Pollination ecoSTEM Kit Materials Used: Butterfly Rearing Kit, Monarch Health Project & Milkweed Seeds
ENGAGE - Students Observe This Phenomenon
EXPLORE a Kit-Supported Learning Experience
Students will observe the metamorphosis of a monarch caterpillar to a butterfly. The Kit contains a butterfly rearing habitat and a voucher for live Painted Lady caterpillars. Students can observe, draw and journal about these butterflies in real time. Students can research threats to monarch butterflies including habitat loss, parasites, and pesticides. The best way to raise monarchs is to grow milkweed!
Students should be able to identify at least one reason why monarch butterflies are declining in numbers (habitat loss, pesticides, parasites, etc). Also, they should be able to name at least one strategy for helping monarchs (planting milkweed for caterpillars, planting nectar plants for adults, avoiding use of pesticides, sending abdomen specimens to UGA for analysis (Monarch Health Project).
Monarch caterpillars eat only milkweed. The Kit contains both a class packet of milkweed seeds for a school garden and individual packets of seeds for students to plant at home, creating a Monarch Corridor.