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.

Most poems are relevant to the primary science curriculum. Students and teachers use these resources for lessons, science projects, Eisteddfod recital contests and even theatre plays by:


  • CONSILIENCE is an online Journal where the sciences and arts meet. We’re celebrating the publication of Science Rhyme FLOWING INTO INDIGO in Issue 16 themed COLOUR.
  • Celia recites THE GARDEN WITHIN on YouTube and writes about this poem’s amazing journey HERE.
  • There’s now a CHRISTMASTIME RHYMES Facebook Page sharing ideas and stories relevant to this little book – which is now available through the Bookshop page.
  • Read our April eNewsletter HERE.  You can find them all on the Bits and Pieces page.
  • Our poetry theme for Science Week 2024 is LOVING LIVING THINGS. Find out more HERE.
  • Your Poems page became too full! So they moved to smaller blog pages. Select the Blog tab, then choose “Your Science Poems” to find them all again.

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With support from the Regional Arts Development Fund, all poems in The Science Rhymes Book 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

Aurora Borealis


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 will the Easter
Bunny appear.
Descriptions of monsters
that cause us great fear.
And how crystal balls
make everything clear.

While we’re a child, all answers seem true
(until we get older and think them all through).
But even as adults we frequently 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

Light Years

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