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Poetry for Energy and the Five Senses

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Teaching light? Sound? Heat? Five senses?

Here are a few poems from familiar poets you might consider sharing with your students as you teach science.

I chose familiar poets hoping you could find them in your school or local library if you don’t have the poetry book on your shelf.

The New Kid on the Block, Jack Prelutsky

  • sound or sense of hearing: “Louder than a Clap of Thunder”
  • heat or sense of touch: “I’ve Got an Itch”
  • sense of taste: “I’d Never Eat a Beat”

Something Big has Been Here, Jack Prelutsky

  • sound or sense of hearing: “I Know All the Sounds that Animals Make”
  • heat or sense of touch: “My Woolen Sweater Itches Me”

A Light in the Attic, Shel Silverstein

  • light or sense of sight: “SHADOW RACE”
  • heat or sense of touch: “SQUISHY TOUCH”

Falling Up, Shel Silverstein

  • light or sense of sight: “CARROTS”
  • sense of taste: “POISON TESTER”

Where the Sidewalk Ends, Shel Silverstein

  • light or sense of sight: “AFRAID OF THE DARK”
  • sense of taste: “THUMBS”

What other poems are great to add to a unit about energy or the five senses?

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