How Milkweeds Defend Against Monarchs

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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.

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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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