Tulip Garden Update: February 9, 2001
Today's Report Includes:
First to Break Ground in 2001
The first tulips of 2000 have emerged! But before you look, guess where they are:
And the award for the first tulips of the year 2001 goes to...
Comparing This Year to the Past Two Years
We thought it would be fun to compare the springs in 2001, 2000 and 1999. Take a look:
Print out the three maps and look at them together. What do you see? How do they compare? What is similar and what is different between them? Make lists of the states and provinces where gardens have emerged each year, then compare them by putting your information into a Venn diagram. What caused these differences or similarities? Make a list of the questions you are thinking when you compare them. Then answer these questions:
Unseasonably Warm in the Pacific Northwest!
We can see the results of an unusually warm winter in the Pacific Northwest when we look at today's update map. Gardeners in Delta, British Columbia report an unusually warm January. Students in Lynwood, Washington write to tell us they have had unseasonably mild temperatures in January.
So often we will hear people say things like, "Last winter was the coldest ever," or "We have had the wettest year on record." How do they know these things? I bet there is information that is recorded about the weather, but I wonder how to find it. Scientists have ways of finding data to support them. See if you can do some work to answer this next question:
Eager Scientists Are Tracking Spring in Their Tulip Gardens
Ice melts, leaves emerge and tulips bloom--the winter world comes alive as the earth warms. Don't you just want to plant yourself outside right next to that warming soil and experience all that happens around you? Here is a sampling of reports from students that are eager for action:
Hidden Hollow Elementary in Kingwood, Texas:
Monte Vista Elementary in Phoenix, Arizona:
Sun Power: Graphing the Sun's Power
Scientists have discovered that you can actually measure the amount of heat it takes to make some spring events occur. You can be scientists, too!
Here's an activity that will help students understand what it takes to get plants to grow.
As you measure your tulips collect temperatures each day and then analyze the role the sun plays in setting the pace of spring's arrival.
Teacher Tip: Organizing Your Classroom Tulip Study
Teachers' feedback gives us some of the best tips to pass on. Here are some valuable ideas from veteran Journey North teachers to help you organize your tulip study:
A Tip From Texas
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. Here's what I did:
1) I printed a copy of the map that shows where all Journey North gardens are planted:
2) I took it to the local Kinko's and had it enlarged 320%.
3) I trimmed off the edges so it would go into their laminator--and walked out
with a specialized map for under $5.00.
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