Preparing for the Role of Ambassador
Symbolic Migration Activity #2
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Explore the concept of ambassadorship as you prepare students to make a symbolic monarch that will travel to Mexico to represent your class.


Sample Ambassador Butterflies


Symbolic Migration: Sample Spanish Phrases

Spanish Phrases


Did You Know?
The children who will receive your butterfly live directly beside the monarch winter sanctuaries. You can read about their lives through bilingual stories, video and images. See Life in the Sanctuary Area






What is an Ambassador?
Anyone can be an ambassador. An ambassador is a goodwill representative or messenger. For example, a student can be an ambassador for your school when visiting another school. A country's official ambassador is the person who is designated to represent his or her own country in a foreign country. The role of an ambassador is to cultivate friendship and build cooperation.



1. Introduce the Concept of Ambassadorship
Tell students they are about to design a Symbolic Butterfly that will travel to Mexico as an ambassador. Explain that the role of an ambassador is to cultivate friendship and build cooperation. Use students' familiarity with friendship and cooperation to help them understand ambassadorship. Ask:

How can you use your symbolic monarch to begin a friendship with children who live near the monarch's winter home in Mexico?

2. Explore Sample Ambassador Butterflies
Take a look at butterflies American and Canadian children have made and sent. How do they communicate friendship? What pictures, language, and symbols do they include in their design?

3. Brainstorm!
Our butterfly will travel to Mexico to represent our class in friendship, and be an ambassador for monarch conservation.

  • What do friends share? (games, favorite foods, music, holidays).
  • What's unique about our school, state, country, and culture?
  • What do we want to show with our butterfly? (friendship, appreciation, interest in monarchs)
  • How can we show our interest and concern for monarch butterfly conservation? (milkweed, flowers, butterfly garden, oyamel fir trees, other habitat features)

Note: The children who will receive your butterfly speak Spanish, not English.

4. Make Your Symbolic Butterfly
Now students are ready to make their own monarch ambassador!