Fetal Development Teacher Resources

How did we get here?

While the philosophical aspects of that question may have many answers, we do understand the biological facts of our existence. From our beginnings as humble zygotes to our first crying breaths, the start of a human life has many complex twists and turns.

Students can learn more about the ways cell divide and become embryos with an educational video or instructional app. If you’re discussing fetal development in a high school biology class, an engaging lesson gets the point across in a domain-specific and scientifically minded way.

Want to include a hands-on fetal pig dissection in biology? Check out a virtual dissection guide that can replace or augment a classroom fetal pig activity.

Younger learners can review their knowledge of the life cycle with an activity on the different developmental states of a human and a cheetah. They can also learn more about pregnancy and babies with a lesson designed for elementary students.

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Embryonic and Fetal Development

For Teachers 9th - 12th
At six months old, human neuron production ceases permanently. A scientific presentation introduces acrosomal reactions, sperm penetration, polyspermy, and the stages of fetal development. It continues with postnatal development, the...
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Fetal Development

For Teachers 9th - 12th
In vitro and sonogram pictures from four through thirty-seven weeks are shown in a slide show as music plays in the background. Baby and toddler pictures wrap up the presentation. Incredible imaging is captured and displayed in this...
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Human Reproduction: Fertilization and Fetal Development

For Teachers 9th - 12th
The journey of a fertilized egg is illustrated as it travels from the fallopian tube to the uterus. Cell division is explained and the miracle of life is shown.
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Reproduction, Day 2: Pregnancy

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Nearly all students have seen pregnant women and may have questions about human development. Intended for secondary students with mild to moderate mental disabilities, this lesson defines the process of pregnancy  in a developmentally...
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Do You See What I See?

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
In only nine months, a small group of cells grows into a fully developed baby. Pupils learn about the development of an embryo to a fetus to a baby. They identify each step of weekly development. Young scientists look at ultrasounds to...
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Stages of Fetal Development

For Teachers 10th
Tenth graders gain a better understanding of the biological processes of a fetus. They study step by step what occurs during a pregnancy.
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Animal Reproduction and Development

For Teachers 9th
Details of fertilization, cleavage, the placenta and fetal development are presented, along with important diagrams and illustrations. By using these slides, you and your students will generate discussion points, along with details...
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Reproductive System – Pregnancy and Development (Part 4)

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
A uterus grows to more than 500 times its original size over the course of a pregnancy. The 43rd video in a series of 47 focuses on pregnancy and embryo development. The narrator begins with fertilization, discussing cell divisions that...
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Human Embryo Development and Birth Defects

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Open this lesson with a discussion on birth defects. Break the class into groups to visit a website and learn about what happens at each stage of human embryo and fetal development. Assign each group a particular birth defect to...
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The Miracle of Life

For Students 5th - 8th
With this animated, storybook-style application, journey through the phenomenal processes of fertilization, gestation, and human development. 
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Skeletal System And External Body Development Of A Full Term Fetus

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Students explore the skeletal system and external body development of a full term fetus. In this biology lesson plan, students learn that growth of a full-term fetus' skeletal system and external body parts become more detailed and...
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Human Fetal Development Quiz

For Students 7th - 12th
In this human fetal development quiz activity, students complete an on-line quiz, clicking on questions and matching answers, scoring 1 point for each correct answer. A printed version is available.
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Human Reproductive System

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Teenagers take on the human reproductive systems when viewing this presentation. Labeled diagrams of each are displayed, along with one of a fetus in utero. Presented in bullet-point fashion are facts about the formation of sperm and egg...
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Regents High School Examination: Living Environment 2010

For Teachers 9th - 12th
This exam touches upon every topic within the typical first year biology course.. A broad variety of question styles give high schoolers every opportunity to show what they know. Why start from scratch when a comprehensive final exam is...
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Pregnancy, Day 1: The Developing Baby

For Teachers 9th - 10th
Twenty-six pages of good information about pregnancy. Pictures and descriptions describe the moment the sperm and egg unite, and there are worksheets that students can complete. This is a pretty comprehensive instructional activity for...
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Development Before Birth

For Students 9th - 12th
In this development worksheet, students review the process of fertilization in placental organisms. Students determine what trimester certain events take place in a fetus' development. This worksheet has 10 fill in the blank and 7...
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Human Sexuality (High School) - Lesson 7 / Conception

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Young scholars examine conception, fetal development, birth defects, including the risk factors of pregnancy and the birth process. They study the changes a woman's body endures during the different stages of pregnancy.
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Human Heredity Vocabulary

For Students 9th
Ninth graders review the terms "aneuploidy," "fetus," and "karyotype" in this vocabulary worksheet, which includes three multiple choice questions about each term. This activity could be expanded into a more developed vocabulary lesson...
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Pregnancy

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students discuss facts and myths associates with pregnancy and how conception can and cannot occur. They study fetal development and review terminology. They play a review game.
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The Female Reproductive System

For Teachers 9th - 12th
A slide presentation is shown while the structures and functions of female reproduction are covered with narration. Estrogen is treated with some detail as well. Learners can easily take notes following the outline on the screen. This...
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Drawing Stages

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers learn the different characteristics that a developing infant goes through during the weekly periods of each trimester, by drawing pictures of the fetus during each trimester.
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Amniocentesis

For Students 9th - 12th
In this birth defects activity, high schoolers read about how amniocentesis is used to detect abnormalities in a fetus. Then students complete 2 short answer questions.
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Human Embryonic Development

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
At what point in the fertilization process do stem cells turn into an embryo? Viewers observe the development of an embryo from egg to fertilization to development into a fetus. The narrator stresses the role of cell division,...
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Pregnancy, Day 3: Prenatal Health

For Teachers 9th - 10th
Focusing on prenatal health, this thorough resource provides discussion points about behaviors of the mother and of the father. It differentiates between controllable behaviors that help decrease problems with the developing fetus, and...

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