Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Biodiversity of Ocean Invertebrates


National Middle School Science Standards

Life Science

Key Terms

marine zoology, mid-water, pelagic, invertebrate, biodiversity, DNA barcoding, taxonomy

Key Concepts

  • Mid-water ecosystem biodiversity 
  • Distribution of mid-water animals 
  • Ecology and adaptations of ocean invertebrates 
  • Ocean biodiversity and its global importance 
  • Technology used by marine invertebrate zoologists 

Resource Types

Middle School Level

High School Level 

Advanced Reading Level

Invertebrate Zoology Subject Guide Smithsonian Libraries

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Life Science

The Biodiversity of Ocean Invertebrates teaching resources support students in meeting the following middle school NGSS Performance Expectations.

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-LS2-2 Construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms across multiple ecosystems.

  • MS-LS2-3 Develop a model to describe the cycling of matter and flow of energy among living and nonliving parts of an ecosystem.

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