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:


  • Can you write a poem about GLASS ?  There’s a pdf of poems and ideas to help you get started on our National Science Week page called OUR WORLD WITH GLASS.  You can also find this request on Science Week’s EXPERIENCE page!
  • Celia spoke with Ann Hopwell about GLASS poetry on her programme LICORICE ALLSORTS at Fraser Coast FM107.5 on Monday 9th May (from 10.12am to 10.26am).  You can listen to the interview via the radio’s website.
  • Read our latest eNewsletter HERE.  You can find all of them on the Bits and Pieces page.
  • Thank you to everyone who shared OUR FRUIT & VEGGIE-VERSE poems  for National Science Week 2021.
  • The eBook version of The Science Rhymes Book – second edition has been released. The print version is only available in Australia, so we hope the release of the Kindle eBook version will be good news for those of you in other countries.
  • 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, 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

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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