God Created Light Unit Study done by Jo Dee's Family

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My children were aged 10, 7, and 6 when we completed this short study on light. I do not assign topics for writing (my oldest is the only one who actually did her own writing then), but writing is normally done about things we have done in "school" by her own choice.

Unit Study - God Created Light

All study was done as a basic introduction to light and its properties.

During the study, memorize Genesis 1:1-5

Bible Topics:
God made light (Genesis 1:1-5)
God is light (I John 1)
Jesus is the light of the world (John 1:1-10; John 8; John 12:46
Let your light so shine before men (song "This Little Light of Mine" - Matt. 5:14-16 and other accounts in the Gospels)
"Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path." (Psa. 119:105)
Saul/Paul's conversion (Acts 9)

Before we started this study, we included a brief review of how to do science safely.

Resources (some of these have duplicate suggested experiments):

Genesis For Kids (Science Experiments that show God's power in Creation) by Doug Lambier and Robert Stevenson (this book, I ve heard is now out of print, but some places still have some copies); pages 11-24

The World God Made by Edward J. Shewan; pages 1-10

Science Activities Volume 1 an Usborne book; pages 50-72

Sound and Light by David Glover a Young Discoverers Kingfisher book; pages 18-31

Where Does Electricity Come From? an Usborne book

Nest Entertainment Videos "Thomas Edison" and "Benjamin Franklin"

Web Site: http://illusionworks.com/index.shtml for Optical Illusions (site no longer available online)

Some Miscellaneous Supplies:
blindfold, things for creating a walk-through maze, flashlight, empty can, aluminum foil, mirrors, magnifying glass, paints, food coloring, color wheel, prism, clear drinking glasses, water, paper, coins, TV and remote control, tape measure, spoons

Some general things we did:
Opposites - including darkness and light
Darkness - we need light to see (blindfold and simple maze to try to get through)
Light Sources - examples are sun, lamps, fire
Shadows - make shadows on the wall, have someone trace your "large" shadow on freezer paper (then color it), and play shadow tag outside by stepping on shadows
Optical Illusions and sight (including eye glasses)
Electricity - including introduction to Thomas Edison and Benjamin Franklin
Bending Light - including fiber optics (we saw a demonstration at our science museum) and how light appears to bend objects in water
Other experiments in the resource books
LASERS (demonstration at our science museum)
Colors - mixing colors to make colors and an introduction on the rainbow (which we covered in more detail when we got to Noah)
Light waves
Light and Heat

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