Bibliographic Information: Froguts Inc. Froguts Virtual Dissections. 2001.
This online biology software guides a student through the process of dissecting several different subjects, including squid, starfish, and the original frogs. The full-color virtual dissections and quizzes prepare biology students for the actual dissections in their classroom labs. It is also a valid substitute for in-person dissections in 18 states including California.
Quantitative Reading Level: Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 33.8
Qualitative Reading Analysis:
This tool is presented in third-person, focusing on the selected subject for dissection. It teaches biology skills and vocabulary. The media is 9th grade level.
Content Area: Science-Biology
Content Area Standard:
- CCSS for Reading for 6-12: #2 Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; summarize complex concepts, processes, or information presented in a text by paraphrasing them in simpler but still accurate terms; #4 Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context; #5 Analyze how the text structures information or ideas into categories or hierarchies, demonstrating understanding of the information or ideas; #9 Synthesize information from a range of sources; #10 Read and comprehend science/technical texts in appropriate grades.
- CCSS for Writing for 6-12: #9 Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
- CCSS for Language 6-12: #3 Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening; #4 Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases.
This is a fun tool to use in Science Curriculum. It is best suited to 9th grade through 12th grade. It explores biology and dissection.
Supporting Digital Content:
Note: I last used Froguts about a decade ago, and the program was impressive even then. It now includes x-rays and other new tools.