Educator Resources: Life Cycles

Caterpillars Count!

A major goal of the Caterpillars Count! project is to provide a structured way for students and other interested individuals to learn more about the caterpillars and other insects that play a crucial role in our ecosystem.

Sponsors

The University of North Carolina

Damsels and Dragons

“Damsels and Dragons” describes the physical and behavioral characteristics of
dragonflies and damselflies. Eighty-six species of dragonflies occur throughout
Minnesota. Students also learn about a dragonfly’s life cycle as it metamorphoses
from egg to adult, and about a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
naturalist, Mark Carroll, who has done research on dragonflies.

*Supports Minnesota Odanata Survey Project

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Minnesota Conservation Volunteer, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Minnesota Dragonfly Society

Ladybug Learning

Ladybug biology, biodiversity, conservation, and sampling are addressed. Younger students contruct replicas of ladybug life stages out of recycled materials and learn about ladybug diversity playing “ladybug bingo”. Older children play food web and ladybug sampling games. The core of the Lost Ladybug Project, where we actually go outside to search, is the same for both age groups. The toolkits allow for two collecting trips to two habitats for comparison, and then submission of data on the Lost Ladybug website.

Sponsors

http://www.learner.org/jnorth/

Monarch Watch: In the Classroom

“Challenges to Students” are questions that we pose to students to get them started with their very own research. In the “Research Projects” section you’ll find ongoing collaborative projects that rely on student – scientist partnerships. Our ever-growing vocabulary page is your one-stop-shop to help you sort through all of those (sometimes tricky!) terms and concepts relating to Monarchs and science in general.

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Monarch Watch