Creation Science – Day 7
by Michelle Crooker
Well, it has finally come: “Creation Day 7–the Day of Rest!” I don’t know about you, but pretty much anyone I know who has children could use a bit of rest. If you missed the first six days of creation, that’s okay; here is a quick review:
Day 1 – Let there be Light, Day 2 – Separating the Waters, Day 3 – Plant Science, Day 4 – The Sun, the Moon and the Stars in the Sky, Day 5 – Birds that Fly and Creatures that Swim, and Day 6 – God Made Man
Now, on to Day 7.
Genesis 2:1-3 (NASB)
Thus the heavens and the earth were completed, and all their hosts. By the seventh day God completed His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.
In my co-op class of 16-18 children. we had a nice little chat regarding Day 7. At first I offered to let them all take naps. After all, it is the Day 7, and we should be able to rest, right? Even though a good number of them were keen on the idea, I decided that if I dozed off I might start snoring and that really wasn’t something I wanted on our Facebook page.
So here is what we did instead.
Ok, I will admit that at first I was probably the most excited one in the room, but the kids came around quickly, especially once I explained that there would be prizes.
My “Review Board” game was quite easy to make. I went to the Dollar Store and purchased a tri-fold board and a memo pad filled with colorful pages. Then, laying the pages vertically, I labeled the columns Day 1, Day 2, all the way to Day 7. In each of the rows I put questions worth 10 points to 70 points. The questions varied and the point value did not always reflect the toughness of the question.
Each category included the question, “What did God make on this day?” The rest of the questions were based on what we learned in class. If you would like to make your own review board game, here is a list of questions and answers for you to do with your kids.
Day 1 – Let there be Light
1. What did God do on Day One?
a. God said, “Let there be Light”.
2. Why do we need light?
a. Answer varies from “so we can see” to “because I want to know what I am about to eat.”
3. Name one way that people can create light.
a. Fire, electricity, chemical reactions, etc.
4. Does electricity flow in a closed circuit?
a. Yes. The switch is closed, which means the circuit is completed allowing electricity to flow.
5. Will a cotton ball burn if it is covered in baking soda?
a. No. It may smolder a bit, but if it is covered well, it does not burn.
6. What is the first thing you need to do when building a campfire?
a. Make sure you have access to water and build a fire ring.
7. Name three things that we used to make edible fire.
- Mini marshmallows
- Pixie sticks®
- Pretzel sticks
- Nacho-cheese flavored Bugles®
Day 2 – Separating the Waters
1. What did God do on Day 2?
a. God separated the waters above from the waters below.
2. What is it called when water on the ground rises into the air?
3. What is called when water vapor forms water droplets?
4. What is it called when water droplets fall from the sky in the form or rain, snow, or ice?
5. In space is the pressure very high or very low?
a. The pressure is low in space.
6. What happens to marshmallows in a vacuum?
a. They expand.
7. What happens if there is too much pressure inside of a closed container?
a. The container will fail, usually by blowing off the top or popping open at a seam.
Day 3 – Plant Science
1. What did God do on Day 3?
a. God gathered the waters and let dry land appear; then, He made plants and trees.
2. Name three characteristics of an insect-pollinated flower.
a. Large and brightly colored petals
b. Sweet scent
c. Usually contains nectar
d. Has a moderate amount of sticky or spiky pollen
e. Anthers are firmly attached and located inside the flower.
f. Stigma has a sticky coating and is located inside the flower.
3. Name three characteristics of a wind-pollinated flower.
a. Small, often brown or green
b. No scent
c. No nectar
d. Large quantity of light and smooth pollen
e. Loosely attached anther dangle outside of the flower
f. Feathery or net like stigma hangs outside of the flower
4. Name three parts of a flower
5. What did we use to make the petals of our edible flower?
a. Fruit rolls
6. What did the Pixie Sticks® sugar represent in our edible flower?
7. Was the edible flower an example of a wind pollinated flower or an insect pollinated flower? Explain.
a. It was an insect pollinated flower. We know this because of the brightly colored petals, and the location of the stamen inside of the flower.
Day 4 – The Sun, the Moon, and the Stars in the Sky
1. What did God do on Day 4?
a. God made the sun, the moon, and the stars.
2. Name two elements that make up the sun.
3. What is the distance between the sun and the earth known as?
a. An astronomical unit
4. What colors did we use to paint the sun?
a. Red, yellow, and orange
5. What is the order of the planets?
a. Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto (Kuiper Belt)
6. Why is Pluto called a dwarf planet?
a. Pluto is called a dwarf planet because of its size and because it cannot clear other objects out of its path.
7. How did we make ourselves constellations?
a. Digital pictures were taken and stars were placed on the joints of each person then the picture was taken away and the stars were connected.
Day 5 – Birds that Fly and Creatures that Swim
1. What did God do on Day 5?
a. God made the bids to fill the sky and the living creature in the water.
2. What is the state bird of Virginia? (Bonus question – what is the state bird of Pennsylvania?)
a. Cardinal (Ruffed Grouse)
3. Can all birds fly?
a. No (ostriches and penguins cannot fly)
4. Are all flying creatures birds?
a. No (insects and bats also can fly)
5. Which bird lays the largest egg?
a. The ostrich
6. What is the purpose of blubber?
a. The purpose of blubber is varied. Blubber is the primary storage of fat on some mammals, meaning that these animals can metabolize fat while traveling from one feeding area to another. Blubber adds buoyancy to sea creatures, making it easier for them to swim. Another interesting fact about blubber is that, unlike fur that has air pockets to trap heat, blubber does not compress under pressure, which means that it can help animals survive in cold waters.
7. Which could you stand longer–your bare hand in icy water or your hand in the blubber glove in icy water? Why?
a. This answer varies, but as long as kids understand that the blubber glove was acting like blubber by providing a barrier between them and the icy water that is what really matters.
Day 6 – God Made Man
1. What did God do on Day 6?
a. God made cattle, insects, wild animals, and man
2. Name three parts of a Madagascar hissing cockroach
b. Compound eye
3. Which cockroach, male or female, has horns?
4. What is the life cycle of a toad?
a. Egg, tadpole, tadpole with legs, toad
5. In Whose image are we made?
6. During our vision test, what did we end up spelling?
a. Science is awesome!
7. What does smell have to do with taste?
a. Our taste buds only allow us to tell if a food is bitter, salty, sweet, or sour. Most of our sense of taste actually comes from the odor molecules sending signals to the brain through the olfactory receptors in our noses.
Day 7 – God Rested
(NOTE: Since we did the review on Day 7, we had a quick discussion about sleep and the need for rest, but the rest of the questions were gathered from the first 6 days of creation.)
1. What did God do on Day 7?
a. God rested from His good work.
2. What happens if we don’t rest?
a. We can get cranky, forgetful, and sick.
3. How many hours of sleep does a person need?
a. It varies depending on the person.
4. What are the greater light and the lesser light that God put in the sky?
a. The great light is the sun, the lesser light is the moon.
5. Would there be life on earth if there was no atmosphere?
6. Does the moon make its own light?
a. No, it reflects the light of the sun.
7. Name something amazing that you learned this year.
a. This answer can be anything! Feel free to share with the kids what you learned as well.
Well, that is it. We have studied our days of creation and we have hopefully learned a lot. I quite enjoyed it myself and am planning on doing another version of “creation science” this fall. If it is with the same kids, I will be coming up with new experiments and I will be sure to let you know about them. Until then, I will be back with my regular science posts on the second and fourthTuesdays through the summer. Perhaps you will even learn how to construct a water sprinkler and call it a “science lesson”.
Michelle, a Virginia native, currently lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and three children. Active in Scouts, area homeschool groups, and with her family, she can be found on her blog, “Homeschooler on the Edge,” as well as Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.