on the Move
Does it Help Them Survive?
don't seem to move around much, but they are, indeed, on the move.
Have you seen any evidence in your tulip garden?
these tulip photos. (Click for larger pictures.)
These photos show the same Journey North tulip garden at two different
differences do you notice?
do you think caused the tulips to open and close? (If you've
observed this in your Journey North garden, you may have an
do you think having closed blooms might help the plant survive?
do you think having open blooms might help the plant survive?
how tulip flowers open and close by observing your Journey
As your tulips
begin blooming this spring, keep an eye on those flowers.
But first, create a list of questions you have about them.
Then choose one or more to focus on. Here are some ideas to
get you thinking:
tulips open and close at certain times of day?
the temperature affect them?
it matter whether it's sunny or cloudy?
fast do they open?
all flowers open or just some?
older flowers and younger ones do the same thing?
tulips in different locations open (or close) at the same time?
Use the Flowers
on the Move journal page to record your observations. (Or revise
it for your study.)
to make sense of your study by asking these kinds of questions:
patterns did I see? What surprised me?
did my observations "tell" me?
- How would
I answer my question(s)?
- How might
a flower's ability to open and close flower help a plant survive?
Observations: In your neighborhood, look for other examples
of flowers that open and close. Do they show the same patterns
as tulips? If not, how do they differ?
1. Cut some closed tulip flowers (or flowers from another type of plant).
What happens when you bring them in the classroom and put them in a jar of
2. Next, bring in two different flowers and put them in jar of water.
Cover one with a box to block out light. What do you think will happen? What
3. You can try this again and put one in a refrigerator and keep one in the
4. How would you explain your findings?