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Teaching Resources

Adaptations of Insects and Other Arthropods

STEM Discipline


National Middle School Science Standards

Life Science 

Key Terms

entomology, arthropod, adaptations, niches, competition, life cycles

Key Concepts:  

  • Defining characteristics of arthropods
  • Adaptations of arthropods for survival
  • Life cycles of insects and other arthropods
  • Ecology of arthropods
  • Technology used by entomologists 

Resource Types:

Associated Experts

Honeybees at work in a hive at the National Museum of Natural History. Smithsonian photo by Rosa Pineda.Honeybees at work in a hive at the National Museum of Natural History. Smithsonian photo by Rosa Pineda.
Webcasts (video) and Podcasts (audio) Shows
Printable Lessons 
Online Activities

Middle School Level 


High School Level


Gifted Readers 



The Adaptations of Insects and Other Arthropods teaching resources support students in meeting the following middle school NGSS Performance Expectations:

Life Science


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.


Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
  • MS-LS4-3Analyze displays of pictorial data to compare patterns of similarities in the embryological development across multiple species to identify relationships not evident in the fully formed anatomy.
  • MS-LS4-4Construct an explanation based on evidence that describes how genetic variations of traits in a population increase some individuals' probability of surviving and reproducing in a specific environment.

All Q?rius Resources for These Standards

Close-up of Dan Babbitt in yellow shirt and black glasses holding a black goliath birdeater tarantula in his left palm.
Dan Babbitt
Former Manager of the O. Orkin Insect Zoo
Dr. Ted Schultz collecting ants in the field. Photo by Ana Jesovnik, Smithsonian.
Ted Schultz
Research Entomologist and Curator of Hymenoptera
Wide shot of entomologist Dr. David Furth in a room with dozens of open collection storage drawers with insect specimens.
David Furth
Former Entomology Collections Manager

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