Thursday, August 16, 2012

Science Corner: Outstanding Science Poetry for Kids

National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) has produced an annual list of "Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K - 12" since 1973.  The NSTA's purpose is the "stimulation, improvement, & coordination of science teaching & learning".  Their book review panel selects the titles from a variety of genres, & notes which of the National Science Content Standards each book matches, such as "Science as inquiry", "Physical science", "Science & technology". 

There have been several works of poetry to make this list since 2001, mostly nature-related, & several are available in the library catalog. Sylvia M. Vardell of Book Links magazine suggests "Share these science-poetry titles in combination with an informational title on the same topic, examining how information is presented in prose & in poetry.  Or consider how the book's illustrations (whether paintings, prints, or photographs) offer details alongside the poetry."

At the Sea Floor Café: Odd Ocean Critter Poems written by Leslie Bulion

What's for Dinner?: Quirky, Squirmy Poems from the Animal World written by Katherine B. Hauth

Dark Emperor & Other Poems of the Night written by Joyce Sidman

Ubiquitous: Poetry & Science about Nature's Survivors written by Joyce Sidman

Guess What is Growing Inside this Egg written by Mia Posada

Tracks of a Panda written by Nick Dowson

Butterfly Eyes and Other Secrets of the Meadow written by Joyce Sidman

Song of the Water Boatman & Other Pond Poems  written by Joyce Sidman

Welcome to the River of Grass written by Jane Yolen

Our Big Home: An Earth Poem by Linda Glaser

No comments: