Poetry in Science
Why are the Earth and Moon falling out? Find out by listening to The Battle of the Bulge
SEVEN REASONS WHY SCIENCE AND POETRY ARE PALS
- they’re allowed to state the obvious without making anyone feel foolish
- they can explore comparisons between familiar and unfamiliar ideas and information
- they’re free to create bizarre and amusing mnemonics
- rhymes provide a secure framework, making new science concepts less daunting
- we can think ahead and anticipate the next rhyming word
- verses break up information into manageable segments
- poems can be read and recited many times
Teachers who want to make their science lessons reach out to their students include a poem. High-achieving students take on the challenge to write their own science poems.
|Springing To Action||Energy and change||Forces|
|Forces and their effects||Springs; flexibility; energy|
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Springing To Action by Celia Berrell
Sprrr-ing is such an active word.
You can hear it gathering up its force.
Ready to burst out a kind of ping.
Releasing its energy on a course.
It’s the name we give to the season when
all living things gear up to abound.
We use it to label a water source
that’s pushing its way through the spongy ground.
It’s also the name we give a device
that bends and moves but will not crack.
It’s often metallic and flexible.
If it’s pushed or pulled, it does the same back.
A spring isn’t always a coiled-up wire.
It could be a curve or a V-shaped bend.
Like a bow that shoots arrows through the air
or a pair of tweezers with open ends.
A spring can be made from a plastic mould.
a blister or mound or a curvy dome.
They’re hidden in keyboards for typing things
or used on the pad of a mobile phone.
A pen you can click, a used paper-clip.
A clock that goes tick, a peg you can grip.
A doorknob that twists. A bike bell that rings.
It’s likely they’ve all got some kind of Sprrr-ing!
|Battle of the Bulge||Earth and Beyond||Forces|
|Gravity||Earth; Moon; Gravity; Friction; Tides|