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Collection Tier:
Tier 3

Butterfly, Danaus plexippus

Male monarch butterfly; collected Torch Lake, MI.  Mounted reverse.
July 12 1911
Current Location Status:
Education Program
Gift Of H. E. Sargent
Investigate: Plant & Animal Adaptations (September 2018)
During the Investigate program, students will take the role of Museum curators and use close observation and critical thinking to discover the origin, meaning, and importance of real objects from the Museum’s Collection. 

Student Objectives:
  • Learners will be able to analyze primary sources (specimen) and make inferences about them based on detailed observations.
  • Learners will be able to describe what an adaptation is and be able to provide examples of adaptations specific animals and plants use to survive in their habitats. 
Curriculum Connections:

Curriculum Connections:

  • NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas: From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes; Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
  • NGSS Science and Engineering Practices: Constructing Explanations; Engaging in Argument from Evidence
  • Michigan K-12 Social Studies Standards: P1 Reading and Communication, P2 Inquiry Research and Analysis