Update: December 8, 2011
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Get ready to think about the science and folklore of weather prediction with the new Test garden in Punxsutawney, the home of Groundhog Day! Expand your thinking to the global climate. Explore the difference between weather and climate. How might the Earth's climates affect plant growth? Share some gardens in the "Spotlight." Study temperatures across the globe in the Map Handout.

Today's Report Includes:

Image of the Week
Punxsutawney Sign

Test Garden in Groundhog's Hometown

Slideshow: The Global Climate

Explore the essential question, "How do the Earth's different climate conditions affect plant growth?" Citizen scientists have planted tulip test gardens in places with different climates. Select a partner garden. Compare characteristics and climates. Predict how your gardens will grow.


Spotlight: Test Gardens

Who is planting a Test Garden This Fall?
From Vermont to California and south to Alabama, students were planting Test gardens last month. Enjoy sharing a few of these garden planting photographs, and then locate each one on the map.

If you are counting you might know that there have been 321 gardens planted since September. Can you find yours on the map?

Planting under the Pin Oaks in Charlottesville
Explore: Tulip Maps

If you have planted and reported in to Journey North your little brown square shows where your garden is located. The month of November brought 143 new gardens. Take a look at the map and learn more about the gardeners across the Northern Hemisphere. Which of these would you chose to be your garden partner?

Study the temperature maps. Compare temperatures across the Northern Hemisphere. What patterns do you see?

tulip map


tulip map
(North America)
More Journey North Lessons and Teaching Ideas!

The Next Tulip Garden Update Will Be Posted on January 5, 2012.