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Human Sexuality (Junior High) - Conception and Fetal Development
Students examine conception and fetal development. They discover how to make responsible choices for prenatal care.
Students examine organisms that are composed of tissues, organs, and systems. They dissect a fetal pig and explore the assigned organs systems such as the skeletal, muscular, and circulatory organs. Students identify and explain their organ and its function to other their peers.
Reproduction, Day 2: Pregnancy
Nearly all high schoolers have seen pregnant women and may have questions about human development. Intended for secondary students with mild to moderate mental disabilities, this lesson plan defines the process of pregnancy in a developmentally appropriate way. They define the term pregnancy, sort a collection of images depicting pregnant and not pregnant women, brainstorm differences they see, then discuss fetal development. The Miracle of Life by NOVA is suggested viewing.
Fertilization and Pregnancy
Students use a KWL chart and describe their knowledge of fertilization, pregnancy and birth. They watch a video of fertilization and development and create a poem, song or dance about what they have learned.
Human Development: The First Trimester & Developmental Malformations
Students, analyze and discuss cleft lip, cleft palate, anencephaly, spina bifida and septal defects in the heart--well-known malformations that can occur in the first trimester of prenatal devalopment. They play the review game, Fetal Pursuit.
Human Sexuality (High School) - Lesson 7 / Conception
Young scholars examine conception, fetal development, birth defects, including the risk factors of pregnancy and the birth process. They study the changes a woman's body endures during the different stages of pregnancy.
Epidemiology: Graphing and Analyzing Health Data
Students graph data on fetal and infant mortality rates collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They identify trends in the data and propose potential causes for the trends.
Experimentation with Teratogens on Zebrafish
Learners compare mitosis and meiosis with regard to chromosome number in parent cells versus daughter cells, types of cells produced, total number of cells produced, and the number of divisions. In groups, identify and differentiate the major characteristics of vertebrate development and explain the relationships among the number of eggs, methods of fertilization, and rates of embryonic development as related to species survival.
Reproduction, Day 2: Pregnancy
Learners identify pictures of women labeling them pregnant or not pregnant. They discover what happens inside a woman when she is pregnant. They explain the relationship bettwen intercourse, fertilization and parenthood.
Reproduction, Day 1
Students identify the parts of the human body involved in reproduction. They examine the process of fertilization and discover all species reproduce. They practice using new vocabulary as well.
A Hard Sell on Stem Cells?
Students examine their prior knowledge of cell regeneration and therapeutic use of stem cells. After reading an article, they discover new techniques for deriving embryonic stem cells. In groups, they research on the different types of stem cells and write about one aspect of interest to them.
Pregnancy, day 1
A health instructional activity presents all aspects of conception and pregnancy. Fourth through sixth-graders define terms associated with pregnancy, label a chart of a woman, and discuss how pregnancy occurs. Some excellent activities and a wonderful worksheet are included in this impressive plan. Answers for the worksheet are available as well.
Pesticide Watch Card
Learners examine human health by identifying dangerous pesticides. In this agriculture lesson, students research the food production system in the United States and discuss dangers such as pesticides, chemicals and insecticides which poison our food and poison humans as well. Learners create a list of healthy fruits and vegetables on a worksheet and discuss the benefits of eating organic food.
Human Embryo Development and Birth Defects
Open this lesson with a discussion on birth defects. Break the class into groups to visit a website and learn about what happens at each stage of human embryo and fetal development. Assign each group a particular birth defect to research and create a slide show to present to the rest of the class. Note that in Step three of the lesson plan, the PowerPoint that you are supposed to show is not included. There are, however, a student worksheet and group presentation grading rubric.
The Human Reproductive System
Students identify the parts of a male and female reproductive system and what the jobs of those parts are. In this reproduction lesson plan students describe some reproductive technologies.
Seventh graders take a survey to determine their attitudes toward sexuality. In groups, they identify female and male reproductive organs and develop a list of secondary sex traits during puberty. They also discuss the stages of the menstrual cycle and how the fetus develops. To end the lesson, they discuss how to prevent sexually transmitted diseases.
The Effects of Alcohol and other Teratogens: A model using Zebrafish
Students investigate the interference of various drugs on an embryo through experimentation. This is an open-ended lab to allow students to see effects of various chemicals humans choose to put in their bodies and create questions they can test in future experiments.
Genetics and Heredity: The Next Generation
Tenth graders work in teams to order events of DNA transcription and translation protein synthesis. In the second lesson, they put the steps of mitosis and meiosis in order using a concept map poster. They use modeling clay to create models of cells undergoing these changes. In the third lesson, 10th graders create Punnett squares, and participate in an interactive lecture on genes, alleles, traits and geno/pheno types.
Reproduction, Day 1: Reproductive System
Engage Secondary Special Education students in a developmentally appropriate activity on human reproduction. They review genital anatomy and 5 key components that comprise the reproductive cycle. Perfect for a mild to moderately disabled class. Handouts are included.
Students comprehend that karyotyping is a process in which chromosomes are cut from an enlarged picture and arranged in decreasing order of size. The cells to be viewed are first chemically treated to increase the number of dividing white blood cells and then treated with colchicines to stop mitotic division during anaphase. Lastly, the cells are burst open, stained and fixed. The slide is examined for well spread chromosomes, photographed, and karyotyped.