Attached you will find a Google survey for my daughter's engineering project. She is working to design a better butterfly cage and is need of data to support the project. If you have a Google account and can take the survey it would be appreciated. Thank you in advance.
Our class "hung out" with Sara Dykman today. Here's Emma asking Sara one of our questions we had for her.
Sara rode her bike over 10,000 miles as she "migrated" with the monarchs this year. Sara's story was pure inspiration. Check the comments for a link to the website that sponsored her.
(Here is the script we read on today's announcements)
Paige: Today is Halloween.
Mr. Stoffel: In Mexico, this day is known as the “dia de los muertos.” This Spanish phrase means “Day of the Dead” in English. The Mexican villagers of the Central Region believe the spirits of their ancestors return to visit them on this day....
Paige: How do these spirits arrive? They arrive on the wings of the Monarch Butterfly.
Mr. Stoffel: At the same time as the “dia de los muertos”, monarch butterflies return to this forested area from the yearly migration. Millions of Monarchs make their way to this relatively small area in Mexico.
Paige: Maybe, just maybe, some of these butterflies will be from the 140 monarchs our schoolmates helped us release this fall.
Our last butterfly, a girl, was named Esperanza.
Mr. Stoffel: We gave her this Spanish name meaning “hope” to symbolize the hope we have of her safe return home on this “dia de los muertos.”
“Bueans Suertes, Esperanza!”
Paige: Good luck, Esperanza! Now we shall wait, and hope, for the return of Esperanza’s descendants so all of our traditions may continue again next fall.
What lessons can be learned from monarch rearing? Here's one: a small act can make a huge difference. (Finding math interesting is a bonus.)
This spring we found a monarch laying eggs on nascent milkweed shoots; the only milkweed in the area. None of these eggs would have survived. With the use of social media connections, about 200 eggs were collected and reared to adulthood.
Assume that half of those monarchs mated and had offspring. Then assume there was a 95% mortality rate. Assume for each successive generation that each monarch that survives has 200 offspring and 95% of them do not survive. The number of great-great "grandchildren" making the trek back to Mexico from this one butterfly we found this spring would be 100,000!
Mrs. Jones's class, Look what I did over the weekend! I transformed into a butterfly. I'm sorry I couldn't wait until you came back to school Tuesday. I have to fly south before winter gets here. I flew up,up, up into the blue sky and as soon as I have some nectar, I'm heading to Mexico! Thanks for sharing your class with me while I was a hungry caterpillar!
Hello Mrs. Boxell's and Mrs.Burgess's class! Look what I did over the weekend! I transformed into a butterfly finally. I'm sorry I couldn't stick around until you all came back to school. I have to get to Mexico before winter. I zoomed off as soon as I could. There's a picture of me right before taking off. Can you find me in the other picture?