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TEKS Guide: The Poetry Friday Anthology for Science

  • Title:The TEKS Guide: The Poetry Friday Anthology for Science
  • Author:Sylvia Vardell, Janet Wong
  • Publication Date:June 2014
  • Grade Level:K-5
  • ISBN:9781937057886
  • Publisher:Pomelo Books

In this 109-page TEKS Guide, you will learn which poems from The Poetry Friday Anthology for Science (available separately in a Teacher's Edition and also Student Editions for K, 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5) address which TEKS in Science, in Technology, and in English Language Arts and Reading for every grade level, K-5.

Science TEKS

You will find a matrix for each grade level (K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5) indicating which poems address which skills identified in the TEKS for science.

Technology TEKS

In addition, a matrix documents which poems align with which TEKS skills and subskills in the area of Technology Applications.

Poetry TEKS

Finally, if your emphasis is on teaching English Language Arts and Reading, there are charts that will help you document your treatment of the relevant TEKS in the area of English Language Arts and Reading as you share the 218 science-rich poems in The Poetry Friday Anthology for Science.

About The Poetry Friday Anthology for Science

Even without this TEKS Guide, The Poetry Friday Anthology for Science (K-5 Teacher's Edition) is useful to teachers; each of the 218 poems (by 78 award-winning and popular poets) has a "Take 5!" mini-lesson that explores science standards while also incorporating literacy skills. This TEKS Guide simply spells out, in handy charts, which particular poems match which particular TEKS.

Match poems and science lessons using the weekly themes or index to identify relevant science topics. Set the stage for a planned science lesson by taking 1 minute to read a science poem. Or end with a poem to reinforce concepts and build knowledge retention!

Topics covered: scientific practices, lab safety, tools of science, matter, force/motion/energy, light and sound, space, the water cycle, weather and climate, forces of nature, natural resources, ecosystems, video technology, computers, famous scientists, science careers, and more.

About the Student Editions

For a complete learning experience, pair this Texas TEKS Guide with the K-5 Teacher/Librarian Edition and also the illustrated Student Edition, THE POETRY OF SCIENCE. The Student Edition presents the poems by theme instead of grade level, and also includes thirty new "bonus" poems, a glossary, and resources for more learning. .

About the Authors

The Poetry Friday Anthology for Science includes poems by 78 poets, including:

—Newbery and Honor winners Margarita Engle, Linda Sue Park, and Joyce Sidman;

—National Book Award winner-finalist Virginia Euwer Wolff;

—Children's Poet Laureates Mary Ann Hoberman, J. Patrick Lewis, and Kenn Nesbitt;

—and popular and award-winning poets Joy Acey, Alma Flor Ada, Linda Ashman, Jeannine Atkins, Carmen Bernier-Grand, Robyn Hood Black, Susan Blackaby, Susan Taylor Brown, Joseph Bruchac, Leslie Bulion, Stephanie Calmenson, F. Isabel Campoy, James Carter, Kate Coombs, Cynthia Cotten, Kristy Dempsey, Graham Denton, Rebecca Kai Dotlich, Shirley Smith Duke, Douglas Florian, Betsy Franco, Carole Gerber, Charles Ghigna, Joan Bransfield Graham, Mary Lee Hahn, Avis Harley, David L. Harrison, Terry Webb Harshman, Juanita Havill, Esther Hershenhorn, Sara Holbrook, Patricia Hubbell, Jacqueline Jules, Bobbi Katz, X.J. Kennedy, Julie Larios, Irene Latham, Renée M. LaTulippe, Debbie Levy, George Ella Lyon, Guadalupe Garcia McCall, Heidi Mordhorst, Marilyn Nelson, Lesléa Newman, Eric Ode, Ann Whitford Paul, Greg Pincus, Mary Quattlebaum, Heidi Bee Roemer, Michael J. Rosen, Deborah Ruddell, Laura Purdie Salas, Michael Salinger, Glenn Schroeder, Buffy Silverman, Ken Slesarik, Eileen Spinelli, Anastasia Suen, Susan Marie Swanson, Carmen Tafolla, Holly Thompson, Amy Ludwig VanDerwater, Lee Wardlaw, Charles Waters, April Halprin Wayland, Carole Boston Weatherford, Steven Withrow, Allan Wolf, Janet Wong, and Jane Yolen.

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Author Bio

Sylvia Vardell is Professor in the School of Library and Information Studies at Texas Woman’s University and has taught graduate courses in children's and young adult literature at various universities since 1981. Vardell has published extensively, including five books on literature for children, as well as over 20 book chapters and 100 journal articles. Her current work focuses on poetry for children, including a regular blog, Poetry for Children, since 2006. She is also the regular “Everyday Poetry” columnist for ALA’s Book Links magazine. Sylvia Vardell’s other professional books include: Poetry Aloud Here: Sharing Poetry with Children (2012) and The Poetry Teacher’s Book of Lists (2012).

Janet Wong is a graduate of Yale Law School and former lawyer who switched careers and became a children’s poet. Her dramatic career change has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN’s Paula Zahn Show, and Radical Sabbatical. She is the author of 30 books for children and teens on a wide variety of subjects, including writing and revision (You Have to Write), creative recycling (The Dumpster Diver), diversity and community (Apple Pie 4th of July), cheating on tests (Me and Rolly Maloo), and chess (Alex and the Wednesday Chess Club). Janet Wong’s poetry books for children include: TWIST: Yoga Poems (2002) and Good Luck Gold (1994).

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