Questions and Writing Prompts
to Teacher Guide)
your class explores the world of monarchs overwintering in the mountains
of Mexico, use questions like these to stretch students’ thinking
and writing skills. Throughout the winter season, choose questions that
will lead to thoughtful discussions and reflective journal responses.
Encourage students to add their own research questions to this list.
surprises you as you look through the photo gallery?
questions and “I wonder…” thoughts do you have
as you study each photo?
clues can you find in these photos to learn about how monarchs survive
in their winter habitat?
details can you find in different photos to predict weather and
are the monarchs' survival needs met in these unique forest regions?
do overwintering monarchs need to survive?
do oyamel trees protect monarchs from different weather conditions?
range of temperatures are typical during the day? At night?
do monarchs form colonies?
do monarchs cluster in oyamel trees?
are the unique conditions of the overwintering regions in Mexico
that provide for monarchs’ survival needs?
do cool temperatures help monarchs survive?
are the “just-right” temperatures monarchs need to survive
is the forest floor a dangerous place for monarchs?
do monarchs survive for four or five months with little or no food?
do monarchs cluster in trees?
do monarchs cling to trees with closed wings? Why?
would observers see open-winged monarchs on the tree branches?
do monarchs shiver?
is basking behavior?
is microclimate and how does it relate to overwintering
habitats of monarchs?
questions are scientists trying to answer about overwintering monarchs
and their habitat?
climatic factors affect the survival of overwintering monarchs?
are monarchs hard to see when they cluster closed-winged on oyamel
environmental conditions pose dangers to monarch butterflies? Which
environmental conditions benefit the butterflies?
human actions are putting monarchs at risk?
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