Garden Update: December 2, 2005
A flurry of
planting since last month has brought a total of 313 gardens to the map.
That gives us an additional 152 to watch when springtime comes to the Northern
Hemisphere. Some of these gardens are located in warm climates and will
be planted in 2006 after their refrigerated cold treatments.
Tulip Garden Map
Hurry and plant your garden so it will be on the final map published in the next
Update Jan. 6.
Your bulbs are settled
seven inches underground, the temperature outside (on most parts of the continent)
is dropping, and we're in the darkest time of year. What's going on underground?
Invite students to ponder the conditions their bulbs might be experiencing. Then
gather some materials and go outside to explore air and soil temperatures this
this printable data sheet for recording your data.
Act now if you
are in a cold winter area where your soil freezes in early December. You’ll
be ready to track temperatures as you track the coming of spring across the
Seasonal Change in your Journey North Garden
and print for a ready-made journal.
Click and print
this ready-made journal for keeping your notes and observations.
Starting at planting
time you can capture and reflect on observations, experiences, and data;
add your opinions, theories, and predictions. Even collect the season’s
Challenge Questions and you will have a complete record of your 2005-2006
tulip garden experience all in one book.
Gustavus Students Defend their Planting Date: Answers to CQ #3
"What difference does it make whether you plant your tulips early or late
in the fall? Is it going to be too late for the Gustavus, Alaska tulips to root
before winter? Defend your answer."
and planting dates in Alaska
Students from Edgewood
Elementary in Marysville, OH seem convinced and they have done
some homework. Here’s what they think:
not think it is too late for the Gustavus, Alaska tulips to root before
winter for the following reasons. For instance the average temperature
for November is above freezing. Also Gustavus has a warmer average November
temperature than the other sites in Alaska. Furthermore Gustavus' ground
will probably not freeze until mid December. That is why we do not think
it is too late for Gustavus Alaska tulips to root before winter.
“ We think that Sutton Alaska's tulips will emerge first, because they
planted their tulips first. Also, because the average temperature is warmer than
Palmer, Anchorage and Soldatna and is about one degree colder than Gustavus.”
And now, word
from Gustavus, AK students:
Our soil temperatures in Gustavus Alaska (located on in Southeast Alaska)
are much warmer than the other 4 tulip gardens that are located near Anchorage.
In fact, our soil temperatures are about 20-30 degrees warmer than the
other tulip gardens in Alaska. We just had our first significant snowfall
this week, but the previous three weeks after planting our bulbs, it has
been raining. We think our bulbs had time to root before winter. Our winters
are not as harsh as the other sites and we think that spring will arrive
sooner in Gustavus than in the tulip gardens further north in Alaska. Our
soil will warm up sooner and we predict that our bulbs will emerge before
the other Alaskan gardens.
-the 1-5th grade science class at Gustavus School”
Computer Lab Activity: Interactive Map Skills!
Our interactive map
allows us to take an event you are reporting (tulip planting, monarch sighting,
etc.), automatically calculate its location (latitude and longitude) and display
the information for anyone to use. This all happens within minutes.
This is a terrific
tool that you can use any time. It is a gathering place for real-life data.
How well can you navigate around the map using all of its features? Use this
step-by-step guide to learn some skills, then try a challenging game of hide
on the Classrooms
A quick glance
at this week’s tulip garden map reveals gardens across the ocean on
the European continent. View the gardens on our Interactive Map (click on
Owl button to go there). Then gather your resources to answer the following
questions about these gardens:
- After locating
the gardens, find the latitude and longitude of each garden.
- Study the
satellite map of the locations. Describe where each is located geographically
(for example, think about land masses, surrounding water and proximity
to the equator).
- Where will
spring arrive first? Predict which garden will bloom first. Defend your
answering the questions try THIS!
“ Find gardens in North America that you think will bloom at the same time
as each European garden.”
To respond to
this question, please follow these instructions.
The Next Tulip
Garden Update Will be Posted on January 6, 2006.
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