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Multipurpose Poetry: Introducing Science Concepts and Increasing Fluency

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Multipurpose Poetry: Introducing Science Concepts and Increasing Fluency

Grades 3 – 5
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Four 30-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Sarah Dennis-Shaw

Avon, Massachusetts


International Literacy Association


Materials and Technology





  • Insectlopedia by Douglas Florian (Voyager Books, 2002)

  • Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices by Paul Fleischman (Harpercollins Juvenile Books, 1992)

  • Computer with Internet access

  • Chart paper and markers

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Research Information worksheet

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  1. Copy the following poems from the two books listed under Materials and Technology in the Resources section onto chart paper.

    From Insectlopedia:

    "The Treehoppers"

    "The Whirligig Beetles"

    "The Crickets"

    "The Mayfly"

    From Joyful Noise:


    "Whirligig Beetles"

    "House Crickets"


  2. Before teaching this lesson, students should have had multiple experiences with choral poetry readings. They should be familiar with different choral reading formats and comfortable working in small cooperative groups.

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