Asexual Reproduction Activities & Games

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

Teaching students about asexual reproduction will help them better understand single-celled organisms. This lesson offers activities and games that teach students more about asexual reproduction.

Teaching Asexual Reproduction

As a science teacher, one of your responsibilities is to help students understand the different ways organisms can reproduce. This means that you will spend some time focusing on asexual reproduction, or how some kinds of organisms can reproduce offspring from a single organism. When students understand asexual reproduction, they will know more about genetics, sing-cell organisms, and cellular life in general.

To teach asexual reproduction, you might want to think about ways you can keep students more engaged in your instruction. One way to do this is to incorporate games and activities that make learning fun and let students work collaboratively, using a variety of learning styles and strengths.

The games and activities in this lesson will deepen your students' familiarity with asexual reproduction.

Asexual Reproduction Games

Here, you will find games that make it fun for students to learn more about asexual reproduction.

Reproduction Cards

To play this game, you can make cards or have students make cards for each other. Make one set of cards for each of the following types of reproduction:

  • fission
  • budding
  • sporogenesis
  • fragmentation
  • parthenogenesis.

Color-code the cards by using different colored index cards or drawing a colored dot on the back to show which kind of reproduction each card is associated with.

Then, within each category, write one step of the process on each card. For example, fission cards might include the following steps:

  • Parent organism is one organism.
  • Nucleus of parent cell divides by mitosis.
  • Several nuclei are produced.
  • Cytoplasm separates.
  • Multiple offspring cells now exist.

To play, students should mix up the cards and then try to put them in the appropriate sequential order within each category. They can time themselves to try to do it quickly as well as accurately.

Animal Trivia

This is a game that focuses on examples of asexual reproduction in animals. Make five different categories for students to focus on, such as the hammerhead shark, the blacktip shark, the nine-banded armadillo, stick insects, or bdelloid rotifers.

Then, assign each student one of these animal categories and have them research at least three different pieces of trivia about the animal's asexual reproduction. Each student should create three different questions related to their animal.

Have students write their questions on large pieces of paper and tape them up on the wall around your classroom. Then, give students ten minutes to mill around and read each other's questions, attempting to write down as many right answers as they can. They are allowed to seek each other out for help.

The student with the most accurate answers after ten minutes is the winner!

Asexual Reproduction Activities

These activities will also help students continue their learning about asexual reproduction.

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