- Gotta Go! Gotta Go! by Sam Swope
Set Up and PrepareSponsored by the JourneyNorth website, this butterfly study is a symbolic paper migration. Your students will create paper butterflies that are sent to school children in Mexico. In the spring, the butterflies "migrate" back to the United States, returning to classrooms across the country. However, the butterflies that return to you will be a mix from across North America.
Creating the paper butterflies will take under an hour. But while this activity takes place in the fall, the study begins again in the spring, with the arrival of new paper butterflies.Visit http://www.learner.org/jnorth/index.html Click on each in order:
"Monarch Butterflies" (It may be listed under "This season's projects")
"Getting Started. How to send a Monarch to Mexico"
Read and carefully follow the directions.
Have a general conversation with students about life cycles and migration.
Encourage students to repeat the refrain as you read.
Create paper butterflies using the directions as they appear on the website. The following are some of the directions as they appear for the 2006 - 2007 paper migration.
"Our Butterflies are made exactly as follows. They:
Are no larger than 1/2 piece of paper (8 1/2" x 11") (See template)
Are made entirely from paper. (Please use recycled paper!)
Are flat, not 3 dimensional, and have no 3D decorations.
Include student's first name and the school's name & full address, clearly typed. (If using an address stamp--make sure your entire address is legible!)
Are ambassadors, and carry messages of support and gratitude to Mexican students, clearly typed. (See sample Spanish Phrases)"
Be certain to pay attention to postage and deadlines.
Research where your new butterflies originated by looking up the towns on Mapquest or Yahoo Maps.
Post a map of North America. Use yarn to connect the paper butterflies to the places they came from. Label the places. This makes an informative bulletin board display.