Lesson Plan: Types of Reproduction Science

This lesson plan includes the objectives, prerequisites, and exclusions of the lesson teaching students how to describe the defining features of asexual and sexual reproduction and compare the genetic variation of the offspring produced.


Students will be able to

  • recall that organisms can reproduce sexually or asexually to pass on characteristics to their offspring,
  • recall that asexual reproduction only requires one individual, whereas sexual reproduction requires two,
  • compare and contrast the genetic variation of offspring produced by asexual and sexual reproduction.


Students should already be familiar with

  • the concept that organisms reproduce to create offspring.


Students will not cover

  • detailed examples of asexual reproduction (e.g., binary fission, budding, and parthenogenesis),
  • the details of cell division by mitosis or meiosis,
  • how gametes are fertilized.

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