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August 21

Monarch butterflies begin their migration in the fall.

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Monarch butterflies begin their migration in the fall.

Grades K – 6
Calendar Activity Type Holiday & School Celebration

 

EVENT DESCRIPTION

 

 

Every fall, monarch butterflies in North America travel south for the winter. Unable to survive in cold temperatures, monarch butterflies west of the Rocky Mountains travel to forests in Calfornia and those east of the Rockies travel to Mexico.

 

CLASSROOM ACTIVITY

 

 

After exploring the way that monarch butterflies react to the change of seasons, have students complete an inquiry study to examine other ways that animals (and humans) change because of the seasons. Remember that changes are not limited to moving from one geographic area to another. Some animals stay in the same area, but change physically.

Using the ReadWriteThink Printing Press, invite students to develop and publish a class anthology of animal changes or a "survival guide" to show how animals face the change of seasons.

 

WEBSITES

 

 
  • Monarch Watch

    This website developed by the University of Kansas Entomology Program tracks the migration of monarch butterflies and includes links to a variety of related educational resources.

     

  • Monarchs and Migration

    This Science Museum of Minnesota site invites students and families to join in on an investigation of the migration of the butterflies.

     

  • Monarch Butterflies

    This page from the University of Kentucky Entomology Department offers images and information about the monarch butterfly.

     

  • Journey North: Monarch Butterfly

    Part of the Journey North project, this page follows the spring migration of monarchs each year and allows students to report monarch sightings. Also offered are lessons, questions and answers, and additional information about monarchs.

     

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