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Sky Tellers - The Myths, the Magic, and the Mysteries of the Universe

Constellations Activities

The following resources and activities are intended to help children explore more about constellations following the Native American story of “Why Coyote Howls" and the science story of our constellations.

Share the Story
Retell the Native American and science stories to reinforce understanding of how the star pictures got into the sky and why Coyote was the only animal that did not make a star picture.

“Drawing Conclusions” about Constellations
Illustrate the Native American story of Coyote and his bag of stones, and how the constellations came to be.

Star Gazing
Observe the night sky to find the different constellations.

Star Master Viewer
Young stargazers ages 8–12 create and view StarCards to learn more about the constellations.

Star Darts
By creating and naming their own constellations using “star darts,” children ages 8–12 will learn how constellations were named and how stars can appear so close together, yet be light years apart .

Zodiac Track
Children ages 8–14 illustrate the zodiac and explore the apparent progression of the stars across our night sky.

Celestial Circles
Children ages 8–14 model Earth’s movement around the Sun to understand why we see different constellations of the zodiac at different times of the year.