Using Poetry to Teach about Minerals in Earth Science Class

Audrey Rule, Luke Carnicelli, Sharon Kane, State University of New York at Oswego, Oswego High School, State University of New York at Oswego

This article describes how a high school earth science teacher and a college education professor team-taught a lesson to ninth graders on using poetry to learn about minerals. The professor, a geologist, shared an electronic slide show of poems she had composed about gem minerals that incorporated physical properties, formation, uses, and other information. After instruction, students researched a mineral of choice and wrote poems that contained facts and a personal reaction to the mineral. Some students reported difficulties in finding words to express their ideas in rhyme, but expressed satifaction in the sense of accomplishment in producing a scientific poem.

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Subject: Geoscience:Geology
Grade Level: Graduate/Professional
Topics: Solid EarthKeywords: Cognitive gains, Teaching practices