How to Make a Baby (in a Lab)

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With over five million babies being born through in vitro fertilization in the last 40 years, sex education is taking on a whole new look. After first walking through natural process of reproduction, this short video goes on to explore the amazing science that allows babies to be made in laboratories, giving couples who would otherwise be otherwise be childless the chance to become parents.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Watch this video during a reproductive health unit in middle or high school
  • Develop a note-taking guide for your class to complete during the video
  • Flip your classroom by having your students watch this video and complete the assessment as a homework assignment
Classroom Considerations
  • Note that this video mentions how homosexual couples rely on in vitro fertilization to have children, which may cause controversy depending on your school community
  • Prior to teaching any sex education unit, be sure to notify parents ahead of time as they may or may not want their children to participate
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
  • Key vocabulary terms are displayed on the screen at different points throughout the video
  • A brief quiz with five multiple choice and four free-response questions is included with the video
  • Teachers are able to build their own lessons around this video using the TED-Ed website
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