The resources listed below have been compiled by the National Wildlife Federation's Eco-Schools USA program for educators working with students to recover monarch butterfly populations.
Dive deeper with monarch recovery by accessing The Monarch Mission curriculum, created by the National Wildlife Federation and the LEGO Community Fund U.S.
Monarchs and More (Grades K-2, 3-6, and Middle School)
These free lessons are from the Monarch Lab at the University of Minnesota. The Monarchs and More curriculum guide includes lessons on monarch behavior, life cycle, a focus on features, adaptations, and migration. Full curriculum is also available for purchase at their Monarch Store.
Butterfly Activity Guide (Grades K-8)
Created by the National Wildlife Federation, this free butterfly activity includes lessons on life cycles, pollination, and migration.
Monarch Butterfly Manual (Grades PreK-12)
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Protección de la Fauna Mexicana A.C. (Profauna A.C.), a Mexican non-governmental organization, developed Monarch Butterfly, Royal Mail: A Manual for the Environmental Educator. This manual was developed for grades Pre-K through 12 and offers activities that promote conservation of the monarch butterfly.
Journey North's Educational Resources
Categorized by season, then by topics such as citizen science, background, conservation, migration, life cycle, video clips, and food, Journey North’s educational resources allow your study of the monarch butterfly to be relevant to the season you are in.
Journey North's Symbolic Migration
A terrific way to engage your students and help create cross-cultural connections is through Journey North’s Symbolic Migration. Each year over 60,000 students in the United States and Canada create symbolic paper butterflies and send to them to Mexico for the winter. The children who live in Mexico beside the monarch’s winter sanctuaries protect the butterflies and send them north in the spring.
Rearing Monarchs in the Classroom
Rearing monarchs in the classroom can be a captivating and fun educational experience that can encourage conservation actions, but in order to avoid the spread of disease and harming the monarchs, it needs to be done responsibly. Monarch Joint Venture has a great fact sheet on rearing Monarchs responsibly.
Discover practical tips for rearing monarch butterflies in the classroom.
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