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Tulip Garden Update: November 13, 1998

Today's Report Includes:

Digging In!
Another 105 gardens have been planted since last month's update, for a grand total of 145 gardens! Have you planted a tulip garden yet?? There's still plenty of time if you act quickly. Be sure to report your garden so we can include it in the study.

In Swarthmore, Pennsylvania (39.90 N,-75.35 W), students from Robin Saunders' class reported planting their tulip bulbs on October 28. They said "we're looking forward to charting spring along the Eastern Seaboard but have noticed that there are not too many gardens planted yet south of us!!!" This is a good reminder to you schools in the southern states--Zones 8-11--to remember to report your gardens:

"Across the pond" in Scotland, (56.40 N, -3.00 W), another international garden has been planted. Mrs. Miller reported that her students planted their garden on October 30, 1998.

Back in Chaska, MN (44.80 N, - 93.63 W), two classrooms learned that you just never know what "artifacts" you might discover when you plant a tulip garden. Mrs. Rienstra's and Mrs. Grave's class "thought they found a dinosaur egg--only to discover they had dug up potatoes planted the previous spring! In our digging, we found several earthworms and an acorn buried deep! The children learned how to use a trowl, a ruler, and thought the tulip bulbs looked like huge chocolate chips!"

Today's Tulip Garden Data

How to Report to Journey North
Thanks to everyone listed above for sending their news. If you have planted a garden and you are NOT on this list, please report to Journey North.

Report Your SightingsSimply press the "owl" button and a Field Data Form will appear. (From the same button, you can also "Go to the Sightings Database" and read comments from all gardeners.)

Challenge Question #3
You'll be busy mapping today's data, but we hope you'll have time to consider this question:

Challenge Question #3
"If you put today's data on your map in the same order as the gardens were planted (from the earliest date to the most recent date), how would you describe the geographic pattern you see? Do you think the gardens will grow and bloom in the same order? Why or why not?"

How to Respond to Today's Challenge Question:

1. Address an e-mail message to: jn-challenge-tulip@learner.org
2. In the Subject Line of your message write: Challenge Question #3
3. In the body of the message, answer the Challenge Question.

The Next Tulip Garden Update Will Be Posted on December 11, 1998

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