What is the approximate speed of light? Find out by watching the video clip Light Years

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The first edition of this children’s reference resource Celia Berrell’s Science Rhymes contains 34 poems about biology, chemistry, physics and earth sciences.  Educationally sound and artistically crafted, it merges poetry with science literacy to present an entertaining smorgasbord of bite-sized portions from the primary science curriculum.

All poems have been checked for scientific accuracy by James Cook University’s Science Educator, Dr Clifford Jackson. Dr Jackson concludes that “… the poems are very creative and model a text that is understood in science education. The poems will help my students to see the potential in different mediums in science teaching. Overall Science Rhymes is an excellent project that will have considerable long term benefits for people who use the resources on this site.”

A hard-copy version is available on-line through Harley’s Educational (AUD $9.50). It is also found as a Kindle eBook from Amazon Australia.

  • Double Helix magazine has been publishing Celia’s work for many years now. Her poems are a different way for young readers to enjoy science stories. They bring science to life with imaginative language, and a sense of fun and play” JASMINE FELLOWS – Editor, Double Helix magazine, CSIRO Publishing
  • “We have been delighted to use Celia’s structured rhymes as a science resource for pre-service teachers since 2010. They provide an intuitive approach to key concepts within the primary science curriculum.” ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR HILARY WHITEHOUSE – Graduate Research Education, James Cook University
  • “Working with Celia’s science rhymes is a creative route into the science curriculum. Children engage with the humour, rhythm and rhyme, grasping science concepts almost by accident.” ANGELA UTLEY MSc BEd Hons – Classroom Teacher and Assistant Head-teacher UK

Poem titles include:

Light Years (distances in space) – Home page
Aurora Borealis (Earth’s magnetic field) – Home page
Scary Shadows (light and dark) – Home page
A Food Chain (eat and be eaten) – Home page
Springing to Action (flexible forces) – Poetry in Science page
Battle of the Bulge (Earth-Moon gravity) – Poetry in Science page

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