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