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Tracking a Sign of Spring
Exploring Climate and Plant Growth Around the Globe
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Introduction

Springtime events occur at different times in different places. Track Tulip Test Gardens to discover how different climate conditions affect plant growth.

Essential Question
How do Earth's different climate conditions affect where, when, and how plants grow?


Set the Stage for Learning

1. Display cover. Assess prior knowledge:

  • What is spring? When does spring arrive?
  • Why do seasonal changes occur at different times in different places around the world?
  • How could tulip bulbs be used to track seasonal changes across the globe?
  • Where do you think tulips emerge and bloom first in the spring and why?
booklet cover
2. Preview images using the Photo Gallery. On chart paper, post the question: How do Earth's different climate conditions affect where, when, and how plants grow? Have students make predictions based on details they see in the photos.
gallery of images

3. Preview vocabulary using Word Cards. Have students read aloud each word and share how the words may be related to the question: How do Earth's different climate conditions affect where, when, and how plants grow?

wordcards
View the Slideshow

Read through the pages of the slideshow together. Stop occasionally to spotlight key words and ideas or ask questions. Encourage students to share their own questions.

After-Reading Ideas

1. Start planning your own Tulip Test Garden.

2. Start a Tulip Test Garden Journal.
Preview journal pages that will help students reflect on their experiences with the tulip test garden project.

3. Define Spring
Have students find definitions of spring using a variety of resources. Extend the challenge by having them define: seasons, astronomical spring, ecological or phenological spring, equinox, solstice, and
phenology. Research the causes and timing of seasonal changes.


Wrap Up

1. Observe and Wonder!
Take your students outside with notebooks and pencils. Have them look carefully at different places where tulips could be planted. Have them sketch details and wonder about how temperatures, sunlight, geographic location, and other variables could influence plant growth — and other seasonal changes that take place in the springtime.

2. Track a Sign of Spring with Tulip Test Gardens
Plant your garden, make observations, report to the map, and watch the wave of spring as it moves across the globe.

 

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