Lesson Plan: Sperm Production Biology
This lesson plan includes the objectives, prerequisites, and exclusions of the lesson teaching students how to describe the structure of the transverse section of the testes and that of the seminiferous tubules and the process of sperm production.
Students will be able to
- state that the testes are composed of seminiferous tubules and describe their structure,
- recall that the interstitial cells in these tubules secrete testosterone and that the Sertoli cells secrete fluid,
- recall that diploid primary germ cells within the tubules (2n) divide to form haploid sperm cells (n),
- state the stages of spermatogenesis as multiplication, growth, maturation, and metamorphosis,
- describe the events that occur in each stage of sperm production, including the role of FSH.
Students should already be familiar with
- the structure and function of the male sex organs,
- sperm structure and function.
Students will not cover
- chromosome movements (stages in meiosis) other than meiosis I and II,
- secondary sex characteristics.