Wonders of the Sky

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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 ...

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Overview

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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Meet the Author

TAMRA ANDREWS is an education writer and language arts editor for Publisher's Resource Group, and a former college reference librarian. She has written two encyclopedias of mythology, Legends of the Earth, Sea, and Sky: An Encyclopedia of Nature Myths and Nectar and Ambrosia: An Encyclopedia of Food in World Mythology.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

The Sun

The Moon

The Stars and Constellations

The Planets

The Milky Way Galaxy

Six Comets

Meteors

Eclipses

Appendix: Teacher Resources

Bibliography

Index

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