Academic journal article Science and Children

Poetry by the Numbers

Academic journal article Science and Children

Poetry by the Numbers

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Take 5!

1. Before sharing the poem, show an image of a bridge in the background. Choose one from HistoryofBridges.com, for example. Then read this poem aloud with enthusiasm.

2. Share the poem again, but this time invite students to read the crucial middle stanza (I use computers. I use my brain. / I think and test till the answer is plain.) while you read the rest of the poem aloud.

3. Collaborate with students to create a quick digital photo collage with Canva, a free graphic design website, pulling together images for key words from the poem in a new, visual representation of the poem's topic. Show the students the choices of text, fonts, and images, while you input those items and create the finished product.

4. Use this poem to help students describe what engineers do. Make a list of all the inventions included in the poem (bridge, wheel, robot, rocket, electronic device, running shoes, anti-snoring device). Talk about the tools needed to create these inventions (computers, brain, tests). …

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