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Teaching Resources

Parasites and Parasitism

STEM Subject

Parasite and Host Associations

National Middle School Science Standards

Life Science, Earth Science

Key Terms:

parasite, parasitism, host, ecosystem, biomass, health

Key Concepts: 

  • Defining a parasite
  • Medical uses of parasites
  • Ecological roles of parasites
  • Value of parasite collections
  • Technology used by parasitologists

Resource Types:

Associated Experts

Beef tapeworm (Taenia saginata), whose larvae lurk in undercooked beef. Public domain image from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Beef tapeworm (Taenia saginata), whose larvae lurk in undercooked beef. Public domain image from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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RESOURCES ABOUT PARASITES AND PARASITISM

Chart of Ecological Relationships Galapagos Education on NSTA

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NEXT GENERATION SCIENCE STANDARDS (NGSS)

The Parasitism Teaching 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-LS2-4Construct 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

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Wide shot of zoologist Dr. Anna Phillips wearing a black sweater in front of a tree in the woods, holding leaches in her hand.
Anna Phillips
Zoologist and Curator of Annelids and Flatworms
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