The World is So Full of a Number of Things

If you haven’t seen the “Earth As Art” ebook yet, take time to check it out. The pictures are amazing and offer unique perspectives of views both well-known and as yet undiscovered for many of us. You can learn more about this project here: “Earth as Art” info and resources.

Earth As Art

ideas for use in the classroom:

  • see if students can identify each place from its “artistic view”
  • locate each place on a map/globe
  • compare and contrast the “artistic view” with another photo of the place
  • identify elements and principles of art used in each photograph
  • discuss tone(s) and feelings associated with each photo

additional resources:

What have you helped your students see from a different perspective lately?


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: