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Third graders have been investigating the traits and characteristics of animals. A highlight of our invertebrate study was performing an original Reader’s Theater by Mrs. Krupar’s class. The script traces four generations of Monarch butterflies and their life cycle as they journey north on their 3000 mile migration. It was written by Rosemary Krupar, Teacher-Ranger-Teacher for Cuyahoga Valley National Park. (CVNP) The site based butterfly project features Howe Meadow, Terra Vista Nature Study area, and Indigo Lake at CVNP. Special guest appearances include: Ranger Randy, Vicky Viceroy, Willard the Wasp, Bruce the Black eared Mouse, Cadie Caterpillar, Monica's mother, Maria, and grandmother, Maurita. Students enjoyed integrating reading with science to perform this unique, informative script. It can be viewed at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7MirQs1x80 or on Mrs. Krupar’s webpage: http://www.crestwoodschools.org/olc/page.aspx?id=26364&s=732. As lifelong learners, consider establishing a Monarch Way Station in your backyard: http://monarchwatch.org/waystations/. The Monarch populations have declined due to destruction of habitat, climate change, and decreasing food supplies. To learn more about the problems facing Monarchs, view: http://www.weather.com/news/science/nature/monarch-butterflies-threatened-logging-20130910 & http://www.weather.com/news/science/nature/monarch-butterflies-mexico-20130314, Future lepidopterists can continue their investigations at: http://www.learner.org/jnorth/tm/monarch/AboutFall.html.
Rosemary Krupar teaches 3rd grade at Crestwood Intermediate School. She is working as a Teacher-Ranger-Teacher at the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.