I remember pretty much nothing of the periodic table from my childhood and I have managed through life okay without a robust knowledge of it. But I think science is pretty cool in how over and over again it points to God our marvelous Creator and Designer. The elements are just another part of what glorifies God in our universe. And though I have no desire to be a chemist and I kind of doubt any child in our co-op will become on either I think there is value in all of us learning more about the elements and realizing that God created them all. And who knows, maybe this fun day will cause chemistry to be more fun and interesting for one of these students some day and they will appreciate this background that we gave them.
As with all our co-op days we try to have a team of people working to prepare for the day and the same was true for this one. Elaine and Tamara made the cookies and frosting, Lyndi and I did the overall planning, teaching and organizing. Others helped out with bringing frosting bags and organizing and helping the children.
Here is what we did: This was with our children ages 3-12. The highschoolers are doing other things this year.
-Lyndi began the day with prayer and a scripture. She shared this verse:
this pictorial table of the elements super helpful for planning this activity and it is just a really cool resource in many ways for learning about the table of the elements.
-Then with those same groups we had a scavenger hunt. We had either hidden, or just known that they were there, various "elements" (many of them weren't pure elements but we tried as best we could). I gave each group this list:
Element Scavenger Hunt
1. This element is often found in something round and shiny. Your dad may have given it to your mom after asking her a very important question.
2. This element can make things go up, up and away or it may make your voice sound squeaky.
3. This element is heavy. It can also poison you if you are around it too much. It might help you catch a fish.
4. This element may be used in the morning so that you can eat fried eggs. It is a heavy transition metal.
5. The element Lithium can be found in something that you might use to give energy to a toy or an alarm clock.
6. This element is shiny and pretty and can be used to make all sorts of fancy objects.
7. This element is also shiny and pretty but it is more often used to make practical things for the kitchen or used for campfire cooking. It is a light, poor metal.
8. This element is an easy to bend metal. You might find it in the plumbing in your house if it is old or you might use a bendable form to make something with beads.
9. This element is a brown liquid. It can be used to treat some medical issues.
10. This element adds good flavor to our food.
This activity went well too, they got it done in about 15 minutes. They pretty much tied on this one and we let all the boys have a prize (candy).
This cookies were all arranged now:
It was a fun day and I hope the kids will always think that the elements and their table are interesting and fun.