Saturday, April 16, 2016

Science + Poetry = Constellations and the night sky

Here is the next installment in my series of science poetry tied to science-themed picture books. My graduate student, Elizabeth Jackson (in my "Poetry for Children" class) selected the focus on “constellations and the night sky” 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 constellations and the night sky. The focus picture book pair is:
  • When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer by Walt Whitman (ill. by Loren Long)
  • Spots of Light: A Book About Stars by Dana Meachen Rau
Elizabeth focused on the classic Walt Whitman poem in one of the featured books, “When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer.” Below is a graphic featuring all these books, followed by the featured poem, and then the Take 5 activities to accompany the poem along with a "bonus" poem, “Orion Nebula” by Mary Lee Hahn from The Poetry of Science. Enjoy!

Science of poetry graphics created by Elizabeth Jackson

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Maria Gianferrari said...

I also love the Dickinson poem that begins, "Arcturus is his other name/I'd rather call him star."

Sylvia Vardell said...

Hi, Maria, thanks for stopping by again. I share your love of Emily Dickinson's poetry too!