Perspective is how you see something. The activity that we did today was about perspective. We built a model of the Big Dipper as we view it from earth. In our model, we included a view that was not from earth to allow us to see that the stars don't look like a big dipper from anywhere else in space but from our point of view. Often, we are so used to seeing things from our perspective that we forget that God's perspective is completely different. God's thoughts are NOT our thoughts (Isaiah 55:9). This also reminds us to strive to think on things that are above as stated in Colossians 3:1-2.
"If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth."
making a model of the Big dipper
Here are the instructions for making this model of the Big Dipper that you can view from several different perspectives.
First we plotted the Big Dipper on grid paper and taped it to the end of our cardboard box.
Next, we used either a compass end or a file to poke holes through the cardboard box where the stars of the big dipper were located on the grid paper taped to the box.
We took some thread and made sure that it was longer than the length of the box and cut it.
Next, we threaded a needle. We used the threaded needle to go from the outside of the box to the inside of the box and taped the thread to the outside of the box. While the thread is in the box, we threaded it through a loosely crumbled piece of foil. Then, we went through the middle stars of the big dipper on our grid paper first and taped the thread on the outside of the opposite side of the box. We did this 7 times to complete the model
A completed model
Seeing the Big Dipper from our hole in the cardboard box representing our view from earth.
There is also a hole on the side of box that lets you view the stars from outside the earth.
Galaxies and Can Stars Sing Note taking Guide
I focused our class time on making our model but these are the notes that I gave my students to read and do at home.
Included are two videos.
Here is a video on how stars sing
And this is a video on how the stars, whales and us can all worship God. Its amazing!!!