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Spiders as Predators

STEM Subject

Spiders as Predators

National Middle School Science Standards

Life Science

Key Terms:

spider, adaptation, predator, prey, arthropod 

Key Concepts:

  • Characteristics of spiders
  • Spider feeding relationships
  • Predator adaptations 
  • Diversity of spiders
  • Technology used by zoologists

Resource Types:

Associated Experts

This assassin spider (family Archaeidae) is an active hunter that preys on other spiders with its impressive, piercing jaws. Photo by Hannah Wood, Smithsonian.This assassin spider (family Archaeidae) is an active hunter that preys on other spiders with its impressive, piercing jaws. Photo by Hannah Wood, Smithsonian.
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Webcasts (video) and Podcasts (audio) Shows
Printable Lessons
Online Activities
Science Literacy Resources
Posters and Worksheets
  •  Spiders University of California Integrated Pest Management System
Websites
Videos
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NEXT GENERATION SCIENCE STANDARDS (NGSS)


The Spiders as Predators 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-LS4

Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
    MS-LS4-2Apply scientific ideas to construct an explanation for the anatomical similarities and differences among modern organisms and between modern and fossil organisms to infer evolutionary relationships.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

MS-LS2MS-LS4

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Zoologist Dr. Jon Coddington in a gray jacket holding a giant isopod. Other storage shelves in his lab are behind him.
Jonathan Coddington
Zoologist and Curator of Arachnids and Myriapods
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