The average person speaks 7000 words in a single day. We can use special tools to share those words over far distances. Eventually, the vibrations created by our words will fade away. God sent His Son from heaven to earth so that we could hear the good news of His salvation! Seek the LORD while He may be found, call on Him while He is near (Isaiah 55:6)
opening Activity: Matching Gifts to science concepts
Using the Five Gifts Review Cards, we reviewed the different gifts that we have been learning about; Sight, Touch, and Sound.
I had the students first place the Gift (Sense) card (ie: Sight, Touch, Hearing) in front of them. The students had to find the different science concepts and manna moments in pictures to match with each gift. For instance, using the gift of sight, we can see color, light and form. Our manna moment was about Jesus being the Light and how because of Him we have all the colors of the rainbow so there is a picture of the rainbow in a raindrop.
Depending on time and familiarity, the students could flip all the cards over and each student would have a turn to flip over two to place in order according to how they discovered the cards.
Prior to beginning our story time today, I had made some BIG ears for each of the students following this template. I cut the ears out, punched holes in the tops and affixed a chenille stem to adjoin them. We were going to see if our LARGE ears would help us listen to the story better.
The book itself is talking about the many functions that ears play in different animals. Animals not only use their ears for hearing in order to find food but for keeping cool in the heat and staying safe from enemies. We looked at the different kinds of ears realizing that they look different because they have different functions.
paper or plastic Telephone investigation
Our questions for this investigation is whether plastic or paper cups make a better telephone.
Giving some background research, I shared that sound travels when objects or air vibrate. Sometimes these vibrations can follow specific paths to move even quiet sounds over far distances.
We took two cups of approximate sizes of both plastic and paper. Poking a hole through the bottom of the cup, we threaded a string through and tied a knot. The students worked in partners to hear their partners whisper through the cup. Which cup could you hear the whisper the best?
After the students tried out both paper and plastic cups, we asked some questions and circled the answers. This is a great way for the students to begin drawing conclusions and making connections to what they are learning. This class did an excellent job.
Five Gifts Science Curriculum