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Winter Monarch Butterfly Journal

Our Theme: Surviving the Winter in Mexico
When Journey North begins in February, the monarchs are at the over-wintering sites in Mexico. For the first 6 weeks of the live program, our theme is survival. This journal is designed to be used before the spring migration begins in March. Through Monarch News Updates, students explore the habitat and climate of the monarch's winter home. They also learn about the adaptations monarchs have that help them to survive. Page by page, the journal is a workplace where students explore ever-changing events, record compelling questions, formulate hypotheses, document discoveries, and chronicle each step of their learning journey.

Journal Cover
Journal Cover

Week-by-Week Journal Pages

Weekly Monarch News includes journal page specific to the current week's topic:

How to Help Monarchs

Monarch distribution in Mexico Monarch Butterfly Journal

Journal Page: Writer's Quest for Details

How to Help Monarchs
February 6, 2014

Where are they?
February 13, 2014
Write a Letter
February 20, 2014
Describing Lipid Levels
February 27, 2014
Journal Page: Writer's Quest for Details Migration Route How many millions?  
Writer's Details
March 6, 2014
When, Where Migrate?
March 13, 2014
How Many Millions?

To see winter Journal Pages from previous seasons, see archives.

 Journal Pages

Reading Monarch Updates

Exploring Image of the Week

Journal Questions

Teaching Tips and Helpful Links

Teaching Tips
You and students can also use the journal pages to assess their emerging understanding. Read student reflections together and discuss their thinking. Or collect the booklet or pages periodically and use Post-it Notes for your comments.

Helpful Links

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