylon String 1 Included
Suture Needles 8 Included
Carolina Science Online Resources (1-year subscription) 1 Included
Teacher's Manual and Reproducible Student Guide 1 Included
Dissecting Trays 8 Needed, Not Included
Dissecting Instruments Needed, Not Included
Compound Microscopes Needed, Not Included
Stereomicroscope Needed, Not Included
Top-Loading Balance or Mechanical Balance (200 g) Needed, Not Included
Twine or Large Rubber Bands Needed, Not Included
Metric Rulers Needed, Not Included
Petri Dishes Needed, Not Included
Gloves Needed, Not Included
Aprons Needed, Not Included
Safety Glasses or Goggles Needed, Not Included
Bone Cutting Forceps (optional) Needed, Not Included
Digital Cameras (optional) Needed, Not Included
Scale (for objects 3-5 lb) Needed, Not Included
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the engagement level with this forensics unit My fifth graders loved performing the autopsy on the pigs. We were able to gather lots of interesting data as we identified, removed, then weighed and measured the different organs. We graphed our class data and looked for abnormalities with our data. It was interesting to hear the different inferences and conclusions that the students made about the pigs and their differences.
Date published: 2014-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gotta love it my students love doing this dissection as an autopsy. They work carefully at the cuts then remove the organ systems intact. This allows them to easily see how they are connected before continuing with dissecting the organs themselves. It gives a different spin to a regular dissection lab.
Date published: 2011-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Students Love This Lab! I have used this lab for several years and it is always a class favorite. The pigs last for at least six months allowing me to utilize grant funding for purchasing them. The smell is minimal. The guide, slides and other materials that come with the forensic dissection kit are very helpful and add a lot to the lab activity.
Date published: 2010-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Product This forensic kit meets the needs of a middle school dissection unit perfectly. Students are involved and active throughout. The size of the pigs is perfect and there is enough variety for students to do comparisons. I would highly recommend this product to any middle school or high school science teacher needing a cost-effective, excellent product.
Date published: 2009-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Students Favorite I have used the Forensic Dissection Kit for two years with 8th grade students. Over a two year period of time the students have studied all of the mammalian systems and this dissection is the best for observing the systems they have studied. Following the forensic protocal adds to student interest. The slides provided with the kit are excellent quality and enable the students to move through the entire activity in 4- 5 classes. I look forward to using the kit again.
Date published: 2009-05-30
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