Tulip Garden Update: February 3, 1997
Macalister CollegeThe first tulips have emerged! The following news arrived from Placerville, California on January 6th:
"Hello, Journey North! We returned from winter vacation to find two of our bulbs popping up by about 1 cm. We are really excited to think that what once looked quite dead is going to be a living plant.." Ms. McNealy, Indian Creek ElementaryWithin 2 weeks, tulips emerged in another garden. This time, in one of the10 official Journey North Tulip Gardens on which you based your predictions. The tulips emerged at St. Anne's School in Houston, Texas on January 19th. On January 27, Mrs. Segard's 3rd grade in Pheonix, Arizona reported their exciting news:
"The class went out at 1:30 p.m. MST and discovered one tulip leaf rising from the ground We are really excited about finding this wonderful surprise. We weren't sure if our garden would grow well with the climate and weather we've been having."
You can read comments from each of the gardens below. Here's our first chart summarizing the places tulips have EMERGED in 1997:
This would be a good time to revisit the predictions you made last fall for blooming dates at each of the 10 sites. Does anyone want to change their predictions after reading today's news?
How to REPORT:
Ice-Breaker Round Two
We've provided temperature charts to help you organize your data. Print them out and use them to exchange data. (Of course, teachers will need to exchange snail mail addresses in secrecy!) In all of these activities, students should be encouraged to make predictions and regularly compare their predictions with actual results.
By the way, for a daily look at temperatures in North America, visit our "Today's News" page. Press the button with the sun and you'll find this "live" temperature map every day, thanks to Purdue Univeristy's Weather Processor. If you watch this map carefully, it map may help you locate your partner garden.
Here one teacher describes their "ice-breaker" exchange: (Don't worry, we won't reveal her identity!)
"My classes are so anxious to communicate with others via e-mail that we thought up our own clues to mail off. First, we decided to tell the temperature of the day and some other weather facts, such as it's raining again here. Then we figured we wouldn't be giving too much away if we talked about our physical environment. So my students are sharing that we live about an hour's drive away from an ocean and we live in a valley surrounded by mountains covered with forest."
If you have successes you'd like to share, send a note to email@example.com
Today's Challenge Question
Tulip Challenge Question #1
(To respond to this Challenge Question, please follow the instructions at the bottom of this page.)
Keep in mind that:
If you don't have a soil thermometer, we highly recommend you get one! They cost about $10 and can be ordered from your local hardware store. Students can collect soil temperatures all spring as their garden grows. They are sure to look at the world in a new way. As one student was overheard saying, "I never knew you could take the earth's temperature!"
Using this thermometer students can ask:
Gardens in the News
Here are comments from the schools featured in today's report:
How to Respond to Journey North Tulip Challenge Question #1
1. Address an e-mail message to: firstname.lastname@example.org
2. In the Subject Line of your message write: Challenge Question #1
3. In the body of the message, give your answer to this question:
"How cold do you think the soil in our garden was when the air temperature measured -2 F?"
Please give reasons for your answer! Did you guess? Did you base your decision on temperatures in your own garden? Did you find this information in a book, magazine or other resource?
The Next Tulip Garden Update Will be Posted on February 14, 1997.