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May 8, 2008
In our last Update of the spring season we see a lot of red on the
map. Soon most of you will have watched the unfolding of the petals
on your tulip plants. Were you surprised by the way spring spread
across North America? Try a new art project from Cook School to create
a colorful abstract of your tulip flowers. And, a huge thank you for
participating in this big experiment. See you back in the fall!
The map is filled with red as we celebrate May Day today. Gardens
bloomed across the Northeast while students were away for school vacations.
Explore the botany of the tulip flower. Can you identify the parts
of your tulip? What color is the pollen? Visit 5 classes in Altoona,
PA, who planted tulip bulbs in the fall and then proudly posed among
the flowers last week. Photo:
Gardeners report that they are really “seeing” tulip flowers
for the first time. “They have purple pollen,” wrote one
classroom. Go out and create a quiet zone around your garden, then
create a poem using your senses. Try navigating around the map to
find Asia and Europe. And meet some gardeners from around the world.
Tulips can’t travel, but they certainly can move! This week
we explore the movements of tulip flowers as the sun moves across
the sky. Grab your camera or your notebook and watch what happens
in your garden. And snow falls in Wyoming, but the tulips are growing
anyway. What happens when the fickle spring weather brings a snowstorm?
What does a tulip really look like? Explore the attributes of emerging
tulips. Then use a fun art technique to re-create a flower using a
style from Georgia O’Keeffe. Check out the visual project created
by VoiceThread. Learn more about how students can create, comment,
or edit an audio visual presentation. And a hard lesson passes on
after a bed of tulips never emerged.
April 3, 2008
Despite April Fool's Day storms tulips are emerging and blooming across
the map. A closer look may reveal some interesting questions. Why
are the tulips emerging differently on the East and West coasts? Explore
a possible reason for this phenomenon. Focus in on some good questions
for our Expert and submit them this week.
Over half the tulip gardens have now emerged! Many gardens have even
emerged after big snow and rain. The tulip is a hardy plant! What
signs of spring are you seeing in your neighborhood? Look around and
record what you see on the day your tulips emerge and bloom. A great
record for the future. Use the diagram to study flower anatomy when
your tulips bloom. We also share some of the blooming garden pictures
As we celebrate the Spring Equinox we explore conservationist John
Muir’s quote, "When one tugs at a single thing in nature
he finds it attached to the rest of the world." How can tulips
emerge in Alaska before they emerge in MY garden? Put your ideas to
paper. And what might happen if it snows on your tulips? Find out
more this week!
The map is greening up across the continent! Can you describe the
pattern on the map? If your tulips are up are you amazed how they
are growing? Monitor their growth this spring as you record temperatures
and growing conditions. Then slow down and look at the flowers. Study
the parts that make the beautiful whole flower. Meet some gardeners
from La Jolla, CA. And check out our week’s resources.
March 6, 2008
Things are greening up! Study this week’s map and compare it
to the past 2 years. Does the tulip garden map look like the average
temperature map? Compare. With spring around the corner check your
tulips, but also observe other plants this winter and spring. Can
you feel and see hints of spring?
February 28, 2008
Some wacky spring weather has the tulips confused in GA this week,
but they are starting to bloom. Are temperatures ever steady in the
springtime? Learn about an amazing Lego robot that monitors temperatures
in the garden. Experiment with freezing leaves and other things to
understand what is happening when the cold weather hits your emerging
tulips. And does spring really journey north? Dig in and learn more
Just a quick update this week. Things are greening up! Study this
week’s map to see some interesting patterns. Compare February
2008 with past years. With spring around the corner check your tulips,
but also observe other plants this winter and spring. How do they
survive and change?
How do temperatures affect the tulip garden? Temperatures in many
places flip from cold to warm this time of year. How tough are the
tulip plants? We’ll learn about this little plant and how it
has adapted to survive harsh climates. Find out about pigments and
why tulip leaves are red when they first appear. Then try an experiment
with pigments! And how much detail can you see in a photograph?
February 7, 2008
Just a quick update today to give you the latest data for your map.
We’re seeing some green on today’s map. Do you see a pattern
emerging as moderate spring-like temperatures arrive to parts of the
continent? Study the map and predict what it will show in one week’s
time. Watch your gardens closely and report in when you notice your
tulips popping out of the ground.
We have emerging tulips! The New Year brought our first gardens showing
green. Will early emerging tulips be safe from the cold? Find out.
Let’s look at maps. Did you know they can help you predict the
arrival of spring in your neighborhood? Get to know them now so you
can use them this winter and spring.
Get ready to track spring's arrival in the Northern Hemisphere!
Watch for one January update, then weekly TULIP GARDEN UPDATES will
be posted here every Thursday, from February to May. (See schedule
above.) Find out how to report your tulips emerging and blooming
on real-time migration maps >>.