Wonders of the Sky

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Libraries Unlimited, 2004 - 197 páginas


Examining natural phenomena through the lens of ancient mythology and from the perspective of modern day science, this unique book encourages students to appreciate the magic in both myth and science. This twofold approach helps to clarify the commonality of all human experience with nature, across cultures and throughout time. Eight myths, each from a different cultural background, are accompanied by scientific explanations. By comparing the different explanations for such occurrences as comets, meteors, and eclipses, students will learn to appreciate the similarities in experiences of these phenomena, as well as the contrast between ancient and current comprehensions of the world.

Helpful diagrams and engaging illustrations enhance student interest and understanding. Ideas for activities, projects, and field trips, along with lists of recommended bibliographies and websites, serve as springboards for further study. An invaluable resource for studies of science and ancient history, Wonders of the Sky provides a refreshing approach for students in school library, public library, and classroom settings. Grades 4-8

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The Sun
1
RAS PERILOUS JOURNEY A MYTH FROM EGYPT
2
THE SCIENCE OF THE SUN
5
TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION AND PROJECTS
12
SUGGESTED READING FOR TEACHERS
21
The Moon
23
HENG O AND HER PALACE ON THE MOON A MYTH FROM CHINA
24
THE SCIENCE OF THE MOON
26
THE SCIENCE OF THE MILKY WAY
93
TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION AND PROJECTS
101
SUGGESTED READING FOR TEACHERS
109
Comets
111
THE SCIENCE OF COMETS
114
TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION AND PROJECTS
122
SUGGESTED READING FOR TEACHERS
129
Meteors
131

TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION AND PROJECTS
32
SUGGESTED READING FOR TEACHERS
44
The Stars and Constellations
45
THE RAM WITH THE GOLDEN FLEECE A MYTH FROM GREECE
46
THE SCIENCE OF THE STARS AND CONSTELLATIONS
48
TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION AND PROJECTS
56
SUGGESTED READING FOR TEACHERS
68
The Planets
69
THE SCIENCE OF THE PLANETS
72
TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION AND PROJECTS
79
SUGGESTED READING FOR TEACHERS
88
The Milky Way Galaxy
89
YACANA THE LLAMA AND THE SECRET OF RAIN A MYTH FROM PERU
90
METEORS CHILD A MYTH FROM NORTH AMERICA
132
THE SCIENCE OF METEORS
135
TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION AND PROJECTS
145
SUGGESTED READING FOR TEACHERS
154
Eclipses
155
THE SKY MONSTER WHO ATE THE SUN A MYTH FROM MEXICO
156
THE SCIENCE OF ECLIPSES
159
TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION AND PROJECTS
168
SUGGESTED READING FOR TEACHERS
179
Teacher Resources
181
Bibliography
185
Index
191
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AMRA ANDREWS is a college reference librarian and a freelance writer. She has written two encyclopedias of mythology: Legends of the Earth, Sea, and Sky: An Encyclopedia of Nature Myths (1998), and Nectar and Ambrosia: An Encyclopedia of Food in World Mythology (2000). She developed a love of mythology and sky legends while working as a librarian for the McDonald Observatory at the University of Texas, Austin, and her research into astronomical legends led her to publish many radio scripts and articles for Star Date, a radio show and magazine produced by the McDonald Observatory. Andrews continues to contribute scripts to Star Date and articles and abstracts for several reference book publishers. Wonder of the Sky is the first in a series of four guides that teach lessons on natural phenomena through the reading of myth and legends.

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