Fall Activity #3

Explore Maps



Help students understand these key concepts as you view and discuss the maps:

  • Monarchs fly freely between Canada, the United States, and Mexico on their annual migrations.
  • Monarch butterflies are a shared resource. No country or person “owns” the monarchs.
  • All North American neighbors share responsibility for protecting monarch habitat.
  • Monarchs depend on cooperation between us all. Each person, town, state, province, and country can be important in preserving the monarch’s magnificent migration.


1. Explore Maps

Trace the migration path from your hometown to the monarch’s overwintering sanctuaries in Mexico. Count the political borders the monarchs must cross. Discuss the actions, laws, and responsibilities of people in the many backyards, towns, states, provinces, and countries along the monarch’s migration path.

2. Measure Distance to Mexico

When you send your butterfly to Mexico, you’ll enclose a note for the student in Mexico who will receive it. Measure the distance your symbolic monarch will travel so you can say:

“This butterfly flew ____kilometers to greet you!”

Use Google Maps to measure the distance:

Start: Your Home Town

End: Angangueo, Michoacan, Mexico (Your butterfly will go to this town and then be given to a student near the monarch sanctuaries.)


Summary of Fall Activities