CoBaLTT Unit Overview

The students in fourth grade study Minnesota history and geography and learn other basic information about their state, including the state symbols. Given that the monarch is one of the most recent additions, this unit will go deeper into the fact that monarchs do not make their home here year round, but rather they migrate between Minnesota and Mexico, in particular Michoacán. In first grade, the students had an introduction to insects and studied basic biology and facts about butterflies. This particular unit will not focus on the life cycle of the caterpillar and monarch as much as on the migration. During the first few weeks of school the students will raise and observe monarch larvae as they form their chrysalis and then emerge as an adult. We will tag the monarchs and send them on their way to Mexico. There will be opportunity for a review of monarch basics through readings and activities integrated into Spanish and English language arts.

Journey North: The Global Study of Wildlife Migration . Retrieved March 2, 2003, http://www.learner.org/jnorth. (1999)

Butterflies of the North and South. Retrieved Mar. 02, 2003, from Virtual Museum Canada: http://www.virtualmuseum.ca/Exhibitions/Butterflies/ Spanish / index.html.

Monarch "The Legend" (2000) [Video tape], Mexico City.

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Monarch Lab: Exploring Monarch Butterfly Biology . Retrieved March 2, 2003, from University of Minnesota: http://www.monarchlab.org Monarch Watch. Retrieved March 2, 2003, from University of Kansas: http: //www.monarchwatch.org. (1997-1998) Monarchs and Migration. Retrieved Mar. 02, 2003, from Science Museum of Minnesota / Science Learning Network: http://www.smm.org/ sln.monarchs / top.html.

Oberhauser, K., Missrie, M., Redon Salinas, E., & García Serrano, E. (2003). The Monarch Butterfly: Uniting a Continent. St. Paul, MN: Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary Foundation.

Ortiz Monasterio, Fernando P. & Ortiz Monasterio Garza, Valentina. (1984). Monarch Butterfly: Flight of Paper . Mexico City:

The Compass. Pettersson, Aline. (1999). Ontario, the Traveler Butterfly. Mexico City: Alfaguara.

Ruvalcaba, Carlos. (2000). La Mariposa Dancer . Miami: Santillana.

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