Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

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

Entomology Subject Guide Smithsonian Libraries

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-LS2-1 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-LS4-2 Apply 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-LS4-4 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