For one of our science lessons this week I took both of the sixth grade classes from my school to our next door neighbor, Andrews Academy. The biology teacher there is always willing to share his resources and introduce students to the academy. I really appreciate him for this.
While I could provide a paper project for identifying fish parts, he was able to actually give students fish and tools for exploring their insides. Some students were squeamish and didn't want to take part, but others absolutely loved it.
I enjoyed hearing them answer the academy teacher's questions about fish correctly and with so much enthusiasm. It helped me know that I am covering the material well.
If you or your school doesn't have the resources to do a dissection project, check with nearby schools to see if they can help.