I’ve always been a big fan of the science poems and songs of Meish Goldish. His work serves as a wonderful vehicle for imparting science concepts in a fun and accessible way, especially for students with special needs. The fact that his work frequently uses time-dependent repetitive lines is also valuable as it assures that there is always a switch activated participatory role for the students that are cognitively young. When working at the Henry Viscardi School in Albertson New York I frequently rendered Meish Goldish poems and songs into Animated Step-by-Steps to support their science agendas. Something about presenting the science content with a rhyming cadence seemed to be a good fit for mixed ability classrooms.
If you are interested in developing educational materials for use in your school, check out the resource by Scholastic called 101 Science Poems and Songs for Young Learners. This resource also offers a wealth of information on activities that can support the various poems.
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