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They are know as Monarch Teacher Network-Canada -
Monarch Butterfly Rescue!
Mississauga News - July 28, 2009 - By Julie Slack - email@example.com
Teachers go to butterfly school
Summer school. Sandy McCuaig releases a monarch at Riverside Public
School during this week's workshop for teachers,
called Teaching and Learning with Monarch Butterflies. Hosted by the Monarch
Teacher Network of Canada,
the workshop shows teachers how to incorporate monarch butterflies into their
They learned how to raise butterflies in the classroom, create a
butterfly-friendly outdoor garden and,
eventually, how to release the monarchs.
The teachers also toured Rattray Marsh, where milkweed, a source of food for
monarchs, is prominent. Staff photo by Fred Loek
Even teachers go to summer school.
A group of about 75 teachers learned about monarch butterflies yesterday and
today at Riverside Public School in Port Credit.
Anne Powers, coordinator of the Monarch Teacher Network of Canada, said the goal
is to help teachers across the province incorporate the world of monarch
butterflies into elementary and secondary school curriculum. The
Kingston-based volunteer group holds workshops in four Ontario communities
during the summer.
This week's group, comprised mostly of Mississauga teachers, learned about
everything from raising butterflies in classrooms to how to tag them prior to
As part of the two-day session, participants worked with larvae, eggs and
caterpillars, looked at the insects through microscopes, found eggs, fed
butterflies and went on a field trip to Rattray Marsh to see milkweed, which
monarchs are dependent upon for food.
Through both the classroom and field experiences, teachers also learned about
the life cycle of monarchs and how to develop a school butterfly garden.
The teachers say they're always looking for creative ways to enhance the
learning experience for students.
Christine Roberts, who teaches grades 2 and 3 at Riverside, has a head start.
She planted a butterfly garden outside the school in June and butterflies are
"This whole project and being able to pass it along to students gives me so much
joy," Roberts said.
She added it will be the perfect learning experience for her class. Students
will learn about the monarchs' migration to Mexico, where they spend the winter,
and even experience a butterfly landing right in their hand, Roberts said.
It will make a difference!
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