A two-part lesson that was created specifically with summer school or homeschool students in mind. It is hands-on and student-driven with a field trip element. Students use a coloring book to guide them through the life cycle of monarchs and their interactions with milkweeds. Although this lesson is designed for "elementary" students depending on the age and ability of your students you may need to adjust wording, provide more resources or expand on topics to make it a bit more challenging.
This lesson is part of a larger project happening at the Biodiversity Insitute in which they are seeking to gather more information on Monarchs here in Wyoming through a citizen science initiative.
What is the unique story of Monarchs? What can we learn about Monarchs in Wyoming?
At the end of this lesson students will be able to;
At the end of this lesson, you will be able to assess students through their complete coloring book, field notes on monarchs and milkweed, and the creation of a butterfly garden.
Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive.
Use a model to represent the relationship between the needs of different plants and animals (including humans)and places they live.
Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of different habitats.
Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.
Obtain and combine information about ways individual communities use science ideas to protect the Earth's resources and environment.
SC4.1.1 Characteristics of Organisms
Students describe observable characteristics of living things, including structures that serve specific functions and everyday behaviors.
Lesson design: Kim Mapp
Graphic design: Jaci Henion
Monarch report from the Xerces Society
Monarch Lab: University of Minnesota