Learning From Monarchs: A Teachers' Handbook

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There are as many ways to use monarchs in the classroom as there are teachers interested in giving it a try. Monarchs offer a compelling introduction to insect life cycles, the intricacies ecosystems and food webs, and the balance of nature. They can be the focus of a profound inquiry science project, complete with math and graphing skills, which can connect students with an international community of citizen scientists.

They can also be an exciting journaling theme, a catalyst for understanding geography and human culture, a dynamic study in ethics and a wonderful subject for art and design.

This text is intended as a starting point for teachers interested in using monarchs in their classrooms. It introduces concepts and information that will be useful as you design your own monarch lessons.

About the Author
All of her life, Ba Rea has been passionate about about the natural world - enjoying, investigating, learning and sharing what she discovers. Ba has researched, drawn, photographed and written about many different plants, animals and natural phenomena. She has worked with a wide variety of organizations, including the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania, Maine Audubon, Audubon Society of New Hampshire, Monarchs in the Classroom, Lifestrands, Ridge2000, Wings of Wonder, ASSET, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Frick Environmental Center, the Pittsburgh Children's Museum, and the Anita Purves Nature Center in Urbana, Illinois. Her favorite creatures are monarch butterflies, but praying mantids, toads, American eels, puffins, and whales are all close contenders! Ba has been raising and releasing monarchs since 1970. She has been introducing school children and teachers to them for over 15 years and teaching a course for teachers interested in using monarchs in the classroom since 2000. Ba earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois, in 1979, in an Individual Plan of Study, called Visual Literacy, which combined studies in illustration, educational psychology and natural history. In order to better understand how children learn and how teachers teach, Ba completed an elementary teaching certification program at Chatham College in 1996. She continued her studies at Chatham College, earning her Masters in Children's and Adolescent Writing (MACAW), with an emphasis on natural history writing, in 2001.

42 pages
Published July 26, 2010

For more information and to find related information and resources visit the University of Minnesota's Monarch Lab website at http://monarchlab.org

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Monarch Lab
University of Minnesota
Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology
1980 Folwell Ave, 200 Hodson Hall
St. Paul, MN 55108