Education and
Public Engagement
at the Lunar and Planetary Institute
Sky Tellers - The Myths, the Magic, and the Mysteries of the Universe

Activity: Share the Story

Ages 5 and up

How Long?
30 minutes or longer

What's Needed?


Children retell the Native American story “Why Coyote Howls”, along with the science story, to reinforce their understanding of how star pictures came to be.

The Activity

Invite the children to retell the Native American and science stories. Help them begin the Native American story, and prompt them through the discussion. Help them remember incidents that are left out or are 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 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).

Connections to the National Science Standard(s)

Standard B & D (grades K–4): Understand and communicate that the positions of objects in the sky, such as stars, can be described by locating them relative to another object or the background.