The Three Different Ways Mammals Give Birth

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All mammals have warm blood, are vertebrates, breathe with their lungs, have hair or fur on their bodies, and produce milk for their young. But not all mammals give birth to their young in the same manner. Watch a video that explains how the three basic types of mammals—placentals, marsupials, and monotremes—give birth.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Research placental, marsupial, and mammals that have the shortest and longest gestation periods
  • Create a vocabulary sheet for learners to fill out as they watch with words like uterus, vertebrates, placental mammals, placenta, marsupial mammals, suckling, mammalia, and monotreme mammals 
  • Create a triple Venn diagram that class members can compare the three types of mammals and their birthing techniques
Classroom Considerations

  • Best used with more mature audiences that are learning about the mammal kingdom
  • If flipping the lesson, ensure all pupils have access to the Internet
Pros

  • Very informative
  • Engaging animations support the delivery of the content
  • Comes with discussion questions, a quiz, and links for expanding on the topic
Cons

  • None