Here are some resources for Challenge III, fall semester, Week 6. Not all subjects may have resources or questions. I will be editing as time goes on.
N.D. Wilson says, “In the end, living makes dying worth it.” Do we value our lives as much as we should? Discuss the big ideas we have studied so far: God is big, He cares for the small things, We are characters in His play, He is our Shakespeare, God’s attention to detail, and He speaks through nature.
Discuss who were the skeptics and the Copernican revolution. It’s so interesting that Luther and Calvin did not believe Copernicus’ theory that the Sun was the center of the universe and not the earth. Ask your student whether we can trust our senses. Discuss the biases that we each have and how Descartes felt we should be critical of our selves and our biases. What do you think Descartes famous statement, “I think, therefore I am” means? Discuss how he came to his conclusion that God exists. Ask your student what was one reason Descartes gave for God’s existence. Do you agree?
For an interesting read: here is this blog about another Challenge III class. This article ties in the chemistry experiment and the Descartes lesson.
Ask your studnet who was in George Washington’s cabinet and what part did each one play? What does the Secretary of State do? Who is the current Secretary of State? When did Clinton step down from her position and hand it to John Kerry?
When John Kerry was our Secretary of State during President Obama’s administration, he made a controversial deal with Iran. It is currently being discussed in the news. President Trump just referred to this same deal recently when speaking at the UN. Wonder what Mr. Neutrality: George Washington would have thought of that? That would make a great dinner table discussion!
Who were the Federalists vs. the Republicans–what were some of their differences? What were Hamilton’s 3 reports about? Some key vocabulary words that apply to his reports are: debt, credit, capitalists. Make sure your students understand these words.
Ask your student what the cool eye experiment was and what they saw when they took the red cross away. Try it again at home and try using different colors.
The Color Pink:
Rods and Cones of the Eye:
Share Us with Your Friends: