The following resources are intended to help children further explore meteors and meteorites. These activities and materials will enhance the Native American tale of “Coyote and the Dancing Stars.”
Share the Story
Retell the Native American story, “Coyote and the Dancing Stars,” along with the science story, to reinforce understanding of why there are meteor showers.
“Drawing Conclusions” about Meteors
Illustrate the Native American story of “Coyote and the Dancing Stars” and the science story of meteors.
Hours of Showers
Observe predictable meteor showers.
Space Rocks! A Meteorite Board Game
Children ages 9–14 play a meteorite game to reinforce understanding of the origin of meteors, meteoroids, and meteorites, as well as their characteristics and importance, while tackling some common misconceptions.
Explore the parts of a comet, how comets move in our solar system, and how comets leave behind trails of dust that create the meteor showers we see on Earth.
A Tale of Trails
Investigate Earth’s encounter with a comet trail and the resulting meteor shower.
January 9, 2007