Milkweed and Monarch Butterfly Mania


Our certified Backyard Wildlife Habitat Garden

orange bullet Conestoga Elementary's Schoolyard Habitat

orange bullet Digital Monarch Watch - create a real-time map of Monarch migration

orange bullet Watch - The Incredible Journey of the Butterflies - NOVA Video

orange bullet Monarch & Migration

orange bullet Learn more about Monarch biology at Monarch Watch.

orange bullet Community Learning Garden

orange bullet Schoolyard Ecology

orange bullet Variation - grouping things

orange bullet Sort the Insects - activity

orange bullet Monarch Teachers Network

orange bullet Green Landscaping with native plants

orange bullet Monarch Butterfly migration report - listen online

orange bullet Learn all about butterflies and butterfly gardening in Pennsylvania!

orange bullet Milkweeds - Easing the Plight of the Monarch Butterfly

orange bullet Measuring the Impact of Ozone on a Bioindicator - Common Milkweed

orange bullet Journey North

orange bullet Monarch Health

orange bullet The Monarch Butterfly by Oberhauser, Karen Suzanne and Solensky, Michelle J. book online

orange bullet Butterfly Basics

orange bullet Order Lepidoptera

orange bullet Common Butterflies and their Caterpillars pdf

orange bullet Monarch Larval Monitoring Project (MLMP) participate!

orange bullet How monarchs help pupils learn computer literacy. SFGate 2/17/08

orange bullet NatureMapping

orange bullet Wings of Silk

orange bullet The Differences between a Moth and a Butterfly

orange bullet What is this caterpillar?

orange bullet Activity - When is a Pest?

orange bullet Nightlighting for Moths activity video

orange bullet Butterflies Point to Micro Machines

orange bullet Monarch Butterfly Magic by Midge Frazel

orange bullet Monarchs in the Classroom

orange bullet Monarchs in the Classroom standards based activites K-8

orange bullet Butterfly Curricula - The Butterfly WebSite

orange bullet Florida Monarch web site

orange bullet Milkweeds - Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center

orange bullet Milkweed Silk as stuffing

orange bullet Swamp Milkweed

orange bullet Plant Explorer

orange bullet More facts about Lady Beetles for kids

orange bullet Facts about Asian Lady Beetles

orange bullet Amazing Insects

orange bullet Wonderful World of Insects

orange bullet Habitat Gardens at National Wildlife Federation

orange bullet Happenin Habitats

orange bullet Schoolyard Habitat at NWF

orange bullet Some common butterfly larval host plants

orange bullet Host Plants in Pennsylvania

orange bullet Butterflies Study Unit

orange bullet Butterfly Mimicry - Viceroy

orange bullet Monarch Larva Monitoring Project

orange bullet Bioengineered corn pollen and Monarch caterpillars.

orange bullet The Manduca Project

orange bullet Butterfly Cam lots of info and video!

orange bullet Tree of Life - information about phylogeny and biodiversity

orange bullet Understanding the Organism Insect & Arthropod Biology and ID

orange bullet Caterpillars Click and Puke to Stop Predators

orange bullet U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's online digital media library - public domain photos

orange bullet Dichotomous keys - how to make one

orange bullet Monarch jigsaw puzzle

orange bullet Build your own Caterpillar

orange bullet Asclepias syriaca

orange bullet Participate in Monarch Larval Monitoring Project

orange bullet Balancing Butterfly activity - center of gravity Pattern

orange bullet Intermediate Science Teaching Practice

orange bullet Counting Populations - sampling

orange bullet Ecology - Population Dynamics

On this site

Worksheet for this site Revised 8/2006

Comparing Caterpillars exercise

Contrasting Caterpillars exercise

Compare or Contrast Butterflies

Word Search

Milkweed True False Quiz updated

Monarch multi-guess Quiz

Measuring Caterpillars and Milkweed leaves activity new

Science Journal entry

Milkweed Crossword puzzle | Milkweed Puzzle print

Milkweed coloring page | Color this Butterfly

Chart the classification of the Monarch Butterfly. MS/HS

Chart the classification of the Common Milkweed . MS/HS

Spreadsheet project

Plants and People

Observation Science skills practice

Make a Compare/Contrast Diagram using a computer how to

Make an Organisms Database - How to using AW

Butterflies and Moths Facts Hunt

Plants Parts activity

Using the Scientific Method

Investigating Interesting Insect Information

Fields, Meadows, and Hedgerows resources

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young boy observing a milkweed using a magnifying glass

George Ericson, a.k.a. Eugene Iverd (1893-1936), Young Scientist, 1932, oil on canvas, Collection: Erie Art Museum, Erie, PA.

Monarch Migration

Monarch Migration math challenge - Math

Monarch Butterfly of Aster Way

three monarch caterpillars on a milkweed plant

The photos for this project were taken in August and early September in Central Pennsylvania.

Aligned with PA Academic Standards

Science and Technology

Unifying Themes 3.1

4. C. Illustrate patterns that regularly occur and reoccur in nature.

7. C. Identify patterns as repeated processes or recurring elements in science and technology. Identify different forms of patterns and use them to group and classify specific objects.

Inquiry and Design 3.2

B. Describe objects using the five senses. Apply process knowledge to make and interpret observations.

Biological 3.3 - Sciences

A. Know the similarities and differences of living things.

· Identify life processes of living things
· Know that some organisms have similar external characteristics and that similarities and differences are related to environmental circumstances
· Describe basic needs of plants and animals

B. Know that living things are made up of parts that have specific functions.

3.7. Technological Devices

B. Use appropriate instruments and apparatus to study materials.

• Select appropriate instruments to measure the size, weight, shape and temperature of living and non-living objects

Environment and Ecology

Environmental Health 4.3

B. Identify how human actions affect environmental health.

C. Understand that the elements of natural systems are interdependent
· Identify some of the organisms that live together in an ecosystem
· Understand that components of a system all play an equal part in a healthy natural system

Integrated Pest Management 4.5

B. Explain how pest management affects the environment.

Ecosystems and their interactions 4.6

A. Understand that living things are dependent on nonliving things in the environment for survival. Describe the basic needs of an organism.


Measurement and Estimation 2.3.

A. Select and use appropriate instruments and units for measuring quantities (e.g., perimeter, volume, area, weight, time, temperature).

Select and use standard tools to measure the size of figures with specified accuracy, including length, width, perimeter and area.

Mathematical Reasoning and Connections 2.4.

A. Compare quantities and magnitudes of numbers.

Reading Writing Listening

Reading Critically in all content areas 1.2

A. Read and understand essential content of informational texts

Types of Writing 1.4

B. Write informational pieces

Speaking and Listening 1.6

F. Use media for learning purposes.

Pennsylvania Science Anchors
S.A.2. Processes, Procedures, and Tools of Scientific Investigations

S.A.3. Systems, Models, and Patterns, S.B.1. Structure and Function of Organisms
S4.B.3.1.1 Describe the living and nonliving components of a local ecosystem
S8.A.1 Reasoning and Analysis

Cited Works:

Borror, Donald J. and White, Richard E. Insects Peterson Field Guides. Houghton Mifflin Company. Boston. 1970.

Foster, Stephen and Duke, James A. Medicinal Plants Peterson Field Guides . Houghton Mifflin Company. Boston. 1990.

Hutchens, Alma R. Indian Herbalogy of North America. Shambhala Publications, Inc. Boston. 1973.

McGavin, George C. The Pocket Guide to Insects of the Northern Hemisphere. Parkgate Books Ltd. London 1998

Tufts, Craig. The Backyard Naturalist. National Wildlife Federation. 1988.

Science links

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