This unit of science will be based on the Days of Creation as depicted in Genesis 1. We will learn about science concepts in the order that God ordered the Days of Creation.
Our first activity when the students came into class was to make a Duplo build. I printed off some Lego Duplo instructions from this website for free, however, only I built one of the suggested builds. All of the students wanted to create from their imagination which was wonderful.
We have a magnificent and cleverly built world to live in and it didn't happen by chance. When these students put together their build, they were very intentional about the pieces they wanted to use and how they wanted to use them. They, themselves, are not a duplo and therefore the duplos could not build themselves. It took them being, not a duplo, and outside of the duplo world to be able to create a build. This is a parallel to how God created the universe and everything in it. God Almighty is intelligent, purposeful and loving. He, not being human and finite, was able to create the world that we live in just as the these students are not duplos and intelligent to order pieces so they could create something wonderful.
I pointed to the big bin of duplos and asked if that bin of chaos would ever, with enough time, create any of the builds by themselves. They said, 'no' because someone has to build those things intentionally. I agree.
"For His invisible attributes, namely, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse."
Storytime- God's Creation, Help Tell the Story by Joanne Liu
I introduced the Days of Creation to the students using this incredibly interactive book. This book invites the reader to be apart of the creation story. It has you clap your hands to signal the creating of light, then you gently swipe the pages to put the light all on one page, leaving the darkness on another page. It had you rub the page before to see the sun being created on the fourth day. I had the students rub their hands together, creating friction and heat to signify the sun being created. All the students were involved and active throughout the telling of the Creation story.
Students were rubbing their hands together to creation friction and heat to signify the creation of the sun on the fourth day.
where did the world come from? by Karyn E. Lukasek
Today's class focused on Day 1 of creation which was the creation of Light. Karyne Lukasek wrote this wonderful poem about creation which resides in an Arch book called Where Did the World Come From? I have developed some hand motions to go with this poem so that we can remember it in a fun way.
Here is a video with me doing the hand motions
characteristics of Light
After explaining that God created Light on the first day of creation, we talked about what light is and reviewed what gift we have been given to be able to see light. The students remembered that we had learned last semester in Five Gifts Science that the gift of sight allows us to see light. Light allows us to see form and shape of objects, when you block the light, it creates shadows, and within white light are all the colors of the rainbow. Without light we cannot see color. Jesus is the light of the world and allows us to see wonderful color.
Then, I taught them that light travels in a straight path until it hits something. The colors we we see are a result of the light reflecting that color to our eyes while the rest of the colors in light are being absorbed.
It was so fun to be able to make little kaleidoscopes with the students so that they could see the light being reflected off their mirrors and color wheel into their eyes to see wonderful creations. I found this idea on this website.
Here are some circle templates that you can use to go with this activity. If you are wanting to integrate some art into this, one of the templates has the OiLs represented.