Tulip Garden Update: December 3, 2004
Today's Report Includes:
Since last month’s report a whopping 136 new gardens have been reported planted! Some of these gardens are located in warm climates and will be planted in 2005 after their refrigerated cold treatments.
You can read all the gardeners comments (press the "owl button" and follow instructions under "See Database"). That brings us to a total of 245 for the season so far. Hurry and plant your garden so it will be on the final map published in the next Update Jan. 7.
“Click on the Capital City Garden” Quiz
fun challenge to locate the site of each capital in North America where
a Capital Garden is planted.
Study Guides for the Capitals
Use the maps for a study guide to help you locate all the capital cities. Bookmark this list of cities, states and provinces. Then print your own study sheets!
Albany Educator Spreads the RED…Again
“We sure have been busy planting tulips all over the capital of New York. Thanks again to the generosity of the City of Albany and the city gardener, Judith Stacey, we are proud to have 11 of the city’s public elementary schools participating and one middle school. The elementary schools participating include: School 16, School 18, School 19, School 20, School 27, and Albany School for the Humanities, Arbor Hill ES, Giffen Memorial School, Montessori Magnet Academy, Sheridan Preparatory Academy, Thomas S. O’Brien Academy of Science and Technology. In addition, Hackett Middle School students planted tulips at the Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center….while it was snowing!”
Sooner State Joins Capital City Gardens
Students all over North America are joining in the excitement of planting capital gardens. Here is one example:
Willkommen German Gardeners!
Can you say, “Willkommen Kaiserslautern?”
At Vogelweh Elementary School in Kaiserslautern, Germany, Fifth graders planned the sites and dug the trenches, then helped the younger students so that every student in the school planted a bulb for our garden!
Here's a peek at their planting day.
Visit the Vogelweh Web site to see themore of the German gardeners planting Red Emperor tulips.
Now find Kaiserslautern on your map (49.45 N, 7.78E) and study their location to answer this question:
Celebrate the Solstice
The first day of winter is coming! This year it falls on December 22. In the Northern hemisphere it is the shortest day of the year. We also call this day the winter solstice – and some say it is a day when the sun seems to stand still in the sky. For many people it is a welcome day because afterwards the days lengthen, bringing spring!
Read more about this Celestial event:
You'll be amazed to watch the increase in sunlight while we wait for spring to arrive in the garden. Why not keep track of the daylight increase and the angle of the sun. Start December 22 - grab your meter/yard sticks and head outside to answer this:
Spotlight on Inquiry Strategy
Following the Sun, the record keeping experiment described in this update will generate lots of creative thinking in your classroom. Discussing ideas, data, "ahas," and possible explanations are vital for inquiry-based learning and reflect the way scientists work. Here are some tips to help you lead discussions that foster scientific thinking.
Teacher Tip: Mapping the Tulip Gardens
Jo Leland, who for years managed the Official Journey North garden in Texas is getting smart after all these years: "We'll be tracking tulips on a specialized map that shows where all current gardens are located," says Leland. "This will simplify things for the younger kids and save time (our most precious commodity) for everyone.
Read on to find out what she did:
Pearls of Planting Wisdom
Alton Central School’s 60-excited first graders planted tulips. Here's what they wrote:
The “Spirit” of Planting
Lynbrook South Middle School took time to consider what planting means for many people in the world today.
“We read a Native American prayer named "Earth, Help Us Remember" to get in the 'spirit' of our planting. We worked hard in the cold morning but gained an appreciation for those who have to survive by planting vegetation for food and shelter.”
How to Report to Journey North
Simply press 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.)
How to Respond to Today's Challenge Question
IMPORTANT: Answer only ONE question in each e-mail message.
an e-mail message to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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