Taylor third graders are currently conducting a live experiment here at the school. With the help of the Journey South program, these young scientists are out to discover when spring comes to Taylor Elementary.
This week, students had an opportunity to closely observe and study plant bulbs. Volunteers from Thanksgiving Point facilitated a bulb dissecting and diagramming activity with the students, while discussing the anatomy of tulip bulbs. The volunteers, Sam and Spencer, also taught the students five things all scientists do: observe, hypothesize, research, experiment, and share.
Each student was then given their very own Emperor Tulip bulb to plant in a freshly tilled bed on the south side of the school. In connection with the Utah science core curriculum, the third graders will be studying the relationship between living things and the sun over these next few months as they seek to discover when spring actually begins.
It is now up to the students to act as real scientists and perform the tasks they learned scientists must do. With their observation journals ready and waiting to be recorded in and their tulip bulbs carefully tucked-in under exactly six inches of topsoil, the students can hardly wait for their garden to grow. The rest of us here at Taylor are looking forward to seeing the school’s new flowers and hearing our third grade scientists share their results.
A special thanks goes out to Journeys South, Thanksgiving Point, Sam, Spencer, Mr. Daybell, Mr. Lowe, and Mr. Ammon Charles.
by Cammie Charles