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Exploring Fossil Ammonoids

This collection can be used as a pre- and post-resource to support the free Smithsonian Science How webcast, Exploring Fossil Ammonoids with Paleobiologist Lucy Chang. During the 30-minute program, your students will have an opportunity to interact with the scientist through live Q&A and polls. 

This collection contains objects from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. Many of the specimens in this collection are fossil ammonoids, but other mollusks are included for comparison. Also included in the collection is a companion worksheet for students (with teacher key) to express their newly gained knowledge about ammonoids.  

Ammonoids are an extinct group of marine mollusks that belong to the subclass Ammnoidea and the class Cephalopoda. A popular and well-known subgroup of ammonoids are ammonites. The closest living relatives of ammonoids are also cephalopods like squids, octopods, and cuttlefish, while the modern nautilus is more distantly related.   

Ammonoids had shells made of calcium carbonate just like today’s snails, clams, oysters, and other shelled mollusks. Ammonoid shells varied in shape and size. Some ammonoids had tightly coiled shells (planispiral), while others had uncoiled, irregularly shaped shells (heteromorphs). Regardless of shape or size, the shell provided the ammonoid with protection and possibly camouflage. 


Ammonoid shells had interior walls (septa) that created chambers inside of the shell. These chambers were connected by a narrow tube structure called a siphuncle. The ammonoid could use the siphuncle to control the amount of gas and fluid in each chamber, giving it the ability to achieve neutral buoyancy and move about in the marine environment.  


Although ammonoid shells are abundant in the fossil record, there is an extremely poor record of their soft parts being preserved or fossilized. Based off of their relationships to mollusks alive today, ammonoids likely had bodies that were soft. The animal would have lived exclusively in the last chamber of its shell with numerous arms extending in a ring around its mouth, eating plankton and detritus, dead or decaying matter. Scientists study the shapes and patterns of ammonoid shells and related species, fossil and modern, to learn about the extinct animal.  


Ammonoids lived around the globe and were present on earth for a very long time, about 350 million years. The entire group went extinct at the end of the Cretaceous, about 66 million years ago, along with the dinosaurs.  


The abundance of ammonoids in the fossil record and their long history on earth make them good fossils to study. Geologists use ammonoid fossils as guide or index fossils, helping to date the rock layers from which the fossils were found. Paleobiologists can use fossil ammonoids to learn about patterns of extinction and glean information about the group's evolutionary history.

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Mary Vaux Walcott, Artist

"Sometimes I feel that I can hardly wait till the time comes to escape from city life, to the free air of the everlasting hills." -Mary Vaux Walcott, Letters to Charles Walcott, Feb 19, 1912.

This collection contains personal selections from the nearly 800 botanical illustrations by Mary Walcott held at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. 

From Wikipedia (March 5, 2019): Mary Morris Vaux[a] was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to a wealthy Quaker family. After graduating from the Friends Select School in Philadelphia in 1879, she took an interest in watercolor painting. When she was not working on the family farm, she began painting illustrations of wildflowers that she saw on family trips to the Rocky Mountains of Canada.[3] During the family summer trips, she and her brothers studied mineralogy and recorded the flow of glaciers in drawings and photographs.[4] The trips to the Canadian Rockies sparked her interest in geology.[3]

In 1880, at the age of nineteen, Vaux took on the responsibility of caring for her father and two younger brothers when her mother died.[5] After 1887, she and her brothers went back to western Canada almost every summer. During this time she became an active mountain climber, outdoors woman, and photographer. Asked one summer to paint a rare blooming arnica by a botanist, she was encouraged to concentrate on botanical illustration.[4] She spent many years exploring the rugged terrain of the Canadian Rockies to find important flowering species to paint. On these trips, Vaux became the first women to accomplish the over 10,000 feet ascent of Mount Stephen.[6] In 1887, on her first transcontinental trip via rail, she wrote an engaging travel journal of the family's four-month trek through the American West and the Canadian Rockies.[7]

Over her father's fierce objections, Mary Vaux married the paleontologist Charles Doolittle Walcott, who was the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, in 1914, when she was 54. She played an active part in her husband's projects, returning to the Rockies with him several times and continuing to paint wildflowers. In 1925, the Smithsonian published some 400 of her illustrations, accompanied by brief descriptions, in a five-volume work entitled North American Wild Flowers. In Washington, Mary became a close friend of First Lady Lou Henry Hoover[5] and raised money to erect the Florida Avenue Meeting House, so that the first Quaker President and his wife would have a proper place to worship. From 1927 to 1932, Mary Vaux Walcott served on the federal Board of Indian Commissioners and, driven by her chauffeur, traveled extensively throughout the American West, diligently visiting reservations.

When she was 75, she made her first trip abroad to Japan to visit lifelong friend and fellow Philadelphia Quaker, Mary Elkington Nitobe, who had married Japanese diplomat Inazo Nitobe.

She was elected president of the Society of Woman Geographers in 1933. In 1935, the Smithsonian published Illustrations of North American Pitcher-Plants, which included 15 paintings by Walcott. Following the death of her husband in 1927, Walcott established the Charles Doolittle Walcott Medal in his honor. It is awarded for scientific work on pre-Cambrian and Cambrian life and history. Walcott died in St. Andrews, New Brunswick.[3]

#fivewomenartists #5womenartists #BecauseOfHerStory

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Living Things: Parts and Purposes

This collection reinforces the question:

How do the parts of plants and animals help them to grow and survive? 

Students will look for patterns as they observe various plant and animal artifacts to determine the necessary parts for living organisms.

The visible thinking routine of "parts, purposes and complexities" will be at the center of this collection as we analyze the needs of plants and animals and how their parts satisfy those needs.  While we took a deep dive into just a couple of the living things, I've included a few other artifacts for educator choice.  

This collection also utilizes the See, Think, Wonder routine to help pique student interest, build student engagement and introduce the concept of parts and purposes of living things.  

*I paired this lesson with a real world observation of a plant to observe, examine and describe the function of plant parts.


#PZPGH

Katie Richter
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Posters, Pins & Postage for a Cause

Analyze selected images and discuss:

  • What is the cause or social issue?
  • How has the artist/designer combined text and image to communicate a message?
  • What visual qualities make an image effective or not?

Jean-Marie Galing
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Highlights Collection: Skyscraper Design

This is a Smithsonian Learning Lab topical collection, which contains images, text, and other multimedia resources that may complement the Tween Tribune feature, Move over, steel: The high rises of tomorrow are "plyscrapers." Use these resources to introduce or augment your study of this topic. If you want to personalize this collection by changing or adding content, click the Sign Up link above to create a free account.  If you are already logged in, click the copy button to initiate your own version. Learn more here


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Highlights Collection: Invention and Innovation

This is a Smithsonian Learning Lab topical collection, which contains images, text, and other multimedia resources that may complement the Tween Tribune feature, How a children's toy could help fight malaria. Use these resources to introduce or augment your study of this topic. If you want to personalize this collection by changing or adding content, click the Sign Up link above to create a free account.  If you are already logged in, click the copy button to initiate your own version. Learn more here

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Highlights Collection: Traditional Dance Videos

This is a Smithsonian Learning Lab topical collection, which contains images, text, and other multimedia resources that may complement the Tween Tribune feature, Misty Copeland is bringing "Ballet Across America." Use these resources to introduce or augment your study of this topic. If you want to personalize this collection by changing or adding content, click the Sign Up link above to create a free account.  If you are already logged in, click the copy button to initiate your own version. Learn more here

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National Candy Month: Highlights Collection

This is a Smithsonian Learning Lab topical collection, which contains images, text, recordings, and other multimedia resources that may complement the Tween Tribune feature, Tootsie Rolls were WWII energy bars. Use these resources to introduce or augment your study of this topic. If you want to personalize this collection by changing or adding content, click the Sign Up link above to create a free account.  If you are already logged in, click the copy button to initiate your own version. Learn more here

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Martin Luther King, Jr.: Highlights Collection

This is a Smithsonian Learning Lab topical collection, which contains images, text, recordings, and other multimedia resources that may complement the Tween Tribune feature, Martin Luther King, Jr. found inspiration in Henry David Thoreau. Use these resources to introduce or augment your study of this topic. If you want to personalize this collection by changing or adding content, click the Sign Up link above to create a free account.  If you are already logged in, click the copy button to initiate your own version. Learn more here

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Saving Wildlife: Highlights Collection

This is a Smithsonian Learning Lab topical collection, which may contain images, text, and other multimedia resources that complement this Tween Tribune issue. Use these resources to introduce or augment your study of this topic. If you want to personalize this collection, visit the Learning Lab homepage (learninglab.si.edu) and sign up for a free account. This will allow you to copy the collection and adapt it for your own purposes. Learn more here: https://learninglab.si.edu/create

Tags: conservation; endangered species; extinct; national zoo; frog; panama; andean bear; oryx; coral; elephant; bison; cheetah; panda; webinar; expert; article

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Native American Craftsmanship: Highlights Collection

This is a Smithsonian Learning Lab topical collection, which contains images, text, and other multimedia resources that may complement the Tween Tribune feature, Native American art will now be part of the Met's American Wing. Use these resources to introduce or augment your study of this topic. If you want to personalize this collection by changing or adding content, click the Sign Up link above to create a free account.  If you are already logged in, click the copy button to initiate your own version. Learn more here

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Immigration in America: Highlights Collection

This is a Smithsonian Learning Lab topical collection, which contains images, text, and other multimedia resources that may complement the Tween Tribune feature, The origin of the Coney Island hot dog is a uniquely American story. Use these resources to introduce or augment your study of this topic. If you want to personalize this collection by changing or adding content, click the Sign Up link above to create a free account.  If you are already logged in, click the copy button to initiate your own version. Learn more here

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Fossils: Highlights Collection

This is a Smithsonian Learning Lab topical collection, which contains images, video, text, and multimedia resources that may complement the Tween Tribune feature, Giving fossils a facelift. Use these resources to introduce or augment your study of this topic. If you want to personalize this collection by changing or adding content, click the Sign Up link above to create a free account.  If you are already logged in, click the copy button to initiate your own version. Learn more here

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Political Postcards: Highlights Collection

This is a Smithsonian Learning Lab topical collection, which contains images, text, and other multimedia resources that may complement a Tween Tribune feature, Whale mail is the new snail mail at the world's first underwater post office. Use these resources to introduce or augment your study of this topic. If you want to personalize this collection by changing or adding content, click the Sign Up link above to create a free account.  If you are already logged in, click the copy button to initiate your own version. Learn more here

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National Breakfast Month: Highlights Collection

This is a Smithsonian Learning Lab topical collection, which contains images, text, and other multimedia resources that may complement the Tween Tribune feature 3D print your own breakfast, Use these resources to introduce or augment your study of this topic. If you want to personalize this collection by changing or adding content, click the Sign Up link above to create a free account.  If you are already logged in, click the copy button to initiate your own version. Learn more here.

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Video Resources in American Sign Language: Highlights Collection

This is a Smithsonian Learning Lab topical collection, which contains images, text, and other multimedia resources that may complement the Tween Tribune feature, How cool new words are added to American Sign Language. Use these resources to introduce or augment your study of this topic. If you want to personalize this collection by changing or adding content, click the Sign Up link above to create a free account.  If you are already logged in, click the copy button to initiate your own version. Learn more here.


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African American Art: Highlights Collection

This is a Smithsonian Learning Lab topical collection, which contains images, text, recordings, and other multimedia resources that may complement the Tween Tribune feature, The most notorious poet in 18th century America was an enslaved teenager you've never heard of. Use these resources to introduce or augment your study of this topic. If you want to personalize this collection by changing or adding content, click the Sign Up link above to create a free account.  If you are already logged in, click the copy button to initiate your own version. Learn more here

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Winter Olympics: Highlights Collection

This is a Smithsonian Learning Lab topical collection, which contains images, text, recordings, and other multimedia resources that may complement the Tween Tribune feature, Four Olympic stadiums with unexpected afterlives. Use these resources to introduce or augment your study of this topic. If you want to personalize this collection by changing or adding content, click the Sign Up link above to create a free account.  If you are already logged in, click the copy button to initiate your own version. Learn more here

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Think Blue: Fish

Esta é uma coleção de recursos do Smithsonian Learning Lab sobre peixes tropicais desenvolvida para Think Blue e Virtual Educa 2018. Explorais essa coleção rolando sobre cada imagem para ver o título do recurso e clique em qualquer imagem para ver mais informações sobre o recurso. Para ver outras coleções do Think Blue, visite esta página.

This is a Smithsonian Learning Lab collection of resources about tropical fish developed for Think Blue and Virtual Educa 2018.  Explore this collection by scrolling over each image to see the resource’s title, and click on any image to see more information about the resource.  To view other Think Blue collections, visit this page.

Esta es una colección de recursos del Smithsonian Learning Lab sobre peces tropicales desarrollada para Think Blue y Virtual Educa 2018. Exploráis esta colección desplazándose sobre cada imagen para ver el título del recurso, y haga clic en cualquier imagen para ver más información sobre el recurso. Para ver otras colecciones de Think Blue, visite esta página.

#ThinkBlue

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Think Blue: Fish X-Rays

Esta é uma coleção de recursos do Smithsonian Learning Lab sobre radiografias de peixes desenvolvida para Think Blue e Virtual Educa 2018. Explorais essa coleção rolando sobre cada imagem para ver o título do recurso e clique em qualquer imagem para ver mais informações sobre o recurso. Para ver outras coleções do Think Blue, visite esta página.

This is a Smithsonian Learning Lab collection of resources about fish x-rays developed for Think Blue and Virtual Educa 2018.  Explore this collection by scrolling over each image to see the resource’s title, and click on any image to see more information about the resource.  To view other Think Blue collections, visit this page.

Esta es una colección de recursos del Smithsonian Learning Lab sobre radiografías de peces desarrollada para Think Blue y Virtual Educa 2018. Exploráis esta colección desplazándose sobre cada imagen para ver el título del recurso, y haga clic en cualquier imagen para ver más información sobre el recurso. Para ver otras colecciones de Think Blue, visite esta página.

#ThinkBlue

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Think Blue: Algae

Esta é uma coleção de recursos do Smithsonian Learning Lab sobre algas desenvolvida para Think Blue e Virtual Educa 2018. Explorais essa coleção rolando sobre cada imagem para ver o título do recurso e clique em qualquer imagem para ver mais informações sobre o recurso. Para ver outras coleções do Think Blue, visite esta página.

This is a Smithsonian Learning Lab collection of resources about algae developed for Think Blue and Virtual Educa 2018.  Explore this collection by scrolling over each image to see the resource’s title, and click on any image to see more information about the resource.  To view other Think Blue collections, visit this page.

Esta es una colección de recursos del Smithsonian Learning Lab sobre algas desarrollada para Think Blue y Virtual Educa 2018. Exploráis esta colección desplazándose sobre cada imagen para ver el título del recurso, y haga clic en cualquier imagen para ver más información sobre el recurso. Para ver otras colecciones de Think Blue, visite esta página.

#ThinkBlue

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Think Blue: Transportation

Esta é uma coleção de recursos do Smithsonian Learning Lab sobre transporte aquaviário desenvolvida para Think Blue e Virtual Educa 2018. Explorais essa coleção rolando sobre cada imagem para ver o título do recurso e clique em qualquer imagem para ver mais informações sobre o recurso. Para ver outras coleções do Think Blue, visite esta página.

This is a Smithsonian Learning Lab collection of resources about water transportation developed for Think Blue and Virtual Educa 2018.  Explore this collection by scrolling over each image to see the resource’s title, and click on any image to see more information about the resource.  To view other Think Blue collections, visit this page.

Esta es una colección de recursos del Smithsonian Learning Lab sobre transporte acuático desarrollada para Think Blue y Virtual Educa 2018. Exploráis esta colección desplazándose sobre cada imagen para ver el título del recurso, y haga clic en cualquier imagen para ver más información sobre el recurso. Para ver otras colecciones de Think Blue, visite esta página.

#ThinkBlue

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Think Blue: Fishing

Esta é uma coleção de recursos do Smithsonian Learning Lab sobre pescaria desenvolvida para Think Blue e Virtual Educa 2018. Explorais essa coleção rolando sobre cada imagem para ver o título do recurso e clique em qualquer imagem para ver mais informações sobre o recurso. Para ver outras coleções do Think Blue, visite esta página.

This is a Smithsonian Learning Lab collection of resources about fishing developed for Think Blue and Virtual Educa 2018.  Explore this collection by scrolling over each image to see the resource’s title, and click on any image to see more information about the resource.  To view other Think Blue collections, visit this page.

Esta es una colección de recursos del Smithsonian Learning Lab sobre la pesca desarrollada para Think Blue y Virtual Educa 2018. Exploráis esta colección desplazándose sobre cada imagen para ver el título del recurso, y haga clic en cualquier imagen para ver más información sobre el recurso. Para ver otras colecciones de Think Blue, visite esta página.

#ThinkBlue

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Think Blue: Bleached Coral

Esta é uma coleção de recursos do Smithsonian Learning Lab sobre branqueamento de corais desenvolvida para Think Blue e Virtual Educa 2018. Explorais essa coleção rolando sobre cada imagem para ver o título do recurso e clique em qualquer imagem para ver mais informações sobre o recurso. Para ver outras coleções do Think Blue, visite esta página.

This is a Smithsonian Learning Lab collection of resources about coral bleaching developed for Think Blue and Virtual Educa 2018.  Explore this collection by scrolling over each image to see the resource’s title, and click on any image to see more information about the resource.  To view other Think Blue collections, visit this page.

Esta es una colección de recursos del Smithsonian Learning Lab sobre decoloración de corales desarrollada para Think Blue y Virtual Educa 2018. Exploráis esta colección desplazándose sobre cada imagen para ver el título del recurso, y haga clic en cualquier imagen para ver más información sobre el recurso. Para ver otras colecciones de Think Blue, visite esta página.

#ThinkBlue

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