Published on April 23, 2014
Overall project: 5 E’s
Before embarking on this integrated unit, we suggest students begin with a hands-on, open-ended exploration of littleBits.
Engage: Incorporate your Monarch Butterfly content, including Monarch Butterfly biology and migratory patterns, the four seasons and geography.
Explore: Merge littleBits with materials to create representations of Monarch Butterflies
Explain: How do scientists track Monarchs? What drives the butterflies to migrate? What pathways do the Monarch Butterflies travel through North America? How does light influence butterfly biology: seasonality, wing pattern and color, diurnal activity?
Elaborate: What are the life stages of the Monarch Butterfly? What senses do the butterflies use to migrate? What are the butterfly's prey and predators? What can tracking and mapping tell us about the location and health of Monarch Butterfly populations?Evaluate: Students should be able to explain key concepts and information acquired in the lesson.
Credits: littleBits Education