The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland provides an introduction to reproductive health session known as the Cycle of Life at the Edinburgh Zoo. This is a follow-up resource to the Cycle of Life lesson.

Lesson Outline:

The lesson begins with a walkabout tour to visit some of our animals.  This highlights the differences between males and females, the changes that take place as animals develop sexual maturity, the life cycles of birds and mammals and the differences in family structure and parental care. During the tour, children are challenged to observe particular features of each animal to keep them thoroughly engaged.

The lesson then moves into the Education Centre to re-cap on the learning points already covered and to focus on mate selection, reproduction and birth. This includes still images of an elephant embryo developing in the womb, and a short video of an elephant giving birth. Children are also encouraged to consider the human life cycle and to ask questions.

 

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