Tulip Garden Update: September 10, 2004
Today's Report Includes:
Follow the Wave of Spring
By sharing observations over the Internet, students across North America will follow the wave of spring as it moves northward and measure its pace from distant places.
Two Stand Alone
The first 2 gardens of 2004 have been planted! Early birds fromSchenectady, NY, and Gallatin, MO got a jump start on the season. How is your garden planning going?
NEW! Downloadable Just-for-Kids Booklet
of kids across North America are doing a fun experiment. They are trying
to figure out when spring reaches their part of the world.
Teacher Tip: Teachers New to the Garden Project
The Tulip Garden Project allows children to explore plant growth and seasonal change by working with a flower that has come to symbolize spring. Visit this project overview that includes pictures and video clips to learn more.
Getting to Know You
But before you take your last look, maybe there are some important things you should know about them:
Your bulbs are the tools you're trusting to gauge spring's arrival. So get to know them before planting.
Bookmark the Tulip Lesson Resource Page to keep handy a list of Journey North Lessons.
More Teacher Tips:
1. Organizing the Garden Project
Each year that Journey North is presented we welcome many first-time teachers and classrooms. In an effort to make managing our projects easier for all participants and especially new ones, we have asked some of our “seasoned” teachers for tips. Here’s a tip to help you get organized:
Find more helpful tips here:
Tulip Project Portfolio
Portfolios can offer great organization tools for keeping track of your Tulip Project. Starting with recording Challenge Question #1, students can keep records of each step of the project. By dedicating a notebook to notes, experiments, maps, pictures and journal questions, records can all be kept safe and permanent for each participant.
What If…? Time to Experiment
What if you planted your tulips upside down? Or 10 inches underground instead of 7, as the planting instructions specify? Would it really matter if you planted them in a warm, sunny courtyard? What would happen if you didn't plant your garden exactly according to the instructions?
Classroom Experiments Wanted
Do you ever wonder what is going on under ground in the garden? What actually goes on under there is kind of mysterious. How can you find out more about the underground environment?
Scientific investigations typically begin with observations of something intriguing or baffling, which in turn, inspire questions. From the time you plant your Journey North garden until the tulips emerge in the spring many things happen under the ground. What kinds of things would you learn if you could “see” what the temperature is underground?
This year try some new technology to answer some your research questions. Read about how data recorder technology can expand your classroom understanding of underground temperature phenomena.
How to Report to Journey North
the "Owl" button to report from your site.Wait 5 minutes then
refresh the map page to see your site pop up on the map. (From the same
button, you can also "Go to the Sightings Database" and read
comments from all gardeners.)
Teacher Tip: Gardens Year After Year
Many teachers choose to participate in the Tulip Garden Study year after year. The project becomes part of their curriculum and provides an ongoing record of the coming of spring in their area. How do you find room for garden plantings year after year? This question is often asked and we have a few suggestions:
National Math and Science Standards and Journey North
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