Ancient Mesopotamia and Ancient Egypt History Curriculum
Week 1: Creation
READ: K – 3: Let There Be Light by Pauline Baynes
4 – 6: Genesis 1:1 –2 :3 (The Bible)
7 – 8: Genesis 1:1 – 2:3 (The Bible) & Look up and read about the following on the internet: “Big Bang Theory”, “Day-Age Theory”, “Gap Theory”, “Theistic Evolution”, & “Intelligent Design”. (Parents: you will probably have to help your students find this information. Wikipedia may be a good source.)
- Who created the heavens and the earth? (God)
- What did God create on the first day? (Light & Darkness)
- What did God create on the second day? (sky; separated the waters)
- What did God create on the third day? (dry ground, seas; plants)
- What did God create on the fourth day? (sun, moon, & stars)
- What did God create on the fifth day? (birds & fish)
- What did God create on the sixth day? (Land creatures, man)
- What did God do on the seventh day? (He rested)
Questions for grades 7 & 8:
- Explain the Day-Age Theory (Each day of the Biblical account was actually thousands or millions of years)
- Explain the Gap Theory (six-day creation, as described in the Book of Genesis, involved literal 24-hour days, but that there was a gap of time between two distinct creations in the first and the second verses of Genesis, explaining many scientific observations, including the age of the Earth.)
- Explain Theistic Evolution (creatures have evolved over time, but God has allowed them to do so, and was ultimately responsible for the beginning of life on earth)
- Explain Intelligent Design (Some sort of great, intelligent being(s) began the universe and our earth)
- Explain the Big Bang Theory (Started from nothing, but began with a great explosion of matter.)
ACTIVITIES: K – 3: Using a ruler, divide a large piece of paper or posterboard into seven sections. Ask your child to draw a picture for each of the seven days of creation.
4 – 6: Write a short essay on one or both of the following: 1) Compare and contrast the Bible story of creation with what you’ve learned about evolution in the past. 2) God created plants before he made the sun, but plants need sunlight to grow. In your opinion, how did He do this?
7 – 8: Write an essay: After researching the different theories of creation (including the traditional, Biblical account), what do you find most believable? Why?
Copyright December 8th, 2012 by Gwen Fredette