Garden Update: February 6, 2004
What’s in Store for 2004?
But wait… we can see some green on today’s tulip map. The first Journey North tulips have emerged! But before you look, guess where they are:
In which states, provinces or countries do you think tulips might be growing?
And the award for the first tulips of the year 2004 goes to...
...Now whose do you think will be the first tulips to bloom?
The Stories that Maps Can Tell
Look carefully at the map- what statements can you make from looking at the map? See if you can accurately answer these questions:
NEW THIS SPRING! MapServer Makes Instant Maps
With the click of a mouse you can also read comments from observers, zoom in or out, print maps and/or save them as image files.
Try This: Testing 1,2,3...Put Your "Practice Report" on the Map. Come to the web and test it out.
This is a "beta version," and has not yet been tested by the public. Please give it a try!
What Makes Them Grow?
The weather across much of North America this January won’t be forgotten soon. Record snow fall and below zero temperatures clearly told us THIS IS WINTER! The good news is that spring will eventually come to our locations. But what is involved with springtime? What causes our tulips to emerge out of the soil? Put on your thinking hats and brainstorm all the things that make spring happen. Then pick out your best ideas to answer this:
Predicting Pequot with Statistics
Beam Down to Pequot Lakes, MN! These students have really been dedicated Garden Study scientists. A simple look at their school will tell you this! Their garden site is located near 46.7 degrees North latitude where winter cold can really send a chill down your spine. They have planted tulips for 8 years in a row. Let’s explore their data and make a prediction:
Once you have read through the lesson give those students in Pequot Lakes a hand with predicting spring:
Teacher Tip: Make a Student Portfolio for Assessment
A new Journey North season brings lots of excitement. Students gather information, send in field observations, study maps, calculate migration distances and spend time researching topics of special interest. All of these activities promote rich learning experiences. The challenge is how to organize this vast amount information for project assessment. A creative project portfolio is one answer!
Find out more:
Try This! Spring Fever
Ice melts, leaves emerge and tulips bloom--the winter world comes alive as the earth warms. Scientists have discovered that you can actually measure the amount of heat it takes to make some spring events occur. This accumulated heat is measured in units called "Growing Degree Days". This activity will help students understand this concept. As they measure temperatures each day, they can analyze the role temperature plays in setting the pace of spring's arrival.
Growing Degree Days- Measure and Calculate Tulips
For an additional challenge:
Too Many Tulips?
No such thing! But if younger students are overwhelmed with tulip data, follow the suggestion of 1st grade teacher Patti Prieves:
If you have a teacher tip to share, please let us know!
How to Respond to Today's Challenge Questions:
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