I had a blast in Carbondale (thank you all)! People really responded to the time we spent thinking about how to explain concepts like arousal and orgasm. In the anatomy lesson of the curriculum we’ve been did this summer, I have similar explanations for explaining the reproductive parts of the body. I’m going to include the entire list here, but if the entire list is too overwhelming for your students choose 3-5 physiological parts to focus on per gender. I would recommend reading over the full WEB MD definitions of these terms (click here for the worksheet Body Part Functions)- you may come up with better explanations!
Some general ideas I try to convey…
- Women’s reproductive organs are inside the body and men’s are mostly outside the body.
- It’s a system of tubes, canals, and storage centers that connect to one another.
- They produce genetic information and try to bring it together.
Labia majora: Skin that protects the vulva
Labia minora: Skin that protects the opening to the vagina
Clitoris: Skin and nerves that cause pleasure
Vagina (birth canal): Connecting tube
Uterus: Where a baby grows
Ovaries: Holds the eggs (holds women’s genetic information).
Fallopian Tubes: Connects the ovaries and the uterus.
Scrotum: A tissue sack that holds the testes.
Testicles (testes): Produces sperm (men’s genetic information)
Epidermis: Where sperm mature
Vas deferens: Brings sperm to the urethra
Ejaculatory ducts: a connector.
Urethra: carries urine and semen out of the body
Seminal Vesicles & Prostate Gland: Produce sperm energy
Bulbourethral gland (Cowper’s glands): Produces lubricant (makes things slippery)