May 3, 2013
by Mrs. Hamman

Mystery Class Update

We identified all ten Mystery Classes and were one of the winners of the contest!

At our school we’ve been talking about feeling proud about something you’ve accomplished. We definitely feel proud that we found all the Mystery Classes! We wrote in this blog post about how we worked to find them. It took a lot of effort and perseverance to figure out all the clues. In fact, we struggled over Mystery Class 8 until the last day of the contest, when a small group finally figured out it was in Antananarivo, Madagascar.

This was such a fun project! We enjoyed learning about the changing seasons and the cultures of so many interesting places.

Here is the actual list of classes, courtesy of Journey North. Have you heard of all these cities?

October 4, 2012
by Mrs. Hamman

Migrating Monarchs

Have you ever seen a Monarch butterfly? This is what they look like:

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Monarchs are amazing creatures. We have been learning about them through a citizen science project called Journey North. We learned that every fall, butterflies born in the U.S. and Canada start on an incredible migration journey to a spot in Mexico where their ancestors were born. The trip takes several months and covers as much as 4,000 kilometers! There are the questions we have been studying over the past few weeks (thank you to Journey North for these guiding questions):

  • How do the monarchs know when to go to Mexico?
  • How do they know which way to fly?
  • How fast, how far, and how high do they travel?
  • And how do they know when they have arrived–at a small speck on the planet where none has ever been before?

We are participating in a Symbolic Migration.  When the Monarchs arrive at their destination in Mexico in November, local schoolchildren are excited to see them and protect them in their winter sanctuary. We sent a batch of paper butterflies that we made to the children in Mexico to thank them for their work. In the spring we’ll receive our own package of butterflies from somewhere in North America. We’re excited to see how far our butterflies will travel! Here’s a map showing the packages which were sent so far in the Symbolic Migration—click on Arizona to see ours!

Here is a Smilebox showing us creating our package of butterflies to send to Mexico.

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Do any of your local animals migrate when the seasons change?




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