The universe is so big that we can sometimes feel small and insignificant, but through this study students will explore their curiosity of what is around them and be able to see themselves as unique children of God. They will also see their fellow students as unique children of God and work with each other in a way that uses all their unique gifts to contribute to class. Students will grow in their faith as their love for God and one another grow throughout the unit.
As students learn about stars, our universe, and galaxies
they will build an understanding of their place in creation. In their studies,
they will embrace the knowledge that God created them and that they are created
unique, with gifts and strengths in certain areas that are different than their
friends or classmates. Each student will contribute these gifts and be
responsible in using them to glorify God and further the kingdom that each
student is a part of. Students will be expected to use their gifts in the groups
that they work in, through their interactions with their classmates, and in
their interactions with their communities outside of school as well.
The purpose of this unit is to enhance student’s curiosity and develop an understanding for what is out in the vast expanse of space. In addition to regular scientific studies involving classification, experimentation, and technology, students will grow in their understanding of the universe by studying it from the perspective of Social Studies, Art, Bible, Math and Language Arts. As the students seek to understand new ideas, they will be challenged and driven to explore how God is known through science and how they can be stewards of creation in its entirety.
As students learn and inquire about stars, galaxies, and the universe, they will better understand God’s creation. They will see the unique contributions that they can each bring to God’s creation. After discovering how vast and amazing this universe is, the students might think they are small, but they will know that they are loved by God no matter how small they might feel.
The physical goal of this unit is to help students understand that they were made in His image. We must keep our body, the Holy Spirit’s temple, healthy and strong in order to do His work. His work may include traveling into space or even just gazing up at the stars at night. Students will understand how astronauts must keep themselves healthy and in shape in order to travel into space. Hands-on activities and labs will make the concept of space tangible for the students.
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