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Tulip Garden Update: December 12, 1997

The darkest days of the year are now upon us, and the coldest days of winter are still ahead, but 199 gardens are now safely tucked into the ground, and students across the north are waiting for spring.

(If you've planted a garden and your NOT on this list, be sure to report to Journey North! Simply press the "owl" button and a Field Data Form will appear.)

Gardens in the News
"We planted our tulips just in time," reported Centennial School in Polo, IL (jconkrit@leeogle.lth2.k12.il.us). "We found out the ground was starting to freeze already. We didn't think it froze so quickly in the fall." Mr. Sterling's students in Anchorage, Alaska described their planting as an "interesting" experience. "We had a warm fall (dare I blame El Nino?) and I thought we would have no problem with getting bulbs in the ground a little late. Then things got cold and we had to chisel away a space in the ground for planting. " (sterling@corecom.net)

Meanwhile, students in sunny southern California, San Antonio Elementary Magnet School could use some of Alaska's cold. "We have placed our tulip bulbs into the refrigerator in order to prepare them for our January 4th, 1998, planting." (jethirve@lausd.k12.ca.us ) Similarly, students at Alice Harte Elementary in New Orleans report: "We have to wait until January to plant, and it has been interesting to learn why. We studied plants in September and students experimented with planting bulbs upside down, sideways, and right side up. They were able to see first hand phototropism and geotropism in action. " Margaret Wells (ahe@iamerica.com)

"Cantiague Elementary in Jericho, NY had their first Journey North 'kickoff' on the front lawn of the school," reported teacher Amy Rothe. "Kindergarten and 5th grade classes planted our tulip bulbs as the entire school surrounded the tulip bed (in the shape of a tulip).We were fortunate enough to have great media coverage for this event! Two television stations and a local newspaper covered our story, and we put Journey North "on the map" on Long Island! (amy_rothe@mail.jericho.k12.ny.us)

Across the Atlantic Ocean in Kaiserslautern, Germany, "Over twenty parents helped plant tulips, so that every one of the over 500 children in the school could participate in this world-wide project." Kaiserslautern Elementary School

Phenology is:
The study of seasonal changes in nature, as influenced by weather and climate.

As the seasons change, how do the living things in your region respond?

About the
Phenology Data Exchange

Time to Choose Your Partner
It's time to make contact with another school so you can exchange data --and make new friends. For this purpose, we have opened a new section of the Journey North WWW site called the "Phenology Data Exchange". In response to teachers' requests, we've designed the exchange so that you can select your partner by grade level, as well as the geographic location.

Therefore, please read these instructions very carefully:

How to Participate in the Phenology Data Exchange

Step 1
Add Your Name

1. Send E-mail to: jn-exchange@learner.org

2. In the Subject Line write: Your State/Province and Grade

For Example:
Grade 7, Alaska
Grade 5, Ontario
Grade 2, Scotland

3. In the Body of message: Introduce yourself and briefly outline your goals for the exchange.

Step 2
Choose Your Partner

1. Come to the Phenology Data Exchange section of the Journey North WWW site.

2. Visit regularly. Watch for a posting from a teacher you'd like to contact. Send e-mail directly to that teacher.

What Do We Exchange and When?
It's completely up to you! This project is designed to be flexible, so partner teachers can meet their own unique needs. Each group with need to consider many variables--the age of their students, the subject areas being taught, school calendars, seasonal differences due to geography, their access to computers, etc.) However, throughout the Journey North program, we will offer suggestions for your collaborative projects such as these :

Shhhh?It's a Secret
Rather than tell your students where your partner school is located, we suggest keeping this a secret. Challenge your students use nature's clues to find their partner.

Happy New Year!

The Next Tulip Garden Update Will be Posted on Janauary 16, 1998.