Today my students revisited the poem, Go Fly a Kite by Laura Purdie Salas. The poem combines kite flying and some science of flight. After reading and studying the poem, students were challenged to write their own science-based poem. And they did!
Here’s a couple of student examples. The first is D’s poem about the egg drop experience that kids were working on before school closed. They ended up completing this experiment at home.
And I’m not surprised that P managed to get basketball into his science poem! (Everything is about basketball in P’s mind!)
You may notice that the mentor poem was both a rhyming poem and a concrete (shape) poem–and there is evidence of the concrete shape in D’s poem and the rhyme (even when it’s a stretch) in P’s. It’s a good reminder to me to think those aspects through when I am selecting mentor poems for writing.
My own poem was inspired by the sky when I headed out for my walk this morning and was immediately drawn to look up at the sky.
Read the Future
and read the future
in that freckled sky
blue skies veiled
by layers of stratus
where water molecules
gather and condense
will they release
the promised precipitation?
race down our already saturated hills?
to keep the sky blue
pushing back against clouds
the rain away
that freckled sky
might be a crystal ball
What science concepts might you include in a poem today?