Garden Update: November 7, 2003
Our Way with 134 and Counting
October's report there were 23 gardens reported planted, but the word got
out around the globe! So far 134 gardens have been planted!
plant your garden so it will be on the final map published in the next
Update Dec. 5.
Here are a few of the gardener's comments:
Just in Time
We planted our tulips on a Wednesday (10/22). The temperature was 17 degrees
C, the ground was dry and compact and digging was difficult at first but
improved as we dug deeper. We now, on November 4th, have 6 inches of snow
on the ground and temperatures in the -2 degrees to 0 degrees C.
53 kindergartners planted tulip bulbs (10/22) by the front door to our
school. Our custodian dug out the planting area. They are wondering what
will come from these "Mystery Things." We will be reading the
books "Bear's Eggs" and "An Extraordinary Egg" to
encourage them to speculate as to the results. The children will also
plant tulip bulbs in pots for forcing, and then we will discuss the difference
in growth and the reasons for these differences.
Tulips and Weather
I procrastinated long enough--snow is in the forecast so I dug in (careful
to not dig up any toads) and planted my tulips today!
of Tulip Project Hits the Press!
in Brattleboro,VT made the local news. Approximately 120 students from the
K-5 school planted tulips and it’s reported that they are really excited
about predicting when spring will be arriving around the continent.
students in the news
Here is their report:
“We planted our tulips in the courtyard of our school today. It was
such a great event that the local newspaper reporters came and took pictures
and wrote a story. They say it will be in tomorrow's paper! It was very
cold and rainy today. We bundled up and went out and got a little muddy.
We were glad that the rain will help the tulips be happy under the ground.
The bulbs will take a long rest- hibernate, and then come up right outside
not share the excitement of participating in this scientific study with
the News and Share the Bulbs
Each year as we watch the map fill up with tulip gardens we wonder what
it would be like if there were twice as many sites to help us predict spring’s
arrival in North America. Do you see a place on the map that needs some
tulips planted? You can help!
Why not send a note to a friend in a place that needs a garden site? Wouldn’t
it be neat to set them up so you and your classroom could share information
about your 2 gardens? You might even send them some Red Emperor bulbs to
get started. It would be fun to see who can find the garden site that is
the farthest away.
“Who did you find to be your Garden Buddy? How many miles away
do they live?”
respond to this question, please follow the instructions below.)
Take the Challenge (#4) to Ask, “What if..?”
Young scientists all across the country took the time to fill in the blank:
“What would happen if…?” and planted experimental tulip
gardens. Read what some of them have done:
Our experimental garden contains bulbs planted at 4 inches deep, 9 inches
deep, and upside down. We will consider other locations for planting
to test the microclimate.
Kistler's 3rd Grade
Cub Run Elementary
Cub Run, KY
We planted 2 bulbs two inches down, 2 four inches down, and 2 seven
inches down in another plot. Then we can see if depth of planting makes
a difference. We took a picture of our class to commemorate the occasion.
and Facing East
We planted 13 bulbs in 2 sections, following the Journey North directions.
We decided to change one variable in the remaining two sections of the
garden. In the third area we planted 9 bulbs upside down. In our last
section, we planted 9 bulbs facing east.
On October 13th we planted 61 tulip bulbs. Students tried to accurately
measure the planting depth and distance apart. Six bulbs were planted
in an experimental plot near a building foundation.
20 bulbs were planted in the bed (according to the directions) and 10
experimental bulbs were planted elsewhere. Some of the places were under
trees, in holes deeper and not as deep as the directions stated, and
some were in flower pots.|
Cedar Rapids, IA
Our 7-8th graders planted 25 tulip bulbs today. We also planted another
25 with different variables such as depth, bulb orientation, and bone
and Cycles: Indoor Bulb Experiments
waiting for your garden to grow, you can use the time to experiment with
"Forcing" bulbs can bring your experiments conveniently closer
to your classroom.
Try it now!
Experiments: Starting with a Good Question
a new tool to carry out experiments is like playing with a new toy. We found
this out with the excitement shared by so many Journey North classrooms.
It’s exciting to think about the possibilities for tulip planting
research, but carrying out meaningful and authentic experiments in the classroom
always starts with formulating good questions.
a good question takes some thought
Find out more, practice and learn to put good questions before your experiment
will be First? Revisiting Challenge Question #5
Last month we welcomed 2 gardens, both planted at 60N latitude. Although
planted at the same latitude, these 2 gardens are located on separate continents.
This map shows the gardens at Haines High School in Haines, Alaska (59,-135)
and the Mikela School in Espoo, Finland (60, 21).
will re-visit these gardens later in the season, so in the meantime to
help you with your prediction learn about the climates of both regions
and answer this:
the planting sites similar and different?
Tips: New Inquiry Strategies
From creating a climate for Inquiry in your classroom to generating questions
to engage young minds, these helpful tips will guide and stimulate your
to Report to Journey North
As soon as you
plant YOUR garden, be sure to let us know! In next month's update, we expect
to have many garden locations to report to you.
Don't forget to report when you have PLANTED
your Journey North Garden
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.
to Respond to Today's Challenge Question
Answer only ONE question in each e-mail message.
an e-mail message to: firstname.lastname@example.org
2. In the Subject Line of your message write: Challenge Question #7.
3. In the body of the message, answer ONE of the questions above.
The Next Tulip Garden Update Will be Posted on December 5, 2003.
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