Fertilization and Pregnancy



Class begins by asking student how fertilization takes place (usually not many are able to answer this question) Students are divided into groups of 3 and given a fertilization kit. In this kit is a gum ball, 1 skittle, 1 gummy worm, 1 piece of licorice, and 1 doughnut. Each item represents a part of the fertilization process. The teacher circulates the room as they explain how fertilization occurs shows students how to utilize their kit to demonstrate this process. Information is presented on the fertilization process and students take notes, followed by a brief discussion of gestation periods (review from a previous lesson). As a review and students create a graphic organizer from their notes that contains details about the fertilization process. Additionally there is a short assessment piece for students to complete.

Lesson Time

1 class period
50 Minutes

Industries / Subjects / Grades

Industries / Pathways
  • Agriculture & Natural Resources Agriculture & Natural Resources

Standards and Objectives


California Academic Content Standards (2)
California's 2008 CTE Standards (3)

Related Instructional Objectives (SWBAT...)

  • Describe the process of reproduction and development including fertilization.
  • Describe gestation periods for several animals and describe management issues associated with pregnancy in animals
  • Define livestock parturition and describe dystocia

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