Skip to main content

Teaching Resources

Deep Sea Urchins and Other Echinoderms

STEM Discipline

Invertebrate Zoology

National Middle School Science Standards

Life Science, Earth Science

Key Terms

marine biodiversity, echinoderm, sea star, sea urchin, deep sea, ocean exploration

Key Concepts:  

  • Characteristics of echinoderms
  • Seafloor ecology
  • Biodiversity of echinoderms  
  • History of deep ocean discovery  
  • Technology used by marine zoologists 

 

Resource Types:

New species of sea cucumber found 1,358 feet deep, and named Ovalidota milleri by Zoologist Dave Pawson. Smithsonian image.New species of sea cucumber found 1,358 feet deep, and named Ovalidota milleri by Zoologist Dave Pawson. Smithsonian image.
Divider
  • Echinodermata Retouched file from 1921 Hubert Lyman Clark publication
Divider

NEXT GENERATION SCIENCE STANDARDS (NGSS)

The Deep Sea Discovery of Echinoderms resources support students in meeting the following middle school NGSS Performance Expectations.

Life Science

MS-LS2

Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
  • MS-LS2-1Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.
  • MS-LS2-2Construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms across multiple ecosystems.
  • MS-LS2-3Develop a model to describe the cycling of matter and flow of energy among living and nonliving parts of an ecosystem.
  • MS-LS2-4Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.
Earth Science

MS-ESS3

Earth and Human Activity
  • MS-ESS3-4Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth's systems.

All Q?rius Resources for These Standards

MS-LS2, MS-ESS3

Welcome! Please take a short survey:

Click to select a number