Using Poetry Across Disciplines

Ways Teachers Can Incorporate Poetry

Poetry in Science, Social Studies, and Math

Rillero, Cleland, and Conzelman's article The Nature of Haiku explains how to guide students to appropriate observation skills for science and writing about science, while also presenting us with ideas for assignments involving haiku writing in the science classroom. We are also given student opinions on writing haikus in science versus in the language arts classroom. Our first photo gives us an example of a tanka poem written in a science classroom, giving us even more ideas for incorporating poetry.

Maxim's article Writing Poetry in the Elementary Social Studies Classroom informs us that creative writing, including writing poetry, in the social studies classroom allows students to put their own story to factual events and time periods. Structured poetry allows students to convey ideas about the topics they are studying, and we see this in our second photo-an example of a two person poem written and presented by two students studying King George III and George Washington.

Blinz's article Fibbin With Poems Across the Curriculum gives us a look at how the Fibonacci sequence can be used in writing poetry, as well as different extensions for other sequences and patterns to be used in organizing poems. Our third picture demonstrates an acrostic poem about math using the word MATHEMATICS.

But Where Do I Start?

An Annotated Bibliography

Wysocki's annotated bibliography What Rhymes with Math? is a phenomenal resource for teachers looking to incorporate poetry into math and other subjects via books and other articles that can be used in the classroom. By separating each book and article into the subjects they address, this bibliography is easily navigated, making it a great starting place for teachers researching how to incorporate poetry into their classroom, no matter what subject.