Celia Berrell’s Science Rhymes
What do salmon eat? Find out by listening to A Food Chain
Science Rhymes provide an enjoyable way to befriend science in small packages.
Many poems are relevant to the primary science curriculum. Students and teachers from around the world are entertainingly informed through these resources for lessons, science projects, Eisteddfod recital contests and even theatre plays by:
- purchasing the hard-copy version of the book Celia Berrell’s Science Rhymes on-line from Harley’s Educational, Cairns, or in-store at Collins Booksellers, Smithfield, Queensland
- buying the Kindle eBook of Celia Berrell’s Science Rhymes from Amazon Australia (about $1)
- downloading 14 poems in the free PDF of Let The Show Go On
- checking out the video / audio / printed poems displayed at the bottom of each webpage
- following Science Rhymes on Facebook and Twitter
- There’s a collection of Latest News blog posts on the left hand side of this webpage
- Plenty of Your Poems are coming in – thank you!
- For National Science Week (15th to 23rd August), we’re holding poetry events in Cairns.
- This includes a free public presentation of “The Science & Poetry of Light” on Saturday 15th August from 10am at Handmade Cans 1/47 Shields Street, (near Cairns Central shopping centre).
With support from the Regional Arts Development Fund, Science Rhymes have been checked for their scientific accuracy and educational relevance by James Cook University’s Science Educator Dr Clifford Jackson.
There are no poems relating to human reproduction within these collections, so as to avoid any concerns about the age levels of viewers. Links to other websites have been carefully considered.
|Scary Shadows||Energy and change||Light|
|Light||Shadows; sunlight; artificial light|
Scary Shadows by Celia Berrell
My shadow on a sunny day
when standing clear of any tree
starts at my feet and makes a shape
of black that looks a bit like me.
But when it’s dark a table-lamp
will cast a shadow on the wall.
And down the hall the shape it forms
will hardly look like me at all.
The shadow from a light close-by
creates a kind of monster shape.
That slithers round the walls and doors
like vampires in their long black capes.
When lights are dim the shapes look weird.
We conjure-up all kinds of gloom.
There are no monsters, vampires, ghosts.
It’s just the shadows in the room.
|Aurora Borealis||Energy and change||Forces|
|Magnetic Fields||Earth; solar wind; Magnetosphere|
|A Food Chain||Life and Living||Animals|
|Eaten and be eaten: feeding relationships||Food-chain; phytoplankton; photosynthesis|
Click to listen to A Food Chain
|Why||Investigation||Facts & Myths|
|Investigating Science||Changing Views|
Why by Celia Berrell
Why as a child is a popular word.
It shows that we want to know more of our world.
And sometimes we learn
some incredible things:
Like why the sky’s blue
and what is a gnu
and how you can catch
the measles and ‘flu.
And back in the past
how much harder life was
because of the things
that nobody knew.
It’s part of our nature to want to know why
despite that the answer’s a truth or a lie.
And sometimes we learn
some incredible myths:
Like why Santa comes
only once a year.
And when can a stork
bring a baby here.
Descriptions of monsters
that cause us great fear.
And how crystal balls
make everything clear.
And so as a child, the answers’ all true.
Until we grow up and think them all through.
But even as adults we sometimes find
it’s not always easy to change our mind!
|Light Years||Earth and Beyond||Stars|
|Measuring distances in space||Speed of light; distance; time|