“The seventh grade students are dissecting grasshoppers as a prelude to chapter 18 over organisms. The students will learn about the many external features of a grasshopper in a hands on activity,” proclaimed Mr. Fitzgerald, Nowata Middle School science teacher. The students were given a packet with specific instructions on how to dissect their grasshopper and where to glue the grasshopper parts after they have been dissected. Each student will be provided with a lab apron, gloves, eyeglasses, a dissecting pan, dissecting kit with a forcept and a scalpel, t-pins, a magnifying glass, one preserved grasshopper, a piece of paper, and a pencil. Students will be required to identify and label their grasshopper as well. They will observe that the body of the grasshopper is divided into 3 regions— the head, the thorax, and the abdomen. Then, they will examine the head, antennae, compound eyes, ocelli, and the mouth parts, and label them. Mr. Fitz chose grasshoppers for this assignment because they are somewhat simple to work with.