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Tulips for Kids is a simple, student-directed entry point to Journey North. Engaging booklets, photos, videos, and slide shows from the natural world build observation skills, inspire scientific thinking, and create fertile ground for discussions and new questions!

Teaching Tools Below:

Activity/Lesson Grade* Learning Standards/Themes
When Does Spring Reach Your Hometown? >>
  • Plan and conduct a simple investigation.
  • Identify questions that can be answered through scientific investigations.
  • Use appropriate tools and techniques to gather, analyze, and interpret data.
Tulip Bulbs:
A Survival Tale >>
  • Wild vs. cultivated (compare and contrast)
  • Adaptations for survival
  • Each plant or animal has different structures that serve different functions in growth, survival, reproduction.
The Microclimate Challenge:
Exploring Garden Sites >>
  • Behavioral response to environmental stimulus
  • Current scientific knowledge and understanding guide scientific investigations.
  • Use math in all aspects of scientific inquiry.
Your Tools for Gauging Spring's Arrival >>
  • Plan and conduct a simple investigation.
  • Employ simple equipment/tools to gather data and extend senses.
  • Each plant or animal has different structures that serve different functions in growth, survival, reproduction.
* These general grade designations are based on reading levels. You can adapt any activity to lower grades by reading it as a class or by focusing on simple photo observations.
Science Inquiry Skills Addressed
Comparing and contrasting
Questioning Finding patterns Evaluating ideas
Using evidence to make reasonable explanations Communicating details Applying understandings
Journey North for Kids Teaching Tools

Observation Handouts
Some JN for Kids activities link to simple student observation sheets. You can also select your own from our Gallery of Student Handouts. Print and pass out copies to guide observations of Journey North photos, video clips, and the natural world.

Gallery of Student Handouts >>

Questions to Inspire Observations
Draw from these to build students' observation and thinking skills.

List of Questions >>

Journey North for Kids in the Classroom: Tips from Teachers

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