Arthropod Animation: Millipede Breathing Tubes

Millipedes breathe through a series of tubes underneath their bodies. A short animation demonstrates the placement and function of these breathing tubes. Scholars build off this knowledge as they learn more about evolution, adaptation, and body plans.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Dissect millipedes in class
  • Debate why they evolved under their bodies rather than on top or on their heads
Classroom Considerations

  • Relies on prior knowledge of millipedes and exoskeletons

  • Designed to meet the Benchmarks for Science Literacy and the Next Generation Science Standards
  • Permits downloading if streaming is limited or not available

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