Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong have delivered a stellar, anthology of classroom-ready poems that deliver science, reading and langauge arts lessons for K-5 and middle school. The books no sooner hit my library than they were out being “field tested” by teachers, and slipped into lessons great and small. Now that the school year winds down, they’ve come back dog eared and happy, having inspired and supported teachers and students’ scientific and creative discoveries.
Pomelo Books has bundled thin individual student editions for each grade that contain poems for each of the 36 weeks of school, plus a short glossary, supporting websites and index.
Two teachers’ editions cover K-5 and middle school, giving succinct a “Take 5!” box of tips for introducing the science, reading aloud, discussion, science lesson demonstration and suggestions for pairing the poem with other non-fiction and literary texts.
The twin challenges of CCSS adoption and finding time to bring best practices to our students are beautifully met by this second of the Poetry Friday anthologies and supporting website. Teacher librarians do any school a favor to slipping these bright, shining examples of integrated cross-discipline brilliance into the mix of language arts, reading and science lessons.
Ever-inspiring poet Janet Wong, sent these treasures out to me in when they were just-picked fresh from Pomelo. Their popularity at school let them slip from my grasp, causing too much time to slip by until posting this review. In the meantime, they’ve been used-and acclaimed- by many including this review that have pointed me to another science resource worth following, the Growing With Science Blog. Thanks Janet!
Originally appeared at http://bookmansbytes.blogspot.com/2014/05/poetry-friday-anthology-for-science.html