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Earth Verse: Using Science in Poetry

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Grades 3 – 5
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Four 50- to 60-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Valerie A. Adair, M.Ed.

Willow Grove, Pennsylvania


International Literacy Association


Materials and Technology

Student Interactives



Teacher Resources




  • One or more copies of Science Verse by Jon Scieszka (Viking, 2004)

  • Index cards

  • Colored markers or pencils

  • Chart paper

  • Dictionaries and thesauruses

  • Copies of poems parodied in Science Verse (see Preparation, Step 2)

  • Computers with Internet access (optional)

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Theme Poems

Grades   K – 5  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing Poetry

Theme Poems

Formerly known as Shape Poems, this online tool allows elementary students to write poems in various shapes.


Acrostic Poems

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing Poetry

Acrostic Poems

This online tool enables students to learn about and write acrostic poems. Elements of the writing process are also included.


Diamante Poems

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing Poetry

Diamante Poems

This online tool enables students to learn about and write diamante poems.


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1. Obtain and familiarize yourself with the book Science Verse by Jon Scieszka. If possible, get extra copies to share with students during Session 1 (one copy for every five students in your class).

2. Make one copy each of the following original poems that are parodied in Science Verse, for Session 1, Step 4:
Alternatively, you might bookmark the poems on your classroom computer to access them during Session 1.

3. List the titles of the poems in Science Verse on the front of index cards-one card per poem. On the back of the cards, list some of the science facts identified in them. For example, using the poem, "Water Cycle," list the title on the front of the card and the science vocabulary words or facts from the poem-such as "precipitation," "evaporation," or "H2O"-on the back of the card. You will use these cards in Sessions 1 and 2.

4. Familiarize yourself with the Descriptions and Sample Poems handout. Make one copy for each group of five students for Session 3.

5. Print one copy for each group of five students of the Checklist for Diamante Poem, Checklist for Acrostic Poem, and Checklist for Theme Poem handouts for Session 3. Depending on how many students are in your classroom, several groups may have the same checklist. Create your own diamante, acrostic, and theme poems for three different science facts to use as a model in Session 3.

6. Visit the interactive Acrostic Poems, Diamante Poems, and Theme Poems pages. Bookmark the interactives on your classroom or school lab computers for Session 4. If you experience technical difficulties, you may need to download the newest version of the Flash plug-in, which is available for free on the Site Tools page of this website.

7. Print one copy for each student of the Poem and Participation Rubric. You will fill this out for each student in Session 3.

8. Print one copy for each group of five students of the Self-Assessment Checklist. Groups will fill this out in Session 3.

9. Refer to your current science lesson for topics to use for students' poems. Suggested topics include animals, biomes, the universe, mass and matter, body systems, and recycling. Gather sources (both print and online) for students to use when writing their poems.

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