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Spring Migration: A Journey Driven by Needs


Spring is a critical time for monarchs. As one generation reaches the end of its life, a new generation begins. Monarchs migrate in spring to meet their biological needs. The pace and pathway of migration depends on habitat readiness and quality.

Essential Question
When and where do monarchs travel to find what they need in the spring?

1. Explain monarch's needs during spring migration.
2. Describe why spring is a critical time for monarchs.
3. Predict when and where monarchs will migrate.


1. Preview Essential Question
To spark pre-reading predictions and discussion, post the essential question and provide clue words: milkweed, eggs, life cycle, reproduce, month, weeks, survive, generation, spring, children, adult.

  • When and where do monarchs travel to
    find what they need in the spring?

2. Make Predictions and Take Notes

Set a purpose for reading by previewing the text headings. Invite students to use the headings to record predictions prior to reading and
take notes during reading.

  • Little Egg, Big Hope
  • Laying Eggs as She Migrates
  • Finding Eggs on Milkweed
  • Laying Eggs for the Future
  • A Life's Journey
  • A New Generation Begins
  • Spring is a Critical Time for Monarchs

Essential Question

Text Headings

After Reading

1. Revisit and Reflect
Revisit the essential question throughout the season and assess understanding with other key questions:

  • What do monarchs need in the spring?
  • Why is spring a critical time for monarchs?

2. Track Spring Migration
Journey North migration data help scientists understand when and where habitat is critical for monarchs in the spring.

Spring Migration

When and where
do monarchs travel to find what they need
in the spring?



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