For many of us, one of our fondest memories of elementary school is observing monarch butterflies in the classroom and learning about metamorphosis as these remarkable creatures transformed from caterpillars to butterflies right in front of our eyes. As educators, many of you have probably used the monarch butterfly to teach about life cycles and migration. But this iconic species is in trouble and, like many of our pollinator species, is in decline.
The lessons and activities that are part of The Monarch Mission: Empowering Students to Improve Monarch Habitat were created to complement the National Wildlife Federation's Eco-Schools USA and Schoolyard Habitat® work, and to accompany the construction of a school’s Monarch Recovery Gardens and monarch observations.
The curriculum is only one component to the overall experience. The Monarch Mission project is not a short-term learning project. It is a long-term learning experience that will allow students to:
Each of these lessons and activities were designed starting with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) standards for the following grade bands: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12.
As lessons and activities are being developed from the NGSS we are focusing on three key components:
Below are the latest resources that have been developed for The Monarch Mission by the National Wildlife Federation and the LEGO Community Fund U.S.
Tell your members of Congress to save America's vulnerable wildlife by supporting the Recovering America's Wildlife Act.Read More
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The number of monarch butterflies overwintering in Mexico has dropped 14.8 percent, according to a new report from Mexican officials.Read More
Take stunning wildlife photos without disturbing your subject.Read More
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