There is nothing that we can do on our own. If we have an idea, it came from another idea and that from a book, another person.
Ecclesiastes 1:9 states that there is nothing new under the sun therefore the sharing of ideas and working cooperatively is of great value especially in the field of science.
For our Jeopardy game, we played cooperatively. Each student is allowed to pick whichever question they desire and if they get the answer correct, they get the corresponding reward to that question. The rewards are then accumulated in a pile and then evenly dispersed at the end of class. The more questions the students know, the more reward. The quicker they are with the answers, the more questions can be asked and the potential for the reward is greater. When they work together, they can achieve more.
While I was setting up the Jeopardy board, the students had a few more minutes to study a few more questions.
The rewards that I chose for this game are
100 point questions receive a chocolate kiss
200 point questions receive a bite size Milky Way/Snickers/Three Musketeers
300 point questions receive Skittles
400 point questions receive Gummy LifeSavers
500 point questions received a Tootsie Roll Lollipop
My science class for Fourth Day Astronomy ready for their Final Jeopardy!
Isaiah 45:18- “For thus says the Lord, who created the heavens (He is God), who formed the earth and made it (he established it; He did not create it empty, He formed it to be inhabited!) I am the LORD, and there is no other.”
Our perfect planet was made with order and intentionality from a Creator God in order to sustain life. Jesus is the life and through Him all things were made.
The Goldilocks Planet
If you have ever heard of Goldilocks, she was a little girl that went to the Bear's house in the forest and tried out all their food, chairs, and beds until she found the one that was 'just perfect'. Earth is sometimes referred to as the Goldilocks Planet because it is 'just perfect' in so many ways.
The ways that the Earth is perfect make up what is called the Anthropic Principle. Webster's Dictionary defines the Anthropic Principle as a 'cosmological principle that states that conditions observed in the universe must allow the observer to exist and the universe must have properties that make inevitable the existence of intelligent life.'
The parts of the Anthropic Principle that I highlighted in these notes are:
1. Perfect Distance from the Sun
2. Perfect Mass of the Earth
3. Perfect Rotation speed of the Earth
4. Perfect Atmosphere
5. Perfect Tilt or Position of the Earth
6. Perfect Magnetosphere
Typically what I do during class is have the students read aloud the information. These notes have blanks for them to fill in with a word bank at the bottom. The students can then use the word bank to choose the best answer for the blanks.
The last topic we went over in our notes was the perfect magnetosphere. One of the benefits to our magnetosphere is that our compasses will always point to magnetic north. I demonstrated this by making a homemade compass in class.
Vocabulary Review and Jeopardy Review Questions
For the rest of class, we played a vocabulary review game. I assigned six areas in the room. The students could go to any area. I would roll a 6-sided dice and whichever number was rolls that was the area that I called on to answer the vocabulary question. Some students aimed for where I was going to call and other students avoided that areas that I called like the plague. I encourage the former.
Since next week is our final class for this semester, I compiled some review questions in the form of Jeopardy for them to review at home. These are taken from all the note taking sheets that I have put together for 4th Day Science. It always amazes me how much we cover in such a short amount of time.
On the fourth day of creation, God created the Sun, Moon and Stars. The Hebrew text for stars is literally translated as ‘wandering stars’ and was used to describe any luminous object in the sky other than the sun and the moon. Hence, stars, in the this case also includes planets, their satellites, asteroids, and comets. The current science ideas about how the planets have formed have changed in numerous ways over the last 300 years and they will continue to change. So far these ideas have been counter to what is stated in the Bible. Take heed and know what you believe.
It is a wonderful time when the students get to take the stage and present information that they have researched. They all did a great job!!!
Using some of the information from these planet presentations, I made a Planet Trivia game for them to play after the presentations. It was fun to see the questions that I used from their research and the students that did that research knowing the answer immediately. It was also a wonderful way for them to know that their work is valued and important therefore it is worth doing a good job. These students are on the cusp of taking ownership of the their education and I hope this project jump started their desire to learn more.
Here is the link if you would like a copy. There are 40 questions and I printed and cut out the 40 and divided them between the two teams. Each team had 20 questions to ask the other team. If they answered correctly, they could keep the question. This kept track of points.