Animal Reproduction & Development Activities for High School

Instructor: Tawnya Eash

Tawnya has a master's degree in early childhood education and teaches all subjects at an elementary school.

If you are looking for interesting activities about animal reproduction and development, this lesson has ideas that will keep your students engaged and deepen their understanding.

Why Activities?

Incorporating activities into your lesson plans can help your students stay engaged and motivated to learn. Science can often lend itself to hands-on activities or experiments that grab your students' interest and strengthen their skills. This can be applied when teaching how animals reproduce and develop.

Enjoy using one, two, or all of the ideas in this lesson when planning to teach your students about animal reproduction and development. Feel free to change anything you find necessary to better meet the needs of your students.

Animal Reproduction and Development Activities

A Model of Your Own

Students get to show a model of animal reproduction with various materials!

Materials for each group

  • Option 1 - Edible
    • Box of Jell-O
    • Measuring cup
    • Cold water
    • Boiling water
    • Whisk
    • Mixing bowl
    • Aluminum pan
    • Licorice
    • Gumdrops
    • Sprinkles
  • Option 2 - Clay Model
    • Multiple colors of clay
    • Large pan or cookie sheet for work space
  • Toothpicks
  • Printer paper or address labels
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Resource on reproductive tracts

Procedure

  • Students will work in groups of 2-3.
  • Invite students to create their own model of the reproductive tract. Students will either use edible materials or clay to show parts of the sexual reproductive tract.
    • Note: If using the edible model, students will need to create Jell-O a day ahead of time for it to set. Students will follow directions on the box to mix Jell-O.
  • Each group must show the male and female reproductive system with their model. They must refer to a diagram and notes from their resource on animal reproductive tracts.
  • After forming the organs that are involved in the reproductive process, students must ensure they are properly labeled.
    • Students will write on the labels and then attach them to the toothpicks. They will insert them into their models at the correct location.
  • When finished, students will share their diagram with another group and explain the function of each labeled part.

That Explains It

Students will display a specific animal's reproduction and development.

Materials

  • Poster (trifold if available)
  • Technology
    • Computers with Internet access and programs such as Microsoft Office
    • Printer and paper
  • Without technology
    • Resources on animal reproduction and development
    • Notebooks
  • Pencils
  • Various other materials students will gather from home and/or school.

Procedure

  • Students will work in groups of 2-3.
  • Invite students to become the teacher! They are going to research a specific animal (you could also assign the animal or provide a list for students to select from) to describe its reproduction and development. Animals assigned might include starfish, hydras, worms (like the blackworm), humans, dogs, etc.
  • On the poster, students should describe each step involved in reproduction as well as how it continues to develop. The poster will be used as a learning station in the classroom. In order for other students to demonstrate what they've learned from the poster, there must be a game or activity along with the information.
    • Example: The learning station is all about starfish and how they regenerate. The activity could be for students to list and draw the steps in regeneration. An answer key or rubric should be created so that students can check their own work.
  • Allow ample time for all groups to work on their learning stations. Students may use technology, no technology, or a combination of both. The materials for the game or activity must be included.
  • When the learning stations are finished, set them up in the classroom or hallway. Assign groups of students to begin at a certain station and have them rotate until they have experienced each station.

Did You Get That?

Let students help one another show what they know about reproduction with a foldable.

Materials

  • Large construction paper or drawing paper
  • Colored pencils, markers, crayons,
  • Rulers
  • Scissors
  • Resources on types of reproduction and development (text, notes)
  • Optional - computers with Internet access and programs such as Microsoft Office

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