Sunday, April 03, 2016

Science + Poetry = The human heart

Here’s the next installment in my series of science poetry tied to science-themed picture books. My graduate student, Maria Alvarez-Vaquez (in my "Poetry for Children" class) selected the focus on “the human heart” from the series of professional resource books, "Picture Perfect Science Lessons" by Karen Ansberry and Emily Morgan (and published by the National Science Teachers Association). Here are her three infographics centered around the human heart. The focus picture book pair is:
  • Hear Your Heart by Paul Showers 
  • The Busy Body Book: The Kid’s Guide to Fitness by Lizzy Rockwell
The poetry book that works perfectly with this book pair is The Blood Hungry Spleen by Allan Wolf, and in particular, the poem “You Can’t Beat Your Heart.” Below are the graphics featuring all these books, followed by the featured poem and Take 5 activities to accompany the poem along with a "bonus" poem, "Cancer" by Mary Lee Hahn, from The Poetry of Science. Enjoy!

Science of poetry graphics created by Maria Alvarez-Vazquez


laurasalas said...

These posts are awesome, you guys. Can't wait to see all the science/poetry offerings throughout the month!

Sylvia Vardell said...

Thanks, Laura! I'm very proud of my students and the good work they've done. More to come!

Jenn C said...

Your site is amazing. What a wonderful way to make poetry accessible for children and show the complementary relationship between art/poetry/science- something near and dear to my heart. Looking forward to more posts!

Sylvia Vardell said...

Thanks, Jenn, and thanks for stopping by! Glad to meet a kindred spirit!

Maria Gianferrari said...

These are great! I wasn't familiar with any of them, so I'm looking forward to checking them out!

Thanks, Sylvia :)

Maria Gianferrari said...

Forgot to mention--not just heart related, but Leslie Bulion's Random Body Parts is a fun book to read aloud!