Academic journal article Science and Children

Differentiating Instruction through Poetry

Academic journal article Science and Children

Differentiating Instruction through Poetry

Article excerpt

Two poems on one topic can offer two different ways to approach the same topic and help students at different levels learn. Here, we offer one poem that is playful with concrete examples of gravity, along with another poem that gives us a more abstract look at gravity. Choose the one that works best for your students, or use both for reinforcement or to compare and contrast.

TAKE 5!

1. To introduce the Spinelli poem, drop a book on a table or the floor as a clue to what the poem is about. Then read the poem aloud. For the Sidman poem, use web resources like Google.com/earth to view images of Earth from space to set the stage before reading the poem aloud.

2. Read each poem aloud again and invite students to say the last line together with you.

3. Do a bit of quick collaborative research on gravity. NASA's Space Place offers helpful visuals including how much we would weigh on Mars, Jupiter, or Saturn.

4. Use either of these poems to talk about the concept of gravity and how things on earth (like books, socks, hailstones, acorns, rocks, trees, elephants, kites) can move, but are bound back to Earth by gravity. …

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