External Anatomy of Animals



This lesson is used to teach students the basic parts of beef, sheep,dairy and swine animals. It should be taught after they learn the basic terminology of all the animals. The included Power Point presentation goes through each animal and its parts. Students are to use the attached blank diagrams to copy down the parts throughout the presentation. Teachers are encouraged to discuss parts that are similar on all animals such as the hock, back, loin, etc. as well as parts unique to each animal.

Lesson Time

1 block period or 2 class periods
100 Minutes

Industries / Subjects / Grades

Industries / Pathways
  • Agriculture & Natural Resources

Standards and Objectives


California Academic Content Standards (1)
California's 2008 CTE Standards (2)

Related Instructional Objectives (SWBAT...)

  • Students can identify the external parts of the main livestock animals.
  • Students will identify and label the parts of beef, sheep, and swine diagrams.
  • Students verbally identify the parts of animals when pointing to live examples.

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