Tuesday, August 12, 2008

An Eggs-traordinary Experiment: A physical science experimet integrating literature, science, and theology.

Every week my kids bring home 20- 30 books and 2 or 3 videos from the library. This is not wasteful since they read them all. They really do. The library is my candy store though and I always take more than I can deal with, just because everything looks so good. Last week we brought home a video in a great science series put out by Popular Mechanics for Kids and it gave me a really great idea for a science experiment that could explore physics, a theology object lesson, and a literature connection all in one.
In this post I will explore my idea and later I will post results and pictures. If you read this and it sounds good enough to give it a try please let me know how it went for you.

Materials needed:

Four uncooked eggs.
two egg crates from 18 egg size package(keep only the part where the eggs sit in and cut off the lids)
masking tape.
Books large enough to extend to all four corners of taped together crates.(Up to 40 lbs worth)
Your book choice of either : Make Way for Ducklings, Horton Hatches the Egg, or
Dilly-Dally and the Nine Secrets
or some other book dealing with eggs in some way.

A bible nearby might come in handy too.

1. Start by taping the two egg crates bottoms together.

2. Place a egg in each corner of the crates with pointy dome shape pointing up.

3. Place books one at a time on top of the eggs, making sure the corners of the books reach all the way to each of the four eggs.

4. You should be able to place up to 40 lbs of books on top of these four eggs.

Why this works is because of the physics involved in the dome shape of the eggs. God made an egg very fragile, but He made it to be very strong at the same time. The theology topics abound in that last statement, but you can also use the eggs to present an object lesson on the concept of the trinity. Of course, before doing that you will probably want to hard boil the eggs.
The shell, white, and yoke are a great way to show how three different parts can still make up one whole thing.
If you chose Horton as your literature selection, this can also be a great opportunity to discuss faithfulness, and how God's faithfulness is even higher than Horton's 100 percent. It may also give just the slightest bit of credence to the idea of an elephant being able to sit on a bird egg!


Joanna said...

Very cool! I love the Horton story!

Carletta said...

Great project! We're studying birds over the next couple of weeks and this will fit right in.

Ms. Julie's Place said...

As an addition for older students a little study on Brunelleschi's Dome would be a cool tie in for art, architecture and the Renaissance. Connections abound in unit studies!