Lunar and Planetary Institute

Solar System

Activity: Share the Story

Children retell the Native American story “The Creation of the Earth”, along with the science story, to reinforce their understanding of how Earth — and other planets — came to be.

The Activity
Invite the children to retell the Native American story and the science story. Help the children begin the Native American story by prompting them through the discussion and assisting them in remembering incidents that are left out or are out of order.

  • Where did the woman and man live?
  • What was it like?
  • What did the woman see through the hole?
  • What happened to the woman?
  • What did the woman land in?
  • What were the animals like? What did they try to do?
  • What did Muskrat do?
  • What did the woman do with Muskrat’s gift?
  • What happened to the seeds?

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 want to have the children reenact the story as a play, taking turns as the narrator. They can create songs or dance to the stories. Invite them to illustrate the stories using craft materials (see the "Drawing Conclusions” activity).


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Last updated
January 9, 2007


Ages 5 and up

How Long ?
30 minutes or longer

What’s Needed?

  • Poster paper
  • Markers

Connections to the National Science Standard(s)

Standard D (grades 9–12) Children understand that the Sun, Earth, and the rest of the solar system formed from a cloud of dust and gas 4.6 billion years ago. Early Earth was very different from the planet we live on today.