Lunar and Planetary Institute
After listening to the SkyTellers Native American story “Ant Dances for Light” and the accompanying science story, children can continue to explore the cycle of day and night on Earth and other planets with the activities on these pages.
Share the Story
Retell the story of Ant and Bear dancing for day and night to reinforce understanding of why Earth has day and night cycles.
“Drawing Conclusions” about the Day/Night Cycle
Illustrate the Native American story of Ant and Bear and their dances for day and night and the science story of why we have day and night cycles.
The Cycle of Light
Observe how Earth's rotation causes light and dark cycles.
"Vary” Bright Days
The Long and Short of It
Explore how Earth's axial tilt and revolution around our Sun lead to differences in day length through the year.
Investigate how day length changes through the year and across latitudes.
Nightlife on Jupiter
Discover day and night cycles on other planets.