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This topic is about the changes that occur in all of us during the transition from childhood to sexual maturity (also known as puberty). We will try to gain an understanding of these changes. We will begin with a study of the reproductive systems of males and females. We will need to learn a great deal of scienctific terms for this unit. We will learn about the process of joining male and female sex cells (gametes) and the female menstrual cycle. We will study the process of birth and look at reproductive technologies that assist this process.

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Key words

Gamete, fusion, sperm, semen, ova, zygote, intercourse, fertilisation, puberty, genitals, testes, epidymis, prostate, seminal vesicle, vas deferens, ureter, urethra, cervix, clitoris, fallopian tube, labia, ovary, uterus, vagina, menstruation, embryo, fetus, placenta, gestation period, trimesters, hormones, umbilical cord, meiosis, haploid cell, diploid cell, menopause

Student work

Changes in Us 2011

Changes in Us 2010

Changes in Us 2009

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Inside Cells: Cells and Their Organelles

Label an animal cell and a plant cell.
Construct a table of key differences.
What is DNA? What does it do?
Question: "Do humans need to reproduce to continue the species?"

MITOSIS - cell division, for growth and repair
BrainPop - Mitosis
Cells alive animation


Meiosis & Mitosis

Male & Female Reproductive Organs

Reproductive organs of a flower
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Source: http://waynesword.palomar.edu/trmar98.htm

Do this interactive to remind you of how reproduction in angiosperms (flowering plants) works:


Baby Making

Assessment Task: A.R.T. The Art of Baby Making

BBC - Designer Babies BBC video

BrainPops - Adolescence, Puberty, Hormones, Period
Excellent flash animation of How "The Pill" works
"How the Pill works"

Select ONE type of birth control and create a 1-2minute pod cast!
- Type
- How it works
- How expensive/available is it
- How effective is it (eg. success rate at preventing fertilisation)
Birth Control

Adolescent pregnancy

World Population

As the world population continues to grow and life-expectancy continues to increase, there is concern that the Earth will not be able to sustain such growth.
The questions that arise here are; Does every human have the right to a child? Where which areas is human population mostly concentrated? Which countries have higher birth rates than other countries?

World population clock - Approx 7 billion human beings on planet Earth now. We are currently living beyond Earth's carrying capacity (how many humans it can support at our rate of resource use, resources include food, water, forest resources, etc). It is expected that the human population will increase to approximately 9 billion by 2015 - this is overshooting the capacity of Earth to support so many humans, and is expected to then reduce to 8.5 billion and then remain approximately constant.

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World Population Issues: How Many is Too Many?

Sustainable human carrying capacity

Here is a Graph of Human Population Growth ... what could be said about the trend in the graph since the industrial revolution...?
(Modern birth control methods began to develop in around the 1920's)
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What are some of the policies that aim to reduce the human population?

Do the Japanese face extinction?

Some countries, such as Japan and most European countries (eg. Norway, Italy) have very low birth rates. As their governments wish for their economies to continue to have new working force age people (approx 15-60), they wish for birth rates to be higher - that is, it is for mostly economic reasons. How do you feel about this? Should these countries have such policies to attract people to have children (eg. baby bonuses, cheaper childcare, paid maternity leave)?



IVF Patient Interview

Travelling overseas to get fertility treatments

http://www.jeopardylabs.com/play/in-the-beginning7 jeopardy revision game