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Tulip Garden Update: September 18, 1998

Today's Report Includes:

Who Will be First?
We're watching the WWW site daily to see who will plant the 1st Journey North garden this fall. As soon as you plant YOUR garden, be sure to let us know! In next month's update, we'll have plenty to report to you.

Anatomy of a Bulb
Look Closely Before Planting
Your tulip bulbs have arrived and you're about to bury them underground. But before you take your last look, maybe there are some important things you should know about them:

Are all the bulbs in the class alike?
How might their differences affect their growth rates?
What do bulbs look like inside?
Where will next spring's leaves and flowers come from?

Your bulbs are the tools you're trusting to gauge spring's arrival. So get to know them before planting. This lesson shows you how to weigh, measure & learn the anatomy of your bulb before planting:

Thanks to our Official Gardeners!
Special thanks to our 13 "Official" Journey North Garden sites for volunteering to carry on the tradition for another year. Because data are collected at these same sites year after year, we can compare spring's pace from one year to the next. We thank these schools for making this possible:

Official Site (Lat, Long) Gardeners
Anchorage, Alaska (61.21 N, -149.86 W) Sand Lake Elementary
Boston, Massachusetts (42.36 N, -71.05 W) Joyce Middle School
Hood River, Oregon (45.57 N, -121.65 W) Westside Elementary
Houston, Texas (29.75 N, -95.36 W) Kingwood Elementary
Bad Kreuznach, Germany (49.40 N, 7.700 E) Bad Kreuznach Elementary
Mississauga, Ontario (43.50 N, -79.59W) Marvin Heights Public
Franklin, Tennessee (36.16 N, -86.77 W) Oak View Elementary
Newport-on-Tay, Scotland (56.40 N, -3.00 W) Newport Primary
Palo Alto, California (37.44 N, -122.14 W) Barron Park Elementary
Pequot Lakes, Minnesota (46.67 N, -94.24W) Pequot Lakes School
Salt Lake City, Utah (40.77 N -111.92 W) Eastwood Elementary
Utsjoki, Finland (69.90 N, 26.00 E) Utsjoen saamelaislukio
Washington, D.C. (38.93 N, -77.05 W) Thoreau Middle School

Challenge Question #1
"In what order do you think the 13 Official gardens will bloom next spring? List the 13 sites in order, from 1st to last."

To respond to this question, please follow the instructions at the end of this report.

Notes to Teachers

Fall Lessons
The following lessons are available for fall activities in your classroom:

National Science Standards and Journey North
We've prepared a rubric to summarize how the International Tulip Study's 8 fall lessons support the standards (U.S.A. only)

How to Respond to Today's Challenge Question:

1. Address an e-mail message to: jn-challenge-tulip@learner.org
2. In the Subject Line of your message write: Challenge Question # 1
3. In the body of the message, answer the Challenge Question.

The Next Tulip Garden Update Will Be Posted on October 16, 1998

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