This is a guest post by Alicia Jimenez, who writes about integrating Educational Technology at Tech Ready Team.
Two third grade teachers in the Whiteriver Unified School District completed a project called Journey North. Lisa Marchetti and Jenn Eagle inspired their students to study the migratory patterns of the monarch butterfly. They participated in Journey North, a program that has citizen scientists track butterfly migration to and from Mexico in the fall and spring as they explore the monarch butterfly's life cycle, ecology, habitat, and conservation needs.
Each student in the class made a life size butterfly and they also made a class butterfly that showed a little of the culture and life of the White Mountain Apache Tribe. They sent these butterflies along with a letter to Mexico. They are able to track its migration to Mexico on either the computer or the iPad.
When the butterflies traveled back in the spring, the class' butterflies went to other classes around North America. We will also get butterflies from other classes in North America.
For more information on the Journey North program (free), click here.