Unit 5: Comparative Reproduction

Unit Description 
Reproduction and development are necessary for the continuation of any species, and as such all species have unique but related strategies for reproduction. In this unit, students learn about continuity and diversity of life in a variety organisms, including humans, and use their findings to discern evolutionary relationships. Exploring print texts, visuals, and hands-on experiences, students compare the mechanisms through which different living things reproduce, with a focus on comparisons to human reproduction.

Unit Essential Questions

  • Why do organisms have different types of reproductive strategies? 
  • How can comparing reproductive strategies provide us with evidence for the evolution of all life? 
  • How are humans uniquely suited for the reproductive demands of our species?

Key Lab Components 

5E Instructional Model Plans 
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