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The Monarch Butterfly WebQuest

By Camille LoParrino
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"What type of environment would you need to keep Monarch butterflies safe and healthy while they are in your care?"

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Grade Levels: 1, 2, 3, 4

Curriculum Areas:
Focus: Science
Secondary: Technology

The Monarch Butterfly

Anatomy of a Butterfly, Diet of a Caterpillar and a Butterfly, Life Cycle of a Butterfly

This project will take one to four months.
Students will work together as researchers, scientists, and dieticians to help the Director of the Bronx Zoo develop a safe environment for Monarch butterflies. Students will learn the anatomy of the Monarch and Viceroy butterflies, the life cycles and diets of butterflies. When they have completed their research, they will work together to design a garden for the zoo with a place for each cycle of a butterfly, and a paragraph on how they prepared for the shipment of Monarchs.

Although I'll begin this project with first graders, I have very high expectations for their abilities. Whenever necessary I intend to provide the scaffolding they would need to build the steps of their knowledge about butterflies, specifically, the Monarch Butterfly.