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Ch 16: Invertebrates - Middle School Life Science: Homeschool Curriculum

About This Chapter

The Invertebrates unit of this Middle School Life Science Homeschool course is designed to help homeschooled students learn about animals with no vertebral column. Parents can use the short videos to introduce topics, break up lessons and keep students engaged.

Who's it for?

This unit of our Middle School Life Science Homeschool course will benefit any student who is trying to learn about invertebrates. There is no faster or easier way to learn about life science. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who require an efficient, self-paced course of study to learn about worms, insects, millipedes, sponges and mollusks.
  • Homeschool parents looking to spend less time preparing lessons and more time teaching.
  • Homeschool parents who need a life science curriculum that appeals to multiple learning types (visual or auditory).
  • Gifted students and students with learning differences.

How it works:

  • Students watch a short, fun video lesson that covers a specific unit topic.
  • Students and parents can refer to the video transcripts to reinforce learning.
  • Short quizzes and an Invertebrates unit exam confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.

Invertebrates Unit Objectives:

  • Explore the features and classifications of creatures in the animal kingdom.
  • Get a basic overview of what invertebrates are.
  • See examples of ocean invertebrates.
  • Learn the differences among segmented, flat and round worms.
  • Discover the significance of mollusks.
  • Identify and learn the traits of echinoderms, such as sea cucumbers and starfish.
  • Analyze the characteristics and features of arthropods, including spiders and centipedes.
  • Examine how insects acquire food and reproduce, as well as their importance to the animal kingdom.

6 Lessons in Chapter 16: Invertebrates - Middle School Life Science: Homeschool Curriculum
Animal Body Plans: Classifications and Features

1. Animal Body Plans: Classifications and Features

The Animal Kingdom is diverse and complex. How do we make sense of it all? Scientists use body plans to classify and organize the animals of Earth, making it much easier to differentiate between them.

Invertebrates: Definition & Examples

2. Invertebrates: Definition & Examples

From bees to lobsters and octopi to cockroaches, invertebrates are everywhere. This lesson introduces them as a major group within biology and discusses their relationship with the human race.

Worms: Types & Features

3. Worms: Types & Features

You may not know this, but worms are everywhere. Many are so tiny that we can't see them crawling all over the place like we can earthworms. In this lesson, we'll learn about some of the different types of worms around us.

Mollusks: Characteristics & Types

4. Mollusks: Characteristics & Types

Do you like to eat seafood, hunt for seashells, or learn about scary sea creatures? If so, then you'll want to learn about the different types of mollusks, which include the tasty bivalves, the cool-looking gastropods, and the weird cephalopods.

Echinoderms: Traits, Types & Roles

5. Echinoderms: Traits, Types & Roles

After watching this lesson, you'll be well on your way to being an echinoderm expert! For example, you'll learn that sea cucumbers help clean up the ocean floor and that starfish can grow back any arms that are broken or damaged.

Arthropods: Definition, Characteristics & Types

6. Arthropods: Definition, Characteristics & Types

Arthropods are the most abundant animals on the planet. They fly, jump, swim, and crawl over just about every inch of the world. Learn about common types of arthropods and the characteristics they have in common.

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