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January 15, 2006 (Vol. 26, No. 2)

Monarchs in the Classroom

  • Emphasis on general education
  • Not much for scientists
I'll ignore my initial inclination here, which is to make a cheap joke about European history, and make note that monarch butterflies are the first insect I remember being introduced to in elementary school. There's something about these beautiful organisms that remind us of the balance between beauty and function in nature. Monarchs in the Classroom recognizes this with a focus on enhancing the classroom experience. At the site, teachers can download information about the monarch butterfly life cycle, their migration, global distribution, and more. The site also offers information about student-run research in various areas and also provides links to professional development courses. A useful site for general education.
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