The following learning outcomes have been drawn from the New Jersey Core Content Standards. The statements reflect a broad, interdisciplinary range: what students will know and be able to do after an extended learning experience with Monarch Butterflies.


  • Ask questions about the world around them and seek answers through careful observations and experimentation
  • Keep records that describe observations
  • Develop skills and strategies for information-gathering and problem-solving
  • Identify questions and make predictions that can be addressed by investigations
  • Identify patterns when observing the natural and constructed world
  • Identify how people in different cultures have made and continue to make contributions to science and technology
  • Know that scientists are men and women of many cultures who often work together to solve problems
  • Measure, estimate and compute quantities when doing science
  • Use tables and graphs to represent and interpret data
  • Use a variety of measuring instruments and record quantities using appropriate units
  • Evaluate the strengths and investigate the weaknesses of data, claims and arguments
  • Communicate experimental findings to others
  • Design and conduct investigations using a control
  • Investigate the basic needs of humans and other organisms
  • Recognize the diversity of life
  • Identify the roles of organisms in a food chain
  • Explain how changing environmental conditions can result in evolution or extinction of a species
  • Differentiate between renewable and nonrenewable resources
  • Explain how organisms interact with other components of an ecosystem
  • Describe the effect of human activities on ecosystems


  • Demonstrate linguistic and cultural awareness of their local, state and world community
  • Make interdisciplinary and workplace readiness connections
  • Use world language for communication in authentic, real-life contexts
  • Use meaningful, motivating and cognitively challenging activities that use language in activities embedded connected to content learned in other core areas, rather than just memorizing vocabulary and grammar rules
  • Have students demonstrate an understanding of the perspectives of a culture through experiences with its products, traditions and practices


  • Use basic concepts of time, location, distance and relationships as they apply to the study of people, places events and issues
  • Show how present events can be connected to the past and are related over time
  • Understand that the US and Canada are diverse nations and only one (or two) of many nations in the world
  • Identify traditions and celebrations of other cultures
  • Understand the cultural and natural diversity of North America
  • Explain why it is important for nations to communicate and work together
  • Identify current issues that have a global impact and discuss ways to address them
  • Explain why it is important to understand diverse peoples, ideas and cultures
  • Use technology to learn about students and their families in other countries through classroom projects, links, email and Internet
  • Describe the continuing struggle to bring all groups of Americans into the mainstream of society
  • Discuss how cultures may change and that individuals may identify with more than one culture
  • Discuss the impact of stereotypes on relationships, achievement and life goals
  • Describe physical and cultural changes that shaped the earliest human communities
  • Describe the development, contributions and present status of Mesoamerican societies
  • Explain the concept of Manifest Destiny and its relationship to the Mexican War (1846-48)
  • Identify major economic and social patterns in New Jersey, your State/Province and North America , including population trends, immigration, and migration
  • Discuss how the needs of a growing world population affect the environment and economic growth
  • Describe basic components of North America including landforms, water, weather and climate, human, animal and plant populations
  • Use maps, charts and the basic tools of geography
  • Discuss how ecosystems function both locally and globally
  • Evaluate how human interaction with the environment shapes the features of places
  • Discuss the importance of maintaining biodiversity


  • Use reading, writing, listening, speaking and viewing experiences that lead to a wider and deeper understanding of communication
  • Engage in activities that employ questioning and authentic activities
  • Use differentiated instructional activities that address individual learning styles and diverse student needs
  • Acquire and use reading and literacy skills in all content areas to support learning
  • Engage in activities that use technology as a tool for learning especially as it applies to research and data retrieval
  • Engage in activities that promote vocabulary development and comprehension
  • Engage in activities that promote problem-solving and inquiry skills as critical attributes to learning and communication


Brain research clearly shows implications for student learning when there are links to the arts and to the real world. Students should be provided authentic learning opportunities that motivate them and incorporate the arts with other subject areas.

  • Communicate ideas about the social and personal value of art
  • Explain how works of art communicate significant cultural beliefs or values
  • Experiment with the use of voice and movement in creative drama and storytelling
  • Employ theatrical elements to create and express stories in various cultural settings
  • Create works of art using basic elements of color, line, shape, form, texture and space
  • Recognize how art is part of everyday life
  • Recognize and use various media and materials to create different works of art
  • Examine artwork from a variety of historical periods in both western and nonwestern cultures
  • Recognize works of art from diverse cultures
  • Examine art as a reflection of societal values and beliefs


  • Use real-life experiences, physical materials and technology to construct meaning for numbers
  • Recognize the value of estimates as distinct from an exact answer
  • Identify and describe spatial relationships among objects using size and shape
  • Recognize, describe, extend and create designs and patterns with geometric objects
  • Directly compare and order objects according to measurable attributes
  • Recognize, identify and describe geometric relationships and properties as they exist in nature, art and other real-world settings
  • Use scale to find distance on a map or a scale drawing
  • Convert measurement units
  • Use measurements and estimates to describe and compare phenomena
  • Select and use appropriate tools and units to measure quantities
  • Use graphs, tables, charts and words to recognize, describe, extend and create patterns
  • Use numbers to model rates of change
  • Use patterns, relations and numbers to model situations
  • Collect, generate, record and organize data in response to questions, claims or curiosity
  • Read, interpret, construct, analyze and generate questions and draw inferences from data
  • Use communication to organize and clarify mathematical thinking


  • Use computer applications to conduct research, solve problems, organize and present information and for life-long learning
  • Solve problems individually and collaboratively using computer applications
  • Choose appropriate tools and information resources to support research and solve real-world problems


  • Demonstrate critical-thinking skills
  • Develop positive social skills to interact with others
  • Develop skills for accepting self through awareness of different cultures, lifestyles and attitudes
  • Work cooperatively with others to accomplish a task
  • Identify ethical behaviors in home, school and community
  • Explore the relationship between wants, needs and resources
  • Explain how people can improve their ability to earn income by gaining knowledge, skills and experiences
  • Communicate, analyze data, apply technology and problem-solve
  • Participate as a member of a team and contribute to group effort

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