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In this lesson, students will contrast methods of sexual and asexual reproduction in various organisms. Students will:

  • compare sexual and asexual reproduction.
  • explain the reproduction methods of asexual and sexual organisms.
  • research and describe various kinds of reproduction in diverse living things.

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  • Asexual Reproduction: One parent produces offspring that are genetically identical to the parent.
  • Chromosome: A condensed strand of DNA in the cells of all organisms.
  • Egg: Female sex cell.
  • Fertilization: The joining of male and female sex cells to form a new organism.
  • Gamete: Sex cell; also called germ cell.
  • Gene: Part of a chromosome that carries genetic information that determines the characteristics that organisms can inherit from their parents.
  • Offspring: New organism that results from asexual or sexual reproduction.
  • Sexual Reproduction: The joining of a female egg and a male sperm to produce offspring; two parents are involved; offspring are genetically different from each parent.
  • Sperm: Male sex cell.


90 minutes/2 class periods

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