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Living Systems

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Science +1 Age Level Primary (5 to 8 years old)

Diverse living organisms fill our planet with beauty and wonder.  Plants, animals and many other creatures may seem to exist on their own, when in reality they are interdependent with the world that surrounds them, living and non-living.  Co-existing with other plants, animals, and man, each living organism is part of a grand, intricately woven web and system that allows for the flow of energy, food and life. Producers, consumers, predators and prey play vital roles in sustaining life on Earth.  This collection provides the opportunity to consider how each organism affects others. A Harvard University Project Zero routine has been included.

Chapter 3: The Sun (in AUDIO ONLY)

Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory

See/Think/Wonder: Project Zero Visible Thinking Routine

SI Center for Learning and Digital Access

Tall Fescue, Grass

NMNH - Education & Outreach

Rubus argutus Link

NMNH - Botany Dept.

Pinus virginiana

Smithsonian Gardens

Juniperus virginiana L.

NMNH - Botany Dept.

Oyster

NMNH - Education & Outreach

Northern Quahog, Clam shell

NMNH - Education & Outreach

Bluish Spring Moth

NMNH - Education & Outreach

Frog, Panama, STRI

Smithsonian Institution Archives

Striped Bass

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Crotalus horridus

NMNH - Vertebrate Zoology - Herpetology Division

37c Ornate Box Turtle single

National Postal Museum

Skin & Bones - Animal Life: Eastern Box Turtle

National Museum of Natural History

42c White-footed Mouse single

National Postal Museum

Untitled (rabbit in raspberry patch)

Smithsonian American Art Museum

22c Raccoon single

National Postal Museum

Untitled (egret in nest with young)

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Great Egret

Smithsonian Institution Archives

Vulture and Its Prey

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Bald Eagle

Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center

22c White-tailed Deer single

National Postal Museum

North American White-tailed Deer

Smithsonian Institution Archives

22c Black Bear single

National Postal Museum

Food Web, from the suite World in a Box

Smithsonian American Art Museum