Milkweed & Monarch Butterfly Mania

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1. We think of Labor Day as a signal that summer is over. But what was it really meant to be?


Use your online search skills to learn the date summer is over.

2. Everyone is worried about energy costs these days.
Check out the U.S. Dept. of Energy's Energy Savers pamphlet to answer the following questions.

a. Landscaping can make a big difference in energy costs. Where should we plant trees
to save on the air conditioning costs of a building?


b. Look at the pie chart How We Use Energy in Our Homes. (see page 6)
Which energy use consumes the most power in a home?


c. Which energy use consumes the least amount of power?


Calculation Power: Your home has electric heat. The January electric bill was $500.00.
Your mom installs an energy saving thermostat. It is set to lower the house temperature when everyone is asleep.
How much money do you expect your family will save using the new thermostat?


TAI (Think about it) How can you help reduce energy use in your home and school?



3. On September 2, 1789, the U. S. Treasury Department was established. What do they do?
List three jobs or departments.




4. On September 14, 1814, Francis Scott Key wrote the lyrics to a song.
I am confident you have heard it and have probably even sung it. Name the song.


Type the first line, of the lyrics of the song. Try doing it from memory.


Calculated to challenge

How many decades has the song been the USA's official national anthem?


5. In 2005, David Berry won an award for his innovations. How did his childhood play prepare him to be an inventor?



6. What does the word "innovations" mean? Online Dictionary (This is a long word to type with lots of chances to make a mistake.
Try highlighting just the word
innovations with your cursor. Go Edit... Copy. Click on the dictionary link.
Click in the search box and go Edit.. Paste. The word
innovations should appear. Click OK.)


Enumerate 2 innovations at your school this school year.


7. On September 22 1776, Revolutionary War hero, Nathan Hale was hanged by the British as a spy.
What is he famous for saying just before he died?


How did the British identify Nathan Hale as a spy?


8. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a great place to visit in the fall.
: a mammal, a bird, a tree, and a reptile you might see during a visit. (Digging in site required)



9. Stop at Look Rock to see for 100 miles on a clear day. What is air pollution doing to the view?



10. In September, Monarch butterflies are on the move. Why?


Based on the map, where do the autumn Monarch Butterflies from your community go?
(Check out the map)


11. What is one of the best ways to keep from getting sick?


When should you do this at school?



13. You have been assigned the task to write an essay on bravery. You decide to open with a quote about bravery.
Select a quote about bravery. Write it here, include the author!


Use an Internet search engine to find some facts about the person you quoted on bravery.
What qualifies them to speak about bravery?



Done already? Excellent!

* Explore Mrs. O's Milkweed and Monarch Butterfly Mania web site

* Solve the History Mystery Message

* Poetic humor - The end of August means back to school for many kids in the USA.
Read a few poems. (Don't groan! They are lots of fun!)

Write the title of the one you liked best. Comment on why you chose it.


* Read the poem "September" by Helen Hunt Jackson. (When I was in 7th grade, I had to memorize it and recite it in front of our class.)
Does it describe what the month is like where you live?
Why or why not?

* Constitution Day & Civics - free resources and activities - September 17th
Observation Science Skills Builders - try one Harness this exercise to improve your memory skills.
Exploring September Civics Activity Explore the night sky with NASA
Type the first stanza of the Star Spangled Banner for keyboarding practice Learn about the Internet - Basics
MathFLIX - perimeter - great free math videos Plants and People
September Science Internet Hunt Activity Alternative Energy and Conservation - pbl

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Released to public domain 5/2008, originally posted 8/2001 updated 8/2023.

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