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The Real Story of Where Babies Come From Lesson Overview

The student will be able to identify the main organs/structures of the female/male reproductive systems and understand their functions as well as describe the process of fertilization. This activity will ask students to match various picture cards containing parts of the female and male reproductive systems with the appropriate description cards. Upon matching the cards correctly, students will collaborate with each other and write a creative story on the release of sex cells and how fertilization occurs in order to form a fetus. After completing their stories, students will share their understanding of the reproductive system with the rest of the class


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80-90 minutes
3-4 students/group
PTI Inquiry
3.3, 4.2, 5.2, 5.8, 5.9, 7.2, 7.3
Lesson Components Time Inquiry Skills Tech. Used Engage Level Brief Description
Engage 5 min 5.2 Internet & Video 2 Students will watch a video and make observations on the process of fertilization
Explore 20 min 3.3, 4.2 none 3 Students will work in groups of 4 to match pictures of reproductive parts of the body (both male and female) with cards that contain the appropriate descriptions
Explain 20 min 4.2, 5.9 none 3 Students will take turns explaining the functions of major organs/structures of the female/male reproductive systems. Students will explain the process of ovulation and release of sperm (ejaculation) to each other. Students will respond to reflection questions and complete tables.
Expand 20 min 4.2, 5.8, 7.2, 7.3 Computer, phones, digital recorders 2 Students will work together to create a story (digital story, skit, drawing, etc.) on the process of fertilization. Students will share their stories with the class
Further extension activities (beyond scope of standards) 10-15 min 4.2, 5.8, 7.2, 7.3 Computer, phones, digital recorders 2 **Students can discuss what would happen if the fertilized egg does not implant in the uterus (implanted in fallopian tube a condition called ectopic pregnancy) or if it does not get fertilized at all (menstrual cycle).
** Students can investigate other forms of reproduction by comparing sexual and asexual reproduction.
Evaluate 5-10 min 7.3 none 1 Students will use a grading rubric to evaluate their story on the process of fertilization.
Students will complete a summative assessment on the reproductive systems and the process of fertilization.

Level of Student Engagement
1     Low     Listen to lecture, observe the teacher, individual reading, teacher demonstration, teacher-centered instruction
2     Medium     Raise questions, lecture with discussion, record data, make predictions, technology interaction with assistance
3     High     Hands-on activity or inquiry; critique others, draw conclusions, make connections, problem-solve, student-centered

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