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Friday, January 22, 2010

Poetry Friday--Learning Geology

We learn geology the morning after the earthquake.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~

This has been the week to learn more about geology. Sadly, for the people of Haiti, the earthquake isn't metaphorical.

Children's book publishers have found that alternative ways of teaching science are a welcomed change for many teachers. Earthshake: Poems from the Ground Up by Lisa Westberg Peters [J 811 PET], introduces children to concepts of geology through poems. The poems are accompanied by colorful collage illustrations by Cathie Felstead.

The book contains twenty-two poems. Notes at the end of the book simply explain the ideas that have been mentioned in the poetry. Here's a sample poem, one that I think would be particularly appealing to kids:

Of course, a good teacher will use the poems as a starting point for an exploration of the inner workings of our planet. One place to look for additional information is the U.S. Geological Survey/National Park Service's site.

When the regular classroom teacher is done teaching geology, she/he can hand the book over to the art teacher. Kids can look at the book as an example of collage and be inspired to create their own illustrations. It's win-win all around!

This week's Poetry Friday Round-Up is hosted by Liz Scanlon at Liz in Ink--while you're there, make sure you congratulate Liz on the Caldecott honor awarded this week for her book, All the World [JP SCA].


  1. This book looks wonderful and as devastating as things like earthquakes are, better to know and understand them. Yes?

    (Thank you for Caldecott cheer!)

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  3. This book seems really interesting