How Milkweeds Defend Against Monarchs


Everyone knows monarch caterpillars eat milkweed leaves — but we don’t often think about what that means for the milkweed plants. Students examine data from a real-world experiment to explore how different milkweed species might protect themselves from these hungry monarch caterpillars.

Each Data Nugget comes with three student versions, based on the type of graphing skills required. Type A activities provide the graph for the students (allowing a focus on graph interpretation, making claims based on evidence, and explaining reasoning), Type B activities provide axis labels but requires students to graph the data, and Type C provides an unlabeled grid on which to draw a graph.

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