Unit 10: Growth, Reproduction, and Genetics
June 4 to 6, 2012


Biologically, one of every organisms' main function in life is to reproduce more of its kind and nurture the offspring towards independence.  The parts and processes involved in reproduction and parenting are just as intricate as the rest of the human body, but also involve social, personal, and moral issues.  Questions and discussion will guide much of the content on reproductive anatomy and puberty.  Our study of genetics is basic, but detailed enough to provide a good foundation for later study. 


For 8th grade, two videos will provide the springboard for discussion.  They are linked below.


Life's Greatest Miracle:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?p=PLD0CE08D7B25F242B


Teen Dreams:
First 15 minutes, second 15 minutes, final 15 minutes


Videos or Programs for other grades:
Lockie


The videos address the biology of reproduction but the students' questions will likely delve into moral questions, cultural norms, and personal beliefs. (On Monday I can show you the questions that my 7th graders asked). My default attitude is to answer (if I am comfortable) as objectively as possible and to facilitate class discussion.


Typical categories of questions or discussions:
  1. Female reproductive anatomy (external, internal, changes @ puberty, variations)
    -vulva, labia, clitoris, hymen, vagina, cervix, fallopian tubes, ovaries
  2. Male reproductive anatomy (external, internal, changes @ puberty, variations)
    -testicle, epididymus, vas deferens, Cowpers, prostate, seminal vesicle, urethra, erectile tissue, penis, foreskin, circumcision
  3. Acne and skin health
    -epidermis, dermis, sweat gland, oil (sebacious) gland, hairs, erector muscle
  4. Puberty
  5. Menstrual cycle
  6. Wet dreams
  7. Breast development
  8. Masturbation
  9. Pregnancy and birth
  10. Birth control
  11. The media (magazines, sites, pornography, discussion boards)
  12. Privacy, trust, and social issues
  13. Sexuality, asexuality, and the diversity of sexual expression & identity
  14. Sexually transmitted diseases
  15. And a billion "what if?" questions
Resources:






Below is the curriculum from my HGD unit for 7th grade life science.

Day

Date

Today's Topic and Activities

Assignment

1

5/20
Wed
Introduction & Attitude
1. Atmosphere and attitudes
2. BBC Teen Dreams video

Questions to survey site

2

5/21
Thur
Range Topics of the Unit
1.  What is Normal survey
2.  Finish teen dreams video
Questions to survey site

3

5/22
Fri
What is Normal
1.   Statistical curves of 'normal'
2.  Data from previous year

[1]
What is Normal?

4

5/26
Tues

 

5

5/27
Wed

 

6

5/28
Thurs

 

7

5/29
Fri
Male Anatomy (day 1)
1. Reproductive parts
2. Spermatogenesis & Ejaculation

8

6/1
Mon
Female Anatomy (day 1)
1.  Life's Greatest Miracle video
2.  Ovulation & Menstruation

[3]
Female Anatomy & Track 69629

9

6/2
Tues
Female Anatomy (day 2)
1. Events and stages
2. 
"Then One Year" video

Read BugEye 174-179

10

6/3
Wed
Puberty
1. 
2.  Remaining questions

[5]
Basic Genetics (1200k)

11

6/4
Thurs
Genetic Principles
1.  Mendel's experiments & results
2.  Punnett squares

[6]
Genetic Disorders Track

12

6/5
Fri
Incomplete Dominance
1. Blending of traits
2. Intro to genetic disorders

[7]
Sex-Linked Traits (120k)

 13

 6/8
Mon
Genetic Disorders and S.L.T.'s
1.  Errors on the X chromo
2.  Colorblind, hemophilia, baldness

Bobcat on Genetics

14

6/9
Tues
Unit Test & Packet
1.  75 questions, 25 points
2.  Test and corrections

none

Unused Items

Kid Book

Normal (answers)

 

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