Children retell the story of “Coyote and the Dancing Stars”, and the science story, to reinforce their understanding of what meteorites are, what they are not, and where they come from.
Invite the children to retell the Native American and science stories. Help them begin and prompt them through the discussion. Help the children remember incidents that are left out or out of order.
You may wish to keep a list of events as the children build the story. Follow the Native American narrative with a discussion of the science story in the same way. Have the children connect the events in the Native American story to the events in the science story where they can.
You may wish to have the children reenact the story as a play, taking turns as the narrator. They can also create songs or dance to the stories.
Connections to the National Science Education Standard(s)
Standards A & D (grades K–4): Communicate understanding, through writing or illustration, that objects in the sky have movements that can be observed and described.
Standards A & D (grades 5–8): Communicate an understanding, through writing or illustration, that the solar system includes objects such as asteroids and comets.