these reading strategies before diving into the booklet/slideshow with
students. Select those that fit with your teaching goals and grade
Author’s Purpose: How do you know when it's
springtime? Will spring come
at a certain time in our hometown? Does spring arrive at
different times depending on where you live?
major seasons do we experience in our hometown?
signals that it is springtime?
does your life change with each season?
that seasons change because the Earth's axis is tilted. This causes
the suns rays to strike the Earth at different angles as it revolves
around the sun. Discuss how we can do an experiment to learn when
spring comes to our hometown and different parts of the world.
Information: We can learn when spring comes to all
the different garden locations when we participate in this
fun experiment - even our own garden. What are the steps that
are needed to carry out this
experiment everyone has to plant their garden according to
the same rules. Make a list of the steps as you read through
the book (Include studying the bulbs, planting the garden,
events - planting,
Meaning from Photographs:
your hometown on the map.
is a clue here
about the experiment - what is she examining?
requires digging holes the same depth in all the
you tell where spring has arrived on the map? (Which gardens
are showing green triangles?)
planting your tulip garden you become an official part of the
- What generalizations can we make about
the gardens represented on the map?
you see a springtime pattern emerging?
some still brown squares (not yet showing any
can some gardens already be blooming when others
aren't even emerged?
do you think a tulip is a good plant to symbolize
is it important that all the tulip gardens are planted
in the same way?
READING: EXTENDING LEARNING
gardens on the map. Which ones will be the next to
emerge, to bloom? If your garden was on the map would it
be brown, green or red? Guess what month this map shows (March
outside and observe what is happening in your hometown. Would
you declare springtime has arrived? Predict when spring might
map and predict which
garden locations will bloom first, Minneapolis or Seattle.
Describe why you think so.
- Now look
up each garden location in the Journey North archives (Spring
see if your prediction was accurate.