We are a month into the new academic year and the children who have recently joined our elementary environment have received their first great lesson – THE STORY OF THE UNIVERSE. The story is accompanied by many experiments, including a show stopper – blasting a volcano! This year around, we used ammonium di chromate in the volcano for some real BANG, instead of the tame baking powder and vinegar routine. Needless to say it was all very exciting.
Along with the younger children, the older children too had the benefit of receiving the story again and like every year, it has sparked off great work!
Today, one of the many projects undertaken by the children after the telling of the story was completed.
After reading the awe inspiring book, ‘Born With A Bang – The Universe Tells Our Cosmic Story‘ by Jennifer Morgan and Dana Lynne Anderson, two boys decided to make a timeline depicting some of the major events in the Universe’s history. There is a concise page at the back of the book that lists some of these major events and was just the right morsel for the boys.
Here is the long and short of their timeline.
They did some finger knitting and converted its length into a timeline. Each foot on the length of their finger knitting accounted for 1 billion years.
A brass bell signals each major event. With it is a card that explains what happened at that point in time. The first two events are so close together that they have been strung one on top of the other – but – true to the need for precision that characterizes the elementary child, they are just ever – so – slightly, askew.
1 billion years after the Big Bang galaxies formed. Mother stars were born. After stars die their stardust makes new stars that have complicated elements …
7 billion years after the Big Bang our mother star might have exploded. There might have been more than one mother star that might have created our solar system …
8 1/2 billion years after the Big Bang the planets formed. One planet was perfect – not too hot, not too cold.
For the sake of convenience the timeline has now moved to a new location – above the science material.
“let us give him a vision of the whole universe. The universe is an imposing reality and an answer to all questions. We shall walk together on this path of life, for all things are part of the universe and are connected with each other to form one whole unity.” ~ Maria Montessori (To Educate The Human Potential)