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Lesson Plan: Stars - Reading

Subject:  Reading 

Grade: 3 

Lesson Objective: To read a myth about a constellation and discuss the message conveyed in the myth. 

Common Core Standard:  CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.2- Recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text. 




  • Have you ever taken time to look up at the stars at night?  How do you feel when you look at them?  (Allow the students to answer.) 



  • Today we are going to be talking about stars.  First, we are going to read a myth about the constellations Ursa Major and Ursa Minor. 

  • A myth is a story that is told to explain why something is the way that it is.  Greek mythology is a group of stories that were told by ancient Greek people to explain the things around them.   

  • There are myths about where people lived, seasons, emotions and the sun, moon and stars. 

  • While I read the myth to you, I would like you to be thinking about what message the story is sending.  (Read the myth) 

  • After hearing the myth, what do you think?  How do you feel about the story?  (Allow the students to answer) 

  • I am going to give you a worksheet that has questions about the myth that I read to you.  I will also be giving you a copy of the myth so that you can read it to yourself. 

  • After you have finished reading the myth again and doing the worksheet, we will talk about your answers. 

  • Does anyone have any questions?



  • Who would like to share your answers?  (Allow the students to share.)  

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Written by Kimberly Greacen, Education World® Contributing Writer

Kimberly is an educator with extensive experience in curriculum writing and developing instructional materials to align with Common Core State Standards and Bloom's Taxonomy.

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