Known as The Coming of the Universe, The Cosmic Fable, The God with No Hands, The Story of the Universe or a slight variation of one of these, the First Great Lesson introduces such topics as the Formation of the Universe and the Earth and it's place in the Solar System. It also leads us into geology, the work of air and the work of water.
The purpose of the story is to capture the child's imagination, so we do our best to tell the story in our own words (I admit my first few times I had to rely on palm cards - but this can slow down the process and the wonder).
Each teacher will tell a slightly different version - to fit what is right for their environment. Some may not use all five charts and may do less demonstrations, which may suit their students best. This is part of our role as the prepared adult, to make those decisions with each child in mind.
- Solar System chart (chart 2)
- Earth in Relation to the Sun (chart 1)
- Cosmic Dance (chart 3a)
- Volcanism (chart 4a)
- Formation of the Oceans (chart 5a)
|Chart 4a Age of Volcanoes/Volcanism|
After the lesson the children return to their work, there should be no direct work attached to the story. It is a platform for getting the child interested in various topics, a precursor. Related lessons and work should emerge in the days after the story - allowing the children to make the connection themselves.
So now (drum roll please!) our first It's Elementary! link-up...