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This learning activity provides students with the opportunity to explore the life cycle of a monarch butterfly by viewing online photo galleries and a shared class reading of an informational text about the monarchs. They will create their own visual representation of the butterfly life cycle as well as discuss butterfly habitats. As a final activity, the students will work with a partner to design a butterfly habitat on paper.
This resource fits very nicely into an elementary discussion of habitats and life cycles.
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|Consideration of Alternative Perspectives||Very Good|
There is no bias towards any one point of view within this resource.
|Consideration of Alternative Perspectives: |
|Multiple Dimensions of Problems & Solutions||Satisfactory|
The inquiry wall activity addresses the environmental dimension and provides opportunities for a teacher through the activities to include in their discussion attention to the social and economic dimensions of the issues. Although it is not explicit in the resource.
|Multiple Dimensions of Problems & Solutions: |
Effectively addresses the environmental, economic and social dimensions of the issue(s) being explored.
The teacher will need to provide opportunities to add this dimension to the discussions with the class.
|Respects Complexity: |
The complexity of the problems/issues being discussed is respected.
|Acting on Learning||Satisfactory|
The opportunities provided for students to take action are only provided through extension activities.
|Acting on Learning: |
Learning moves from understanding issues to working towards positive change — in personal lifestyle, in school, in the community, or for the planet
This could happen through discussions but it is not a direct approach within the resource.
|Values Education: |
Students are explicitly provided with opportunities to identify, clarify and express their own beliefs/values.
|Empathy & Respect for Humans||Poor/Not considered|
This is not a focus of this particular resource.
|Empathy & Respect for Humans: Empathy and respect are fostered for diverse groups of humans (including different genders, ethnic groups, sexual preferences, etc.).|
|Personal Affinity with Earth||Good|
|Personal Affinity with Earth: |
Encourages a personal affinity with -the natural world.
|Locally-Focused Learning: |
Includes learning experiences that take advantage of issues/elements within the local community.
|Past, Present & Future||Good|
An understanding of the effects of the loss of habitat for the butterfly is examined. The students develop an understanding that they can make a difference by planting a butterfly garden. There isn't a focus on the past with a comparison to the present day.
|Past, Present & Future: Promotes an understanding of the past, a sense of the present, and a positive vision for the future.|
Lessons are structured so that multiple/complex answers are possible; students are not steered toward one 'right' answer.
There is a combination of Math and Science within this resource.
|Integrated Learning: |
Learning brings together content and skills from more than one subject area
This resource provides students with the opportunity to explore the life cycle of a monarch butterfly and begin an inquiry investigation into why their population numbers are decreasing.
|Inquiry Learning: |
Learning is directed by questions, problems, or challenges that students work to address.
The variety of activities includes different instructional approaches.
|Differentiated Instruction: |
Activities address a range of student learning styles, abilities and readiness.
|Experiential Learning||Poor/Not considered|
The only opportunity for a hands-on learning experience is through the extension activities.
|Experiential Learning: |
Authentic learning experiences are provided
|Cooperative Learning: |
Group and cooperative learning strategies are a priority.
|Assessment & Evaluation||Poor/Not considered|
There are some suggestions provided for assessment opportunities; however, there are no concrete tools provided within the resource.
|Assessment & Evaluation: Tools are provided that help students and teachers to capture formative and summative information about students' learning and performance. These tools may include reflection questions, checklists, rubrics, etc.|
In the final activity students are given an opportunity to provide feedback to another group on their butterfly garden design as well as the opportunity to engage in a habitat gallery walk where all of the projects are shared.
|Peer Teaching: |
Provides opportunities for students to actively present their knowledge and skills to peers and/or act as teachers and mentors.
|Case Studies||Poor/Not considered|
There are no case studies included in the resource.
|Case Studies: |
Relevant case studies are included. Case studies are thorough descriptions of real events from real situations that students use to explore concepts in an authentic context.
|Locus of Control||Poor/Not considered|
The resource is not structured in this manner.
|Locus of Control: Meaningful opportunities are provided for students to choose elements of program content, the medium in which they wish to work, and/or to go deeper into a chosen issue.|