Human Reproduction


The lesson introduces students to human reproduction, though other organisms are discussed, the lesson is mostly focused on human reproduction.  Many of the students at this age and grade level may be confused about the concept of sexual and human reproduction but may have nowhere to turn with their questions.  It is also important your school or district allows the discussion and presentation of this topic.  The lesson does not include graphic images or photos but presents a scientific view of human sexual reproduction, but some terms may elicit giggles from students.

Human Reproduction Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about Human Reproduction
  • Homework helping students learn about Human 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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The lesson introduces students to human reproduction in a scientific manner. The lesson briefly mentions asexual reproduction but focuses mainly on human reproduction. Some vocabulary terms included with the lesson are puberty, chromosomes, pregnancy, sperm, egg, embryo, and fetus. The lesson does not include any graphic photos or illustrations. The lesson may be used in conjunction with other science lessons related to the human body.

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction: 

  1. Ask students: What is the difference between asexual reproduction and sexual reproduction?
  2. Allow for responses and discussion. Before continuing, stress to students it is important to respect each other during the lesson and that there are no dumb or silly questions.  Tell students that sometimes the discussion may be uncomfortable, and a few giggles are acceptable, but the information presented in important.  Ask students:  What are things you are unsure of related to sexual reproduction?
  3. Allow for responses and discussion. Introduce Human Reproduction to the class.
  4. Distribute Human Reproduction content pages. Tell students that during the lesson, they may submit anonymous questions which will later be discussed during the closing of the lesson.  Read and review the information with the students.  Save the final question for the lesson closing.  Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  5. In closing, ask students: What was the most surprising thing you have learned during the lesson?  Why?    
  6. Allow for responses and discussion, and as an alternative, students may write out their responses and turn them in for later anonymous discussion.
  7. Discuss the anonymous questions received during the presentation of the content.

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