Educational resources

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Monarch Metamorphosis and Butterfly Gardening (notes)

my-milkweed-diary (Word document) – for students to complete, term project from when they plant the seed of their swan plant (milkweed) through to the laying of an egg on the leaf and the life of a butterfly.

Measuring Butterflies instructions (pdf)

Thinking Skills (pdf) This resource was prepared by Denise Tarlinton, Curriculum Support Teacher at Kurwongbah State School. Kurwongbah is a P-7 Multiage school in Queensland, Australia. Thanks Denise!

Munchin’ Monarch – a Flash video, can be played using a Real player

Also check out the resources on the Science Learning Hub of the University of Waikato:

– Rearing Insects

– Write an Insect Mihi

– Interview with Dr Robert Hoare

– Make A Wanted Poster for an Insect

and more – go to Science Learning Hub to find out more.

Camouflage theme (coming)

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MUSIC

Butterfly Songs (Word document)

Then there’s a wonderful song by Rob and Denise Gibbs in the USA about the monarch migration from Canada to Mexico. Very catchy tune and simple lyrics for children…

Here are the lyrics and chords for the above:

Monarch Migration Song chords and lyrics

Then Elementary 5th graders who visited Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont in 2015 put together this song. They chose the topic, researched monarchs and their plight, chose the song, wrote the lyrics, and recorded the video during their visit. It was made as part of the Great Smoky Mountains Institute Tremont’s educational music video program ‘Creative Outlets for Outdoor Learning’ or ‪#‎SmokiesCOOL‬.

https://vimeo.com/124953669

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ART

Crimped Monarch (art project – pdf)

monarch-colour-in-1015 picture (art project – pdf)

Origami Monarch (pdf)

How to draw a monarch butterfly using markers and coloured pencils

Butterfly pop-up card (coming)
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GAMES

Monarch Maze puzzle (pdf)

Monarch Wordfind puzzle (pdf)

Memory game – matching pairs of butterflies. Timed


Anatomy
of a butterfly – interactive

Interactive story about the long journey that the North American Monarch butterflies make to their overwintering habitat in Mexico. An opportunity to explain how the seasons are different in the northern hemisphere to what they are in the southern hemisphere. Interactive.

Flip Book Craft activity suitable for 8-11 year olds. Illustrates the life cycle of a butterfly (or plant, bird).

Jigsaw puzzle (on line) wth monarch butterfly.

Classifications about the different classifications of butterflies. Which ones do we have here in New Zealand? The ones depicted are all North American varieties, of which only the Monarch and Cabbage White are found here.

Monarch Life Cycle Dice Game and cards Dice game

monarch-migration-outdoor-game A game for outdoors – great for a sunny day!

Butterfly Investigations

Science – University of Waikato

Landcare’s Pollination Project for Teachers

“Monarch Journey” Resources

On the Journey North website there are some great activities for use in schools. Try this link here.

Studying flight? Here‘s a great craft activity, a stylised representation of a Monarch which you cut out, fold and fly:

The Teachers’ Guide – free worksheets

From the ‘Flight of the Butterflies‘ the educational guide, adapted from the Canadian resource is Flight of the Butterflies.

On the Monarch Larva Monitoring Project‘s website, there are artistic expressions from their volunteers. Check it out: videos, essays, poetry and prose. You’ll find it by clicking HERE.

From time to time we hope to add more resources. If you have something to share please let us know by emailing trust@monarch.org.nz.