Children retell the Native American story of “Coyote Makes the Sun”, along with the science story, to reinforce their understanding of how our Sun formed.
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.
Connections to the National Science Standard(s)
Standard D (grades K–4): The sun and stars have properties, locations, and movements that can be observed and described. The sun provides the light and heat necessary to maintain the temperature of the earth.
Standard B (grades 5–8): The Sun is a major source of energy and that it transfers energy through light emission
Standard D (grades 9–12) The sun, the earth, and the rest of the solar system formed from a nebular cloud of dust and gas
Early in the history of the universe, matter, primarily the light atoms hydrogen and helium, clumped together by gravitational attraction to form countless trillions of stars. Billions of galaxies, each of which is a gravitationally bound cluster of billions of stars, now form most of the visible mass in the universe.
Stars produce energy from nuclear reactions, primarily the fusion of hydrogen to form helium. These and other processes in stars have led to the formation of all the other elements.