The Great Amarylis Race
GrannyÂs Garden School, Inc.
Keeping kids in touch with nature
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Contact: Roberta Paolo 513-324-2873
GrannyÂs Great Amaryllis Race Results in Fun
With names like, Buzzy, Slowpoke, BlueminÂ Chip and Rocky Bulb Boa, school children in Loveland enter Granny's Great Amaryllis Race. ItÂs a race to the finish to see which flower blooms first. Along the way they send in reports to Bulb Central as to how fast they are growing, how many leaves there are and other details. The race encourages development of data collection and interpretation skills using measuring and graphing abilities. Students draw on their knowledge about plant and bulb parts and processes learned during the fall season to form hypotheses to answer questions and form conclusions from observed and recorded growth.
"ItÂs a real scientific project," says executive director Roberta Paolo. "We try to keep everything consistent except for the growing location. After winning for the best name in the business category, BlueminÂ Chip, the entry from Blue Chip Cookie, had to be disqualified when an employee put coffee grounds in the pot trying to make it grow faster."
Mr. Adkins and his second grade students proudly show off their carefully tended "Rosy," who boasts seven leaves.
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