Tulip Garden Update: October 11, 2002
Today's Report Includes:
The First Journey North Gardens Have Been Planted!
So far 21 gardens have been planted!
Here are some of the gardener's comments:
10/08/02 Aspen, CO (39.12N, -106.8W) “Our 2nd grade class planted 50 bulbs --- Our elevation is 8000 feet above sea level - we have been getting frost every night and are expecting snow this weekend.” Denise Vetromile’s Second Grade Class at Aspen Elementary
10/01/102 Hartland, VT (45.02N, -72.09W) “Nineteen third graders planted one tulip each following the method and one experimental bulb that did not go in the ground with the point facing up. We used a raised garden bed. The air and soil were both 64 degrees F. We used a coordinate grid and everybody had their own box. We had fun. We made predictions of when our tulips would bloom.” Ginny White’s Third Graders at Hartland Elementary School
09/26/102 Kalispel, MT (48.08N, -113.7E) “Our two fourth grade classes planted 46 tulips. We will use this project to promote scientific inquiry among the students. We are also looking forward to the math, geography, internet use, etc. to show our students that science is fun!” Jean Paschke’s Forth Graders at Cornelius Hedges Elementary
09/06/102 Utsjoki, Finland (69.90 N, 26.00 E) “Our florist informed us to plant the bulbs quite early so that they'll have time to root before the cold winter. So we did it in good time, on September 6, 2002. The tulip beds on both sides of the school building seem to be a good place. We look forward to seeing them blooming next year, too!” Utsjoen saamelaislukio School
10/04/102 Lakota, ND (45.02N, -98.34W) “This is
our 4th year of participating in the JN project. We are as excited as
ever! Our senior citizen helper came to school to help us again.”
Shirley Ferguson’s First Graders at Lakota Elementary
Chalk One Up in Dainville
The Koch's homeschool, planted their tulip bulbs in the chunky, chalky soil of their French garden in Dainville (50.0N, 2.0E), on Sept. 30. As part of their project they’re recording the experiment electronically with digital images. They recently sent Journey North these words and pictures (view on the JN Web site).
Choosing a site with good soil is important to consider when planting your tulips. How will all that chalk in the soil affect the French tulips? Study up on soil components and then answer this:
Predicting the Arrival of Spring
In the 1950s, Edwin Way Teale took a 17,000 mile journey following the wave of spring across North America. As a conclusion he wrote, “Spring advances up the United States at the average rate of about 15 miles a day. It ascends mountainsides at the rate of about a hundred feet a day.” How long do you predict it will take the spring of 2003 to show across the world?
Bulbs on Top of Bulbs! Experimental Design
A simple bulb in the palm of your hand can stimulate all kinds of ideas for curious students. What if you planted your tulips upside down? Or 10 inches underground instead of 7, as the planting instructions specify? Or one on top of the other? What would happen if you didn't plant your garden exactly according to the instructions?
Designing your own experiments in addition to the official Journey North garden is one way you can hope to find some answers in the spring. View this mini-video clip to help you get excited about designing an experiment that will answer your own challenging question next spring.
(This mini-video is designed to run on the software, Windows Media Player. If your browser isn’t showing you this video you will need install Windows Media Player, free software.)
How to Map Fall Data
Doesn't this make you wonder?
Valentine Predicts Red Tulips in Dainville First!
In our first update we asked, “Will the tulips bloom first in the Koch’s new garden in Dainville, or their home town of Tremont, Illinois?”
Valentine Elementary in Valentine, Nebraska responded with their prediction that the tulips in Dainville will bloom first, before their hometown’s school garden in Tremont, IL.
How did you come to your prediction? Here are some helpful ideas for comparing two places when making predictions:
Responding to Challenge Question #2 -Taking the Challenge
This year Mrs. Ferguson’s First Graders are taking the Micro-Climate challenge! These gardeners have enjoyed playing with Mother Nature in years past by fooling their tulips into emerging early. She writes,
This year her students will plant their official tulip garden according
to the International Plant Study protocol. Won’t they be surprised
to compare the two gardens!
How to Report to Journey North
Simply press the "Owl" button to report from your site. (From the same button, you can also "Go to the Sightings Database" and read comments from all gardeners.
How to Respond to Today's Challenge Question
IMPORTANT: Answer only ONE question in each e-mail message.
1. Address an e-mail message to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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