It’s springtime, and animals are on the move—migrating long distances and facing extreme challenges along the way.
Migration is a powerful compulsion, but it’s also very dangerous. Why do animals do it?
They migrate to find warmer weather, better food supplies, or a safe place to give birth to their young.
The ten featured species Going Home: The Mystery of Animal Migration offer a broad representation of migration: loggerhead turtles, monarch butterflies, manatees, ruby-throated hummingbirds, Pacific salmon, Canada geese, California gray whales, caribou, Arctic tern, and emperor penguin.
Did you know?
- Monarch butterflies travel north in the spring, and lay eggs on milkweed pants. Then they die. Their offspring continue the migratory journey.
- Arctic terns travel 20,000 miles every year, traveling over the ocean almost all the time.
- Ruby-throated hummingbirds’ wings beat about 75 times a second as they make an amazing 500 mile non-stop crossing of the Gulf of Mexico during their migration.
- Caribou travel in herds of up to 100,00 animals and are almost always on the move.
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LESSON PLAN: The Mystery of Migration Reader’s Theater
This lesson will capture your students interest in the phenomena of migration as they learn about the ten species featured in the book.