Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Adaptations of Insects and Other Arthropods


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

Smithsonian Science How

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Entomology Subject Guide Smithsonian Libraries

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

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

Life Science

MS-LS2 Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics

  • MS-LS2-1 Analyze 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-LS4-3 Analyze 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-LS4-4 Construct 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.

Resource Type
Subject Guides
Grade Level
Learning Standards
Next Generation Science Standards
Life Science