A Dance With the Butterflies

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Thursday, March 08, 2007


Originally uploaded by butterflydanceproject.
Miss Hope along with her colleagues traveled with the Monarch Teacher Network to Mexico.
Read all about her adventure at:

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Butterfly Farm

Butterfly Farm
Originally uploaded by SusanSilverman.
When my husband and I visited the butterfly farm at La Loma Jungle Lodge, I couldn't help but think about our project, A Dance With the Butterflies!
It's the winter now, but before long, these beautiful creatures will return.
Sarah and I are planning our spring 2007 project, Lucky Ladybugs.
We hope you join us in this learning adventure.

Friday, February 02, 2007


Originally uploaded by SusanSilverman.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Presentation at NECC

Susan and I have been accepted to present this project at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) National Education Computing Conference (NECC) in Atlanta in June. We are excited and proud to share what you all have done. Thanks for such a great project.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Exciting News from Hope

I just received this message from home and would like to share it with you.
Happy Thanksgiving!

I just received word that I got grant money to go on a Monarch Teacher Network sponsored trip to the Monarch Sanctuary region of Mexico in February! We will be visiting the schools in addition to the sanctuaries. I wish I could take our kids but we decided that they could write books. (Which would be translated into English and Spanish) If any of our Butterfly Buddies would like to participate I would be happy to bring their books, too! I will of course take lots of pictures!

And a Ladybug project in the spring sounds AWESOME!!! I can’t wait!!!!
Best Regards,

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Our Monarch Project

What an amazing season it's been for us,too. I am so glad we can still share our experiences here!
My co-worker and I took a wonderful three day workshop called "Teaching and Learning with Monarch Butterflies from the Monarch Teachers Network. We also particpated in the Symbolic Migration and the children have raised over 50 Monarchs from eggs which were found in our own garden !
We learned how to tag them( It doesn't hurt them or interfere with flight at all) to help the scientists at Monarch Watch track their migration to Mexico.How remarkable it would be to hear that one of "our " butterflies made the trip safely.
The children released the last butterfly a few weeks ago and are already talking about the spring. (Plant milkweed,ladies.. and they WILL come. :)) I posted some photo's on Flkr..but my skills are rusty.. because I can't find them.. but I'll keep trying.
I hope everyone will enjoy nature in all it's glory in every season.
Oh, and I like all of these suggestions from NABA for what a "flock of butterflies" should be called. :)

Tagged for the trip

Tagged for the trip
Originally uploaded by Hope8.

Our summer-fall Monarch Butterfly season has been amazing!
we were able to tag over fifty that we raised from eggs for the trip south~

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Journey South

Hi to all,
Hope the school year is going well.

Our class was participating in one of Marci McGowan's amazing Internet projects, Autumn Across America. We had been thinking about Autumn in Arlington, Massachusetts, our community, when something incredible happened!

One of my students counted over 280 monarch butterflies flying over our own Peirce School playground after school. In investigating their migration, I found a fabulous project through Journey North, entitled Symbolic Migration.

This beautiful butterfly is by Jamie and it's on its way to Mexico!! To see all the children's work go here: http://geocities.com/ljacoby_2000/monarchs.html and to view all our work for the project, see: http://geocities.com/ljacoby_2000/aaa.html. You'll find links to information on Symbolic Migration on this page, as well.