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TOPIC: Life Cycle of the Monarch Butterfly

GRADES: 3-4

AUTHOR: Diane Gardner

SCHOOL: Eagle Elementary School

DISTRICT: Brownsburg Community Schools

OBJECTIVES:

INDIANA STATE PROFICIENCIES:

RESOURCES and MATERIALS:

ACTIVITIES/PROCEDURES:

  1. The teacher should introduce the presentation software of choice (e.g. Hypercard, PowerPoint, etc.), and instruct students on the basics for creating a presentation.
  2. The teacher should provide students instruction on the process of downloading/ printing text and graphics from the Internet. Included in this instruction should be an emphasis on copyright requirements, and the development of proper citations for copied material.
  3. Working in groups of 2-3, students will use their school library and the Internet resources cited above to research the life cycle of the monarch butterfly. Students should take notes, and record the locations of information they wish to use in their presentation. NOTE: Be sure that students understand that the migration of the monarch is an integral part of the life cycle, and they should include maps and descriptions of the migration in their research and presentations.
  4. The student groups will make their computer-assisted presentations to their classmates.
  5. Each student will write a short report summarizing the life cycle and migration of the monarch butterfly.

ASSESSMENT:

  1. The ability of the student to work with a group.
  2. Presentation:
    • Content.
    • Use of the tool.
    • Delivery.

  3. The report.

EXTENSION:


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