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Gail Skroback Hennessey taught for over 33 years, teaching sixth grade in all but two years. She earned a BA in early secondary education with a concentration in social studies and an MST in social...
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Using News for Creative Writing-Monarch Butterfly Carried to Great Britain by Hurricane Isaac!

Using the news for creative writing.
A monarch butterfly migrating from North America to Mexico made an unexpected detour-to Great Britain. It is believed that Hurricane Isaac caused the tiny butterfly to be carried 3500 miles across the Atlantic Ocean!

The left wing of the orange, white and black monarch butterfly is damaged. It was spotted near the Portland Bird Observatory on the Isle of Portland,Dorset, Great Britain. Butterfly enthusiasts are coming to the facility to catch a glimpse of monarch butterfly.Some do not believe a monarch could have made such an amazing trek and say that it may be a monarch butterfly raised in Great Britain that flew the coop. Only the tiny butterfly ,with its four inch wingspan,knows its true origins!

Word of the day:lepidopterist:a scientist who studies of butterflies, moths and similar insects. Write 3 sentences using the word lepidopterist.

Helpful link: Learn about monarch butterflies:

Draw/color a picture of a monarch butterfly. Write a haiku poem(or other type of poem) about the monarch.
Make a list of descriptive phrases to describe the monarch butterfly. Using similes and metaphors to describe the coloring of the monarch butterfly, its fluttering and how it gathers nectar, etc.
Pretend you are a monarch butterfly. Describe your adventure being caught up in the winds that carried you across the Atlantic to Great Britain. What do you see? Hear? Feel? What are you thinking about as thousands of people with cameras are trying to catch a glimpse of you as you rest on some plants gathering nectar?
Do an interview with another student with one being the reporter and the other the monarch butterfly. Tell about your adventure.

Hope you find this of value to use with your students.

Gail Hennessey