Creation of the Earth


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middle school religion class- how did God create earth and all that is in it?

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Creation of the Earth

  1. 1. CREATION How did it all begin?
  2. 2. Terms to Know <ul><li>Genesis </li></ul><ul><li>Creation </li></ul><ul><li>Covenant </li></ul><ul><li>Genealogies </li></ul><ul><li>Universe </li></ul><ul><li>Scripture </li></ul><ul><li>Idolatry </li></ul><ul><li>Symbol </li></ul><ul><li>God </li></ul><ul><li>Polytheistic </li></ul><ul><li>Attribute </li></ul><ul><li>Human Dignity </li></ul><ul><li>Free Will </li></ul><ul><li>Conscience </li></ul><ul><li>Evil </li></ul><ul><li>Good </li></ul><ul><li>Science </li></ul>
  3. 3. CREATION <ul><li>The book of Genesis describes God’s relationship with humanity </li></ul><ul><li>stories of actual religious truths not necessarily factual events </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What do you think that means? </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. The Book of Genesis <ul><li>Questions asked from the beginning of time </li></ul><ul><li>Where </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Who </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Why </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>When </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. CREATION <ul><li>Science can answer how and when to a degree </li></ul><ul><li>Faith answers who, why and where </li></ul>
  6. 6. CREATION <ul><li>2 creation stories in Genesis </li></ul><ul><ul><li>God created the world in six days and rested on the seventh </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>How long was a day for God? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>a simple story that tells us that everything in existence is created by God </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Try to Imagine <ul><li>What do you imagine when you think about God? </li></ul><ul><li>Draw what you see when you think about God. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Who is this presence we call God? <ul><li>God is the one, true God </li></ul><ul><ul><li>other ancient people believed differently </li></ul></ul><ul><li>God is the supreme being </li></ul><ul><ul><li>creates all life </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>keeps it in existence </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. What do we know about God? <ul><li>God is eternal </li></ul><ul><li>God is all-powerful </li></ul><ul><li>God is all-knowing </li></ul><ul><li>God is ever-present </li></ul>
  10. 10. What does it mean to be human ? <ul><li>List on the board some words about “ what it means to be human.” </li></ul>
  11. 11. So, where did we come from? <ul><li>God created the universe and all living things in it </li></ul><ul><li>That means you and me! </li></ul><ul><li>Were we created differently than the trees, grass, stars, oceans ….? </li></ul>
  12. 12. Same but Different …. Huh? <ul><li>Humans are created in God’s image </li></ul><ul><li>Each unique </li></ul><ul><li>Each has human dignity </li></ul><ul><li>All different but equal </li></ul><ul><li>All share same human dignity </li></ul>
  13. 13. What makes us different from all the other creepy, crawlers? <ul><li>God gave us two special gifts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Free Will </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>a Conscience </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Something to think about… <ul><li>With all the greatness that God has given us, comes a huge responsibility. </li></ul><ul><li>What does that mean? </li></ul>
  15. 15. Project <ul><li>Oh, Boo, Hiss! </li></ul><ul><li>Get over yourselves! </li></ul><ul><li>Have an open mind; it will be fun! </li></ul><ul><li>No Test </li></ul>
  16. 16. Project <ul><li>Retell the creation story as told in Genesis </li></ul><ul><li>Ways to complete project </li></ul><ul><ul><li>poster with pictures etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>video </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>podcast </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>write a poem </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>write a story as an outside observer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>write God’s diary/journal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PowerPoint- be creative </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>draw a comic book strip </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Must incorporate aspects of ALL seven days. Be creative, colorful, enthusiastic. This is NOT to be a long project, but it must be a complete project. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Grading Matrix <ul><li>Contains aspects of each day </li></ul><ul><li>Creativity </li></ul><ul><li>Colorful/enthusiastic </li></ul><ul><li>Grammatically correct </li></ul><ul><li>TOTAL </li></ul><ul><li>( 10 pts- each day ) </li></ul><ul><li>70 possible points </li></ul><ul><li>10 possible points </li></ul><ul><li>10 possible points </li></ul><ul><li>10 possible points </li></ul><ul><li>100 Possible Points </li></ul>