The psalmist challenges us to "taste and see that the Lord is good (Psalm 34:8). Like Sam in Green Eggs and Ham, David is appealing to his audience to try something new- to put their faith and trust in the Lord who provides both healing and refuge. Like David, we want you to do more than just hear that God is the giver of good gifts, we want you to know it for yourselves and to share it with others.
Opening Activity- Five Gifts Review Cards
This will be our third time to use these cards to review what we have been learning these past twelve weeks. The first time, I had them place them in order like they have in their student guidebook all the while talking and reviewing the different activities we did with them. The second time, I had them flip the cards over and try to place them in order. This time, they were familiar with the job they had to do in sorting the different science concepts into the appropriate gift and even recalling some of the manna moments associated with those gifts.
I admit, this might not be your first pick for a final week of learning about the five senses, yet there are several discussions related to the senses that you can have with your student using this book.
One of the several discussions you can have is how our gift of sight plays a role in whether we want to eat something or not. Is it possible for something to look awful and taste wonderful? Is it possible to not like something you have never tasted? (Isn't this a common battle parents have with their children?). And how many times will a child like a food once they tried it? I like to use this book as an example of trying new foods. Not much to lose and so much to gain. Plus, pulling in the manna moment thinking of those that love to tell people about Jesus, they are like Sam. Always pursuing in the nicest and most polite ways. Once a person has tasted and seen the Lord, they would be saying, "Say, I love Jesus here and there, I love Him while I am in a box or with a fox" etc.
Class investigation- The taste of green
Do green eggs taste the same or different than yellow eggs?
A little background research: Sensory organs on our tongue detect acids, sugars, and other strong tastes. Our brain manages a large and growing library of different familiar tastes. Sometimes our other senses, like our sense of sight can help our brain go to the right folder faster. Sometimes, if something doesn't quite look the way we remember it, our other senses may affect one another.
The student's then had to make a hypothesis about whether the green eggs would taste the same as yellow eggs. On their investigation sheet, there is a place where they can circle.
There are a few ways you can give this to the students. You can blindfold them so that they can taste both without knowing which group of eggs are green or you can do it without blindfolds and hope for the best.
I love how this investigation sheet has a section for collecting data. The students in the class can raise their hand if they thought they tasted the same and we can count and document that in a blank. Then we can calculate the ones who thought they tasted different.
Lastly, there is a space to draw their conclusions based on the data we gathered and a follow up question to see if their hypothesis was correct or not.
Here are our results:
I chose not to blindfold the students so they were fully aware of what they were eating. I made the green eggs by blending eggs with spinach.
There were many naysayers in this class that were very resistant to eating the green eggs I had prepared but alas, every student did try them and 8 out of 9 thoroughly enjoyed them. Most of them said that they tasted the same as the regular yellow eggs. One said that the green eggs tasted like it had cabbage. After the students had all had their fill of eggs, I told them about the spinach and they all groaned. It was pretty funny. Kids really do like spinach deep down.
Another student that preferred to eat the green eggs before the yellow ones.
She was reluctant and expressive yet while everyone was enjoying their eggs, she grabbed some bravery, tried them and gave me a thumbs up!!! Yay!!!
Finally, my most reluctant and most expressive student tried the eggs after I said I would take a picture to show his mom. He said they tasted like the yellow ones with cabbage. I then told him it wasn't cabbage but spinach and he didn't take another bite. Oops!
i am thankful for my five gifts
While I was cooking up the eggs, I had the students review one last time the five gifts and paste them to their thankful hand as an easy way to remember them.
Since we just celebrated Thanksgiving last week, I thought this was a wonderful way to finish our exploration of the Five Gifts God has given us to explore His world.
jelly belly time
As a small gift to the students for all their learning this semester, I gave them each a small bag of jelly bellies to practice using their senses with as we prepare for another unit on Creation Science.
Five Gifts Curriculum
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