Native American Astronomy Lesson Plans

The Sun The Moon The Stars The Constellations





The Sun Lesson #1: The Sun

  • Amount of time required to complete lesson: Approx. ˝ period
  • Reference/Instructional Materials Utilized: "Storm Makers Tipi" by Paul Goble
  • Objectives:
  • Curriculum Standards Addressed: Objects in the Sky – Students Describe observable objects in the sky and their patterns of movement.
  • Physical Phenomena: Students investigate physical phenomena encountered in daily life, including light, heat, electricity, sound, and magnetism.
  • Connection to Culture:
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    The Moon Lesson #2: The Moon

  • Amount of time required to complete lesson: 1 hour/period
  • Reference/Instructional Materials Utilized: "Traditions of the Arapaho" By George A. Dorsey and Alfred L. Kroeber
  • Curriculum Standards Addressed: Objects in the Sky – Students Describe observable objects in the sky and their patterns of movement.
  • Connection to Culture: Each moon in Arapaho is given a different name. Students will be taught how the tribes lived by each moon.
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  • Assignment(s): Students will take home a template. 5 relations will be interviewed as to what month they were born in. Students will take that information, and write what “moon” these relations were born under both in English and in the native language.
  • Assessment(s): 6 trait writing rubric.
  • Extension: Students will complete a “moon phase” worksheet and color.

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    The Pleiades

  • Lesson #3: The Stars
  • Amount of time required to complete lesson: 1 hour/period
  • Reference/Instructional Materials Utilized: "Star Boy" by Paul Goble
  • Curriculum Standards Addressed: Objects in the Sky – Students Describe observable objects in the sky and their patterns of movement.
  • Connection to Culture: Relationship of tribe(s) to certain stars. Native language in relationship to star identification. Native “stories” that relate to stars.
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  • Assessment(s): 6 trait writing rubric.

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    The Constellations

  • Lesson #4: The Constellations
  • Amount of time required to complete lesson: 1 hour/ Period
  • Reference/Instructional Materials Utilized:
  • Curriculum Standards Addressed: Objects in the Sky – Students Describe observable objects in the sky and their patterns of movement.
  • Connection to Culture: Native language and oral stories relating to the constellations.
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