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Learning task 2: Cry Baby Moon

Read the myth 'Cry Baby Moon' to the class - (by Katarina Mataira and Tere Wai Kemp). Discuss and examine purposes of myths.

Read another 'Moon' myth. Identify similarities/differences. Group activity, retell a 'moon' myth - role play, finger puppets.

Introduce other myths through shared, guided, independent reading.


  • creation myths
  • myths that explain natural phenomena
  • legends about heroes/heroines.

Collect and read myths/legends from a particular country.

Read Greek/Maori myths/legends, build up a chart of the gods/godesses included in the stories and add the characteristics of each.

Teacher the retelling of a familiar myth.

Website links

The Encyclopedia Mythica
 A searchable encyclopedia containing over 4200 articles about gods/goddesses, heroes, supernatural beings and legendary creatures and monsters from all over the world (Aztec, Celtic, Chinese, Egyptian, Etruscan, Greek, Haitian, Hindu, Japanese, Latvian, Mayan, Native American, Norse, Persian, Polynesian and Roman).

Animal Legends

24 stories about animals, such as "How the Kangaroo Got His Tail".

Regional Folklore and Mythology
 An index of Myths and Legends pages divided into regions.

Folk and Fairy Tales: Web Site Links

Aboriginal Myths and Legends

Native American Myths and Legends

Greek Myths

Updated on: 16 Apr 2018