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Constellations and Mythology

Life Skills:

  • Thinking & Reasoning
  • Communication

Time Frame:
5 class periods that run 45 minutes each.

Group Size:
Small Groups


Students will be able to understand the links between the constellations and the stories about their origins.

Main Curriculum Tie:
Science - Earth Science
Standard 1 Objective 2

Analyze Earth as part of the solar system, which is part of the Milky Way galaxy.

Career Connections:

  • Literary

"Constellation Notes"

Microsoft PowerPoint

"Past and Present Meet":

answer sheet

"Star Finder Wheel":

copy master


teacher instructions

student worksheet

research materials (books, mythology anthologies, encyclopedias, etc.)

film canisters

nails or push pins

"Constellation Brochure":

Microsoft Publisher



Web Sites

Background For Teachers:
No special training beyond standard Integrated Science Endorsement required.

Student Prior Knowledge:
Students require no previous astronomical knowledge.

Intended Learning Outcomes:
Students will be able to:

-associate the constellations with the myths that explain their origins

-write a creative story that tells the origin of their own original constellation

-create a three-fold brochure using Microsoft Publisher

-create the tools necessary to locate a constellation in the night sky

Instructional Procedures:
Day 1: Whole group activity, PowerPoint notes

Days 2-5: Rotation through the following four stations:

1) Technology Station: Where Past and Present Meet" UEN Activity

2) Exploration Station 1: Make a Star Finder

3) Exploration Station 2: Adopt-a-Constellation

4) Text Station: Constellation Brochure

Strategies For Diverse Learners:
Students with special needs will be able to work in small groups with more competent peers.

Assessment Plan:
A rubric will be used to assess students' performance on the Constellation Brochure.


Wentz, B. (2000). Sky challengers. Berkeley, CA: Regents of the University of California.

Arnett, B. (2004). The nine planets. retrieved Mar 30, 2004, from A Multimedia Tour of the Solar System Web site: hhtp://

Trimpe, T. (n.d.). Astronomy lesson plans. retrieved Mar 30, 2004, from Adopt a Constellation Web site: hhtp://

Heather Wihongi

Created Date :
Mar 30 2004 17:18 PM