Coastal Habitats & Species—Squid Dissection

Summary: Students will dissect a squid, learn about squid anatomy and adaptations, and then compare their dissected specimen to an octopus.

Concepts to teach: Squid anatomy and adaptations, Compare and Contrast

Goals: Students will investigate and discuss internal and external squid anatomy. Some features of the squid will be compared to similar features on an octopus.

4.2L.1, 5.2L.1

Specific Objectives:

  1. Observe the external and internal anatomy of a cephalopod
  2. Compare and contrast tentacle designs of a squid and the arms of an octopus.
  3. Write your name in squid ink!
  4. Examine the squid’s eye.

Activity Links and Resources:


  • Worksheet included in the LaRosa dissection lesson plan.