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The Fourth Day – Sun, Moon and Stars

“God said, “Let there be lights in the dome of the sky to divide the day from the night; let them be for signs, seasons, days and years;  and let them be for lights in the dome of the sky to give light to the earth”; and that is how it was.  God made the two great lights — the larger light to rule the day and the smaller light to rule the night — and the stars.  God put them in the dome of the sky to give light to the earth,  to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness; and God saw that it was good.  So there was evening, and there was morning, a fourth day” (Genesis 1:14-19).

On the fourth day of creation, God created the sun, moon, and stars. This would include studying astronomy with the solar system and space.

Vocabulary

  1. What is a ‘sign’? How are ‘signs’ used?
  2. Using a dictionary, make a list of words that begin with the Greek word for sun, ‘helio.’

Science Study

The SunThe Larger Light

  1. Compare ‘light’ and ‘darkness’ on the first day of creation and ‘light’ and ‘darkness’ on this day?
  2. What is one rotation of the earth called? How long does it take for one rotation of the earth?
  3. What is one revolution of the earth around the sun called? How long does one revolution take?
  4. How far away is the sun from the earth?
  5. How big is the sun?
  6. How hot is the sun?
  7. Make sun tea by putting water in a big jar, placing 5-10 teabags in the jar and letting it set in the sun all day.
  8. How long does it take the sun’s light to hit the earth? What is this called?
  9. What vitamin comes from sitting in the sunshine? What are the benefits of this vitamin? How does sun block affect this vitamin?
  10. Of what chemicals is the sun made?
  11. How is energy by the sun made?
  12. What is a solar eclipse?
  13. What is a magnetic field?
  14. What is solar wind?
  15. Research Ptolemy and his view of the earth and sun.
  16. Research Galileo and his views of the earth and sun.
  17. Research Copernicus and his view of the earth and sun.
  18. Using sun print solar paper, make sun art with objects of nature.

The MoonThe Lesser Light

  1. What is a satellite?
  2. How far away is the moon from the earth?
  3. Of what is the moon made?
  4. What is a crater in the moon?
  5. How big is the moon?
  6. What is a lunar orbit?
  7. What are the phases of the moon? How are they made?
  8. Draw the different phases of the moon using black and white construction paper. Cut the moon phase out of the white and glue it on the black. Or use Oreos!
  9. How does the moon affect the seas or oceans?
  10. What is a bore tide?
  11. What is a lunar eclipse?
  12. Research the different landings on the moon. Find photos of the earth from the moon. List some fun facts that came from each landing.

The Stars

  1. What are stars?
  2. Of what are stars made?
  3. How many stars are in the heavens and the earth that God made?
  4. What is a group of stars called?
  5. What type of star is our sun?
  6. There are different stars with names. List some of the more common names.

Planets

  1. When do you think God created the planets?
  2. Make a list of the planets in our solar system. Write three facts about each of them including size, distance from earth and color.
  3. Using the information you have gleaned about the sun, moon, and stars, create your own solar system using construction paper, different sized paper cups or even styrofoam balls.
  4. Create your own planet board game.

Space

  1. What is a meteorite?
  2. What is an asteroid?
  3. If you have a telescope, look for different bodies in the heavens. If you don’t, here is an easy one to make.
  4. Here is a word game for astronomy.

Bible Study

  1. How are the sun, moon and stars used to determine the ‘appointed times’ of God?
  2. How is a day rendered? A month? A year?
  3. Read Psalm 104:19. What do the sun and moon do according to this verse?
  4. Read Genesis 22:17. What does science confirm about the promise given to Abraham? According to National Geographic, there are more stars than grains of the sand on the beach.
  5. Read Jeremiah 31:34-36 and discuss the sun, moon, stars with regards to Israel and the Jewish people.
  6. Read Joshua 10. What happened with the sun?
  7. Read Psalm 81:3. What is to be done on the new and full moon? Why?
  8. Read 1 Samuel 20:5. What ‘appointed time’ is David talking about?
  9. Read Deuteronomy 4:19 and 17:3. What are God’s people told not to do?
  10. Read Revelation 21:23. What happens when there is a new heavens and new earth?

Creation Day 5

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The Third Day – Land and Plants

“God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered together into one place, and let dry land appear,” and that is how it was. God called the dry land Earth, the gathering together of the water he called Seas, and God saw that it was good. God said, “Let the earth put forth grass, seed-producing plants, and fruit trees, each yielding its own kind of seed-bearing fruit, on the earth”; and that is how it was. The earth brought forth grass, plants each yielding its own kind of seed, and trees each producing its own kind of seed-bearing fruit; and God saw that it was good. So there was evening, and there was morning, a third day” (Genesis 1:9-13).

On the third day of creation, God pushed the water into one place on the earth and dry land appeared. This day of creation begins the study of biology, more specifically botany. With land appearing, one can study geology and earth sciences.

Vocabulary

  1. What does the word ‘earth’ mean in this verse if God created the heavens and the earth in the beginning on the first day of creation?
  2. What is a ‘sea’?
  3. Define yield.

Science Study

  1. Find some grass. Lie down on it. Feel it. Pick a piece of grass and look at it closely. If you have a magnifying glass, use it. What do you see?
  2. Grass is known as perennial. What does that mean? What does annual mean?
  3. What is a seed?
  4. Cut an apple in half. Look at the seeds. How many are there? If you planted those seeds, how many apple trees would you get from this one apple?
  5. Though you may not eat the seeds of an apple, list the different types of seeds that you do eat. For example, sunflower seeds, poppy seeds and chia. Learn about the plants from which each of these come.
  6. Grains are seed-bearing plants. We take the seeds and grind them into flour. What is the difference between grains like wheat, barley, spelt, and oats?
  7. Learn how mosses and ferns spread their seeds?
  8. Look at a flower. Learn its different parts. Have you ever eaten flower petals?
  9. Celery is a stem. Put some water in a glass and add blue or green food coloring. Place a stalk of celery in the glass. What happens?
  10. Green onions have their roots attached. If you place them in a jar of water, you can always have a supply of green onions by only cutting off the tops.
  11. Hug a deciduous tree or a tree with leaves. Smell the tree. What is different about its trunk from the stem of a flower? What is different about its leaves from the petals of a flower? What is different about its scent from the flower?
  12. Hug a coniferous tree or a pine tree. Smell the tree. What is different about this tree from a deciduous tree? What are the leaves of this tree? How does this tree smell?
  13. Plants receive water from their roots. Plant a seed in a clear plastic cup and watch its root system grow.
  14. Look at a carrot. What type of plant is a carrot?
  15. What is the process of a flower to fruit?
  16. What fruits do you eat on a daily basis? Learn about how each one becomes a fruit.
  17. Define pollination. Why are bees and birds so important to plants?
  18. What does it mean for a fruit to ripen?
  19. Define photosynthesis. This word comes from two Greek words meaning ‘to put together with light.’ Why could the plants survive without sunshine since the sun has not been created yet.
  20. What is cholorophyll? Which plants do not have this pigment?
  21. What green plants do you eat on a daily basis? Learn how each one becomes a plant?
  22. Plant genetics. Learn about Mendel and his work with plants and breeding plants.

Bible Study

  1. There is no sun, moon or stars created until the fourth day. What is so special about the light from the first day of creation that sustains the plant life?
  2. Read Isaiah 40:8. What does this verse say about the grass and flowers compared to the Word of God.
  3. Read Matthew 13:1-23, the Parable of the Sower. Where are the different seeds thrown? What happens to each seed? How does Yeshua (Jesus) describe the meaning of each seed?
  4. Read Leviticus 19:23-25. From this verse came TuBishvat, a Jewish holiday, for determining the age of a tree and when one is allowed to eat its fruit.
  5. Read Deuteronomy 20:19-20. Discuss the regulation for trees in these verses.
  6. Read Matthew 26:27-29. Discuss what you learn about God’s provision from the flowers.
  7. Using a concordance or a website, look up the different flowers, vegetables, herbs, and trees in the Bible. Discuss how these items are used for food, building, miracles, or other symbolism. Some suggestions: olive tree, oak tree, cedar tree, fig trees, lilies, roses, marigolds, garlic, onions, olive oil, salt, myrrh, mint, frankincense, hyssop and cumin.
  8. For a more in-depth study of the third day of creation, with Hebrew words and idioms, http://tentstakeministries.net/2013/10/parashah-1-bresheet-in-the-beginning/

Creation Day 4

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The Second Day – Water

“God said, “Let there be a dome in the middle of the water; let it divide the water from the water.”  God made the dome and divided the water under the dome from the water above the dome; that is how it was, and God called the dome Sky. So there was evening, and there was morning, a second day” (Genesis 1:6-8).

The second day of creation God created the ‘earth’ in the middle of water. This day includes hydrology, the study of water. It also includes the study of the atmosphere and meteorology.

Vocabulary

  1. What is a dome?
  2. What is firmament? (King James Version)
  3. What is a vault? (New International Version)

Science Study

  1. How much of the earth is water? How much of your body is water?
  2. Put some water in a glass. Look at it. Describe its characteristics.
  3. There are three states of water: solid, liquid and gas. Take some water and put it into a pan. What is the state of the water? Heat the water on the stove until it boils? What is this state of water? Take some other water and put it in the freezer. In a few hours, look at this water. What is its state?
  4. Learn about the cycle of water from lakes, to clouds to rain.
  5. Learn about glaciers.
  6. Water is a solvent. Fill several glasses with water. Put salt into one glass and mix. What happens to the salt? Put some food coloring into another glass. What happens to the water? Why do you think soap is put into a washing machine or dishwasher?
  7. Read about the Great Salt Lake. What is unique about this body of water? Why is it important to have fresh water?
  8. What is the difference between a pond, lake, river, sea and ocean?
  9. Density: Fill a bowl with water. Put different objects into the water. Which ones float? Which ones sink?
  10. Chemistry: Using a periodic table, what is hydrogen? What is oxygen? How do these two chemicals create water?

Bible Study

  1. The Hebrew word for ‘heavens’ is hashamayim which means ‘water.’ How does that give insight into how God ‘divided’ the waters?
  2. What is living water?
  3. Read Exodus 17:1-7. How did the Israelites receive water in the wilderness?
  4. Read 1 Corinthians 10:4. Discuss the ‘rock.’
  5. Read Jeremiah 2:13. Where does God say living water comes from?
  6. Read John 4:5-24. Discuss the difference between the well and living water.
  7. Learn about the Dead Sea in Israel. What makes this body of water unique to all the world?
  8. For a more in-depth study of the second day of creation, with Hebrew words and idioms, http://tentstakeministries.net/2013/10/parashah-1-bresheet-in-the-beginning/

Creation Day 3

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The First Day – Matter

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was unformed and void, darkness was on the face of the deep, and the Spirit of God hovered over the surface of the water. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and God divided the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. So there was evening, and there was morning, one day” (Genesis 1:1-5).

On the first day of creation, God created the heavens and the earth. On this day of creation God created light. This is the basis of Physics: the study of matter, its motion and behavior through space and time, and the related entities of energy and force.

Vocabulary

  1. What does unformed mean?
  2. What is a void?
  3. What does it mean to hover?
  4. The Revised Standard Version of the Bible uses the wind of God instead of Spirit of God. Do a little research to find why wind is a very good translation for the word Spirit.

Science Study

  1. There are three concepts of time: past, present, and future. If something is unchanging, it is timeless or eternal. We do not know the timeless era before God said, “Let there be light.” We know what has happened in the past because we have the Bible and history. We know what happens in the present as we live each day. As for the future, no one knows what tomorrow will bring. God is considered to be eternal and outside of time as we know it.
  2. How is time measured for a ‘day’ of creation? (Note: The Hebrew word for ‘day’ is yom and means 24 hours.)
  3. Light: Go outside and look at your child’s shadow on the ground.
  4. Make a silhouette of your child’s face. Put some paper on a wall and have your child stand sideways in front of the paper. Shine a flash light on them. Make an outline of their profile. Cut out the profile. Trace it on black construction paper.
  5. Make shadow puppets.
  6. Physics: Learn about the colors of a prism. Place a glass in some sunshine. Maneuver it until you can see the prism of colors on a wall. What colors do you see?
  7. Quantum Theory: How do photons affect light?
  8. What is the speed of light?
  9. Learn about photography with a film camera. How does light play a role with the film?

Bible Study

  1. What is faith according to Hebrews 11:1?
  2. What did God call the period of light? What did He call the period of darkness?
  3. Each creation day was made evening to morning, why?
  4. Read the account of Noah in Genesis chapters 6-9. Draw a picture of God’s promise for His covenant with Noah in Genesis 9:6
  5. Read John 1:1-5. Discuss the connection between light and darkness in this verse. Who is the light? What is the light?
  6. For a more in-depth study of the first day of creation, with Hebrew words and idioms, http://tentstakeministries.net/2013/10/parashah-1-bresheet-in-the-beginning/

The Second Day

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