The Poetry Friday Anthology for Science

Although I got carried away and did a full review at Growing with Science, I also want to share this wonderful new resource here.


Reading poems to children throughout the year has many benefits. It increases their vocabulary, makes them more comfortable reading, and can make topics more memorable. The new book, The Poetry Friday Anthology for Science (Teacher’s Edition): Poems for the School Year Integrating Science, Reading, and Language Arts by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong, gives you the tools to do so.

The K-5 Teacher Edition has 218 science-related poems by 78 poets. It is set up so the teacher can read one poem a week for a 36 week school year, for each of grades K through 5.  Every poem has a 5-step (“Take 5!”) mini-lesson with connections to the new Next Generation Science Standards.

student-editionsSeparate student editions are also available for each grade that have 36 poems (plus a few bonus poems).  Each poem is on a separate page and illustrated with line drawings.

For budding scientists, hearing science poetry might increase their interest in language arts. For budding poets, reading science poetry will make them realize that any topic can be fodder for a poem. The Poetry Friday Anthology for Science is win-win!

Be sure to visit the publisher, Pomelo Books, for printables and additional resources. Also, Poetry Friday is an ongoing blogger celebration of poetry for children. Check the Kidlitosphere Central website to find out more about it.

Paperback: 308 pages
Publisher: Pomelo Books (February 28, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1937057976
ISBN-13: 978-1937057978

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