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Capturing the Magic of Monarch Migration
Build Understanding Page-by-Page with Journey North Journals

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Reproducible Journal Pages

Introduction
How can you help students collect and reflect on their experiences with monarchs? Invite them to create a travel journal. Build understanding and skills one page at a time. Journey North journal pages provide a workplace where students put wondrous questions, document discoveries, explore ever-changing events, and chronicle each step of their scientific journey.

Teaching Suggestions
Use these journal pages the way we designed them, or customize to meet the needs of your students. Just click to download, open through your Word application, and print! Or edit to enter your own questions, categories, or layout. Students can keep their own migration journal by following our Monarch Butterfly Migration News Updates, and/or drawing from original comments on the migration maps and/or sightings database.

  • Print a cover for each student [or have them make their own]. Grow the journal one page at a time in 3-ring binders which become keepsake chronicles of students' scientific journey. Journals can also be stapled, bound, or kept in each students' pocket folder to pull out on "Journey North days."
  • Explore the growing collection of pages to select the page that meets your curricular goals. Each page is designed to help students collect and reflect on information and data they find in Migration News Updates, Observation Reports, Migration Maps, Booklets/slideshows, and other Journey North Lessons and Resources.
  • Field Study Pages: There are also Field Studies pages students can use for outdoor observations. These field pages are designed to help students draw and describe details they observe when they collect close-up observations of plants and animals in their natural surroundings.
  • Thematic Journals: The monarch migration study is rich with concrete examples of key science concepts (such as habitat, adaptations, ecosystems, seasons and cycles). See more tips on teaching themes and Journey North journals: Building Understanding Through Long-term Studies.
  • Rita: To discuss: (How)do we integrate this approach for visual observations, too? "Cultivating Keen Observers"

Chronicle of a Scientific Journey
Build Understanding Page-by-Page

COLLECT

REFLECT

Observations
Data
Maps, Charts
Facts, Opinions
Discoveries
Photographs
Questions
Hypotheses (Predictions)
Evidence
Examples
Explanations

Make connections
Draw conclusions
Formulate new hypotheses
Analyze data
Generalize information
Synthesize/create
Apply

 

The Magic of Monarch Migration Journal
Page-by-Page?Explore the Possibilities!

Migration News Updates

Observation Reports
from other
Citizen Scientists

Migration Maps

Collect
?All Kinds of Stuff?

Reflect
?Think it Over?

Collect
?All Kinds of Stuff?

Reflect
?Think it Over?

Collect
?All Kinds of Stuff?

Reflect
?Think it Over?

Excerpts that spark interest, thought, questions, opinions

Vocabulary:
Unfamiliar Words/Concepts

Unusual Data

Featured Photo

Questions

Quotes from scientists and other observers

Summary of Highlights

 

 

Comments from observation reports from other citizen scientists

Calculate data

Find migration rates

Make connections

Ask questions

Formulate hypotheses based on data

Analyze report to extract data that is  valuable to scientists

 

Journey North for Kids
Booklets and Slideshows

Field Observations

Other Resources

Collect

Reflect

Collect

Reflect

Collect

Reflect

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tips for Teachers
Use these journal pages the way we designed them, or customize as appropriate for your class. Just click to download, open through your Word application, and print! Or edit to enter your own questions, categories, or layout. Students can keep their own migration journal by following our Monarch Butterfly Migration News Updates, and/or drawing from original comments on the migration maps and/or sightings database.

  • Print a cover for each student and a stack of journal pages. Journals can be stapled, bound, or kept in each students' pocket folder to pull out on "Journey North days."
  • The map is a constant visual reminder of the geography of migration. Students can find Mexico's winter monarch sanctuaries, measure the distance monarchs must fly, and map the location of migration highlights.
  • Headline is a chance for students to identify the main idea of the week's migration news in their own creative way.
  • Summary is a place to sum up the news in a paragraph with supporting details.
  • Highlights Along the Migration Trail is a category for journal writers to focus on a bit of migration news of special interest to them. Did they read about an unusual sighting? Enjoy a quote? Learn something new about migration? Capture colorful tidbits like these in the "Highlights" section. Students can draw original comments from our migration maps and/or sightings database.
  • Answer our Journaling Questions that appear in every migration update. Just flip the page over for more space.
  • Thematic Journals The monarch migration study is rich with concrete examples of key science concepts (such as habitat, adaptations, ecosystems, seasons and cycles). See more tips on teaching themes and Journey North journals: Building Understanding Through Long-term Studies.
Reproducible Journal Pages
 
Reading Monarch Migration Updates and Collecting My Thoughts Reading Reports from Citizen Scientists and Collecting My Thoughts  
 
 

Fall (.doc)
(to revise!)

Double-entry  
Winter (.doc)
(to revise!)
Spring (doc pdf)
(to revise!)
"Collecting My Thoughts"
  • Each journal page would have a graphic "Teachers" link to instructions for teacher.
  • Personally, I prefer to link to a html page first, so I can take a look easily before 'committing' to .doc or .pdf. Let's discuss putting three versions up: .doc, html, pdf
  • Not sure if all 3 seasonal journal pages should be on this gallery page. We presently feature each season's "Journal" page with season-specific instructions:
  • Also see our many overlapping materials!

 

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