Saving the Monarch

Unit of 3 Lessons
Grade Levels: 
K
1
2
Subjects: 
Philanthropy
Science
Social Studies
Media / Technology
Issue Area: 
Environment
Focus Question 

Focus Question: How is caring for the environment by protecting plants and animals related to civic responsibility? 

Unit Overview 

Students learn the concept of environmental stewardship as an act of philanthropy. They learn about the Monarch Butterfly, the four stages of its life cycle, and its dependence on the milkweed plant as a source of energy.

Service Experience 
The learners will raise money to purchase milkweed plants. They will also ask their parents to help them plant milkweed near their own home.  
Lessons in This Unit 
Unit: 
Saving the Monarch
Lesson 1 of 3
Grades: 
K
1
2

The purpose of this lesson is to introduce the learners to the concept of Environmental Stewardship, community and how making an area beautiful is an act of philanthropy.  Learners will look at the Monarch Butterfly and the four stages of its life cycle. They will also discover that it is dependent on the milkweed plant as a source of energy.

Unit: 
Saving the Monarch
Lesson 2 of 3
Grades: 
K
1
2

Learners will review the information that they learned in the previous lesson. They will demonstrate understanding of the life cycle of the Monarch Butterfly by using different types of pasta to represent the different stages of the butterfly’s life cycle.