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Bought for Camp:
read Carboniferous book from
fossils from collection: horn coral, fern fossil
The Carboniferous Period is divided into two epochs. The older part of the Carboniferous Period is called the Mississippian and the younger part is called the Pennsylvanian.
Illinois state fossil "Tully monster" is from the Mississippian
and this thing is one of the coolest organisms of all time!
info from Aunt Carol + updated article claiming it was a vertebrate after all
with all that we know about the world before we got here, kids need to always keep in mind that most of this is still our best guess!
this is important because on this day our special guest will be visiting and his scientific research is all about challenging our existing notions of how and when and where life first formed on our planet
chalkboard drawing from Dinosaurs book
rock samples limestone & coal
Polar Ice Turns Shallow Sea to Swamps - review water cycle? The Drop in My Drink
early reptiles! it would be great if we could have a frog vs a turtle to look at and touch
giant dragonfly - always a fan fave - and the giant millipede
fern forest stencil
Ferns 12" x 12"
LOVE this fern needlepoint idea
FRIDAY PM - tell students that the name of the next period is "Carboniferous" and see if they can guess what it's famous for (especially since we live in Carbondale), read Carboniferous Period book and look at fossils, look at examples of limestone and coal, present the nicely organized 40 piece Washington School Collection of rocks & minerals, use the Washington School Student Rock Collection set of 40 small samples and let students try to identify each of their pieces, read The Drop in My Drink, read info from Illinois State Geological Survey (ISGS) GeoActivities Series binder ed. by Janis Treworgy about the Illinois state fossil (GeoBit 5: the "Tully monster") and then compare with updated article from Science News on April 30, 2016 stating that it was recently discovered to be a vertebrate, form Tully monsters (Tullimonstrum gregarium) using modeling beeswax, draw giant dragonflies and centipedes using pen and ink, then use fern stencil and green paint over the top to create a fern forest with oversized insect life lurking in it
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