As I mentioned in a previous post here at STEM Friday about discovering STEM poetry books, reading science poetry with children has many benefits. It is an opportunity to introduce the poetry fans to STEM and the STEM fans to poetry. In addition, science poems can be read and enjoyed by children with a range of reading abilities. The use of sensory language and vivid imagery is likely to bring a new depth to scientific concepts. Combining science and poetry is a winning mix.
The Poetry Friday Anthology for Science: Poems for the School Year Integrating Science, Reading, and Language Arts by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong is a wonderful new resource for educators to share science poetry throughout the year.
The K-5 Teacher Edition, shown above, contains 218 science poems by 78 poets, one for each weeks for the 36 weeks of the school year for Kindergarten through 5th Grade. To help extend the poems, every one is accompanied by a 5-step mini-lesson with connections to the new Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).
The poems are also available in grade-specific Student Edition volumes, each containing 36 weeks of science poems (and a few bonus poems) that are nicely illustrated with line drawings. They are just the right size for young children to hold and enjoy.
For printables and additional resources, be sure to visit the publisher, Pomelo Books.
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