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Tulip Garden Update: February 13, 1998
Tulips Garden Updates Will be Posted on FRIDAYS:
The first tulips of Spring, 1998 are in bloom! Lockhart Middle School in Orlando, Florida was the first to report this welcome sign of spring. According to gardeners in 17 other states, the growing season of 1998 is now underway. Tulips have emerged in 30 gardens. The location of each of these gardens is listed below, along with their latitude and longitude.
Official JN Garden in Houston, Texas
Using this spring's tulip data, draw the wave (an isopleth) at regular time intervals to show spring's advance. The "given variable" could be "tulips emerged" and your "constant value" could be a certain date. For example, you might choose each Monday's date as the date you'll draw your line. All gardens in which tulips have emerged as of that Monday would be included. You would draw your line by connecting the dots where tulips have emerged. Each week you would draw another line until the wave of spring has advanced across the entire region.
Finally, at the end of the season, you could measure the distances between the waves and determine out how you would complete this sentence:
"Spring advances at the average rate of xx miles per day."
Spring's Journey NORTH?
As you look where tulips have begun to grow, you may be surprised. How would you answer this question?
El Nino and Tulips
Our last Challenge Question asked whether you thought el Nino would affect the growth of tulips this spring. Plan to compare the 1997 & 1998 data regularly this season, and pay attention to temperature trends meteorologists describe. If you think warmer temperatures will cause faster growth, be sure to conduct the "Spring Fever" lesson for tulips so you can quantify this.
Here are some of the thoughts students had about this topic:
Ms. Talbert's seventh grade science class searched on the WWW of different El Nino sites such as USA Today,
National Weather Service and The Santa Rosa Press Democrat newspaper. They decided, "Tulips might bloom earlier
because of warmer weather, more rain and more wind, especially on the west coast. Tulips might rot because of too
much moisture in some places. This might happen here in northern California. In southern California, flooding might
damage tulips. The rainstorms this year appear to be shorter, but harder here. It also appears to be warmer, with
less snow in the mountains here. So our tulips may bloom earlier than last year. We would like to check measured
data from past years to check out our theories."
How to Respond to Today's Challenge Question
How to Respond to Journey North Tulip Challenge Question # 2
1. Address an e-mail message to: firstname.lastname@example.org
2. In the Subject Line of your message write: Challenge Question # 2
3. In the body of the message, give your answer to this question:
Challenge Question #2
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