Tulip Garden Update: February 11, 2000

Today's Report Includes:

First to Break Ground in 2000
The first tulips of 2000 have emerged! But before you look, guess where you think they are:
• In which states, provinces or countries do you think tulips might be growing?

And the award for the first tulips of the year 2000 goes to...

....Now whose do you think will be the first tulips to bloom?

How Long Does it Take a Tulip to Grow?
It should be easy to answer that question using information from a few Journey North gardens. Look at the dates each of the following gardens was planted, and the dates that the tulips emerged. Now count how many days it took for them to grow.

 Town State/Prov Planted Emerged # Days Klein TX 01/06/00 01/24/00 Palo Alto CA 12/02/99 02/01/00 Walkertown NC 11/03/99 02/09/00

What's going on here? How would you complete these sentences?

Challenge Question #5
"It took only ____ days for tulips in Klein, TX to emerge. It took ____ days for the tulips in Palo Alto, CA to emerge and ____ days in Walkertown, NC. Therefore, the _____ must have been very different in those three places."

Challenge Question #6
"Do you think counting the number of days is a good way to describe how long it takes tulips to grow? What other information do you need to know about those days?"

(To respond to these questions, please follow the instructions below.)

Note to Teachers
In preparation for the February 25 update, learn about "Growing Degree Days"

A Tip From Texas
Jo Leland, who has managed the Official Journey North garden in Texas since 1996, is getting smart after all these years:

"We'll be tracking tulips on a specialized map that shows where all current gardens are located," says Leland. "This will simplify things for the younger kids and save time (our most precious commodity) for everyone. Here's what I did.

1) I printed a copy of the map that shows where all Journey North gardens are planted.

2) I took it to the local Kinko's and had it enlarged 320%.

3) I trimmed off the edges so it would go into their laminator--and walked out with a specialized map for under \$5.00.

Jo Leland, Kingwood, Texas (Jo.Leland@humble.k12.tx.us)
How to Respond to Today's Challenge Questions

Important: Answer only ONE question in each e-mail message.

1. Address an e-mail message to: jn-challenge-tulip@learner.org
2. In the Subject Line of your message write: Challenge Question #5
(or Challenge Question #6)
3. In the body of the message, answer ONE of the questions above.

The Next Tulip Garden Update Will be Posted on February 25, 2000.