This week, Primary started the year’s study of Science with the monarch. Monarchs in the US and Canada migrate to Mexico or California every winter (which fits nicely into our study of North America), and a wealth of resources is available for studying them.

Some of the topics we’re exploring with monarchs include the geography of the migration, the stages of the butterfly life cycle, what caterpillars eat, and how they shed their skins. There are also monarch wings to wear in our outdoor classroom. We can’t wait until the end of the week, when some of our chrysalises should be changing into butterflies. After tagging them, the monarchs will be released for their journey south.

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