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ERIC Number: EJ1037396
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Apr
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 9
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8148
Observe, Explain, Connect
Vardell, Sylvia M.; Wong, Janet S.
Science and Children, v51 n8 p31-35 Apr 2014
Like science, poetry often involves a high level of abstraction in language and ideas, requiring specific critical-thinking skills and promoting interaction. Casteel and Isom (1994) acknowledge, "The literacy processes are the means by which science content is learned because content information is rooted in written and oral language" (p. 540). Infusing poetry into the science curriculum can serve to jump-start or introduce a topic, present examples of terminology or concepts, provide closure that is concept-rich, or extend a science topic further. This article describes an interdisciplinary lesson using poetry and science that highlights the parallels of the disciplines while developing literacy.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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