Decoration Day

This coming weekend is typically full of family barbeques and holiday travel and trips to the cemetery to place flowers on the graves of loved ones.  However, many of our students may not realize the history and meaning behind Memorial Day (originally known as Decoration Day) – the holiday honoring men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military.

The following links provide a variety of resources to help your students understand and “see” what this holiday is all about:

Memorial Day history –

The Meaning Behind Memorial Day – Time for

Memorial Day activities and more activities


As you could see from the photo in the last post, our exploration of chromatography expanded into learning about the light spectrum, too. We learned about the formation of rainbows and created our own “CD Spectroscope” (click here for link to directions). It was a fascinating addition to our study of color.

To learn more about light, color, and spectroscopy, visit the “College for Kids” website and check out these books:

What a Colorful World!

When I taught 3rd grade, one of the highlights of our year was participating in the annual school-wide science fair. Each year I tried to find a new interesting topic as the focus of our display. We would learn about and experiment with our new topic for about a month and then end our study with the creation of our science fair display. I found this particular topic while viewing the 4-H displays at the State Fair one year.

So what is Chromatography? Check out this link and the following resources for some great info as well as ideas for your own experiments: