The lesson introduces to the different types of asexual reproduction, with a brief comparison to sexual reproduction. Depending on the students’ level, any subject related to sex, one or two-parent, can be sensitive and may cause snickers and similar reactions. It is important for the teacher to present the lesson as they do other science-related lessons. The lesson is filled with new vocabulary words that students may be unfamiliar with, especially when compared to other science lessons.
Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction
- Say: You were created using two parents. How do you think some plants, single-celled species, and other organisms reproduce without two parents?
- Allow for responses and discussion. Do you think it is possible for humans to be created without using two parents? (Cloning may be a response, which may be addressed during lesson closing.)
- Allow for responses and discussion, which may include references to cloning. Introduce asexual reproduction.
- Distribute Asexual Reproduction content pages. Read and review the information with the students. Save the final question for the lesson closing. Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
- Distribute Activity page. Read and review the instructions. Pair students. Allow students time to review the terms, practice quizzing each other, and playing a “match game”.
- Once completed, identify the fastest students and have them compete against each other matching the terms/definitions.
- Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses.
- Distribute the Homework page. The next day, check and review the students’ responses.
- In closing, ask: If it was possible, would you agree to have yourself cloned? Why or why not?
- Allow for responses and discussion. Ask students if they think their clone would have the same personality, height, weight, etc., as it matured.
Common Core State Standards:
Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 2 class sessions.
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