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Poetry about Motion

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Here is a list of poetry by Shel Silverstein to consider adding to your resources for teaching about force and motion unit. These could support activities that meet NGSS 3-PS2-1♦ and 3-PS2-2◊.

sport-1013876__340A Light in the Attic, Shel Silverstein

  • force: “ADVENTURES OF A FRISBEE”
  • inertia: “FANCY DIVE”
  • pendulums: “HOW TO MAKE A SWING WITH NO ROPE OR BOARD OR NAILS”

Every Thing On It, Shel Silverstein

  • gravity: “THE JUGGLER”
  • gravity: “TURNING INTO”
  • gravity: “GOOD IDEA”
  • gravity: “LOVE IS GRAND BUT…”

Falling Up, Shel Silverstein

  • buoyancy: “SOMETHIN’ NEW”
  • gravity: “FALLING UP”

Where the Sidewalk Ends, Shel Silverstein

  • buoyancy: “HOMEMADE BOAT”
  • friction: “MAGICAL ERASER”
  • motion: “THE ACROBATS”

Plan and conduct an investigation to provide evidence of the effects of balanced and unbalanced forces on the motion of an object.

Make observations and/or measurements of an object’s motion to provide evidence that a pattern can be used to predict future motion.

Do you have other suggestions for poetry about motion?

5 thoughts on “Poetry about Motion

  1. I agree. Adding poetry is a wonderful idea here. Brain research supports poetry/songs even when memory
    declines, as in Alzheimer patients. Still the recall of these items often resurface. Amazing that we can also
    “cement” some of these concepts with young students.

  2. I have always felt that the connection to poetry or songs helps cement new ideas in the brain. The brain seems wired to have mnemonic approaches to help with science and math.

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