Asexual Reproduction

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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.  The students will be able to define asexual reproduction, identify the different types, and explain the process mitosis

Asexual Reproduction Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about Asexual Reproduction
  • Hands-on homework activities giving students practice on identifying and using Asexual Reproduction
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 5-6 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Description

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

  1. Say: You were created using two parents.  How do you think some plants, single-celled species, and other organisms reproduce without two parents?
  2. 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.)
  3. Allow for responses and discussion, which may include references to cloning. Introduce asexual reproduction.
  4. 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.
  5. 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”.
  6. Once completed, identify the fastest students and have them compete against each other matching the terms/definitions.
  7. Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses.
  8. Distribute the Homework page. The next day, check and review the students’ responses.
  9. In closing, ask: If it was possible, would you agree to have yourself cloned?  Why or why not?
  10. 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: 

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.2
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.3
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.4
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6.2
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6.4
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6.7

Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 2 class sessions.

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Additional information

Grade Level

5th Grade, 6th Grade

Subject

Science