April 11 Home Communicator – Science and Engineering Practices – Analogies of Faith
Best practice in Science education involves using models to explain scientific phenomena. In fact, the Next Generation Science Standards make modeling one of the most important aspects of curriculum design for children, making analogies, one type of modeling, a powerful learning tool.
At Hudsonville Christian School, teachers have been helping students make analogies to better understand their relationship with The One whom we serve. STEM Week provided an opportunity to make some connections between engineering and faith. Check out these 3rd grade analogies:
“The marble run is like my faith because I sometimes get stuck in bad moments. Then I need God to help push me through.”
“In waterslides we learned that the tinfoil is like our hearts. They can get hard and wrinkly, but God has the power to smooth it out again!”
“In Three Little Pigs, the wind is like the sin. It comes in fast and we need to have a firm foundation to stand strong against it.”
“In egg drop, my life can be like the egg. I can crack and need a good cushion to keep me from cracking. God is like the cushion.”
“In Ozobots, God could be like the programmer and we follow the colored road by making good choices.”
Yes, there is power in analogies. Thanks 3rd Graders!
Sue Spotts, Director of Curriculum