This kidney dissection lab is a great no-prep activity for Biology and Anatomy students to learn about the anatomy and physiology of the kidney. Dissection instructions, student lab worksheets, and diagrams are all included.
Terms addressed: kidney, perirenal fat tissue, nephron, urine, ureter, urinary bladder, urethra, renal capsule, hilum, renal artery, renal vein, renal cortex, renal medulla, renal pyramids, minor calyx, major calyx, renal pyramids, renal papillae, renal pelvis
*The only materials required are kidneys (sheep or bovine) and a scalpel. Dissection pins may be helpful for identification of structures, but are not required.
*For details on what is included in this activity, please click on the PREVIEW button above this description.
Included in this resource:
-1 page of student directions w/ background information and overview of the kidneys and urinary system
-3 diagrams of the kidney with structures labeled, including 1 photograph of dissected kidney
-1 student worksheet page to link structures and functions (digital and printable versions included)
Answer keys are included for all items.
Teaching labs virtually this year?
The student pages of this lab are included in a digital format for students to use on devices in Google Classroom or or any other online platforms that use Google Slides. The dissection is available by video demonstration for absent students or those that can not dissect.