Science and Poetry Writing Prompts

Veins across the world
light from the kite in the storm
Earth’s nervous system
Sci-ku by Emma Hartley, aged 17

Everyone should be a budding scientist. Our students should be curious, experiment, explore, and conduct research in their everyday lives. One reason why many students feel science is beyond them or overwhelming is because they don’t make an emotional connection to the science. In celebration of National Poetry month, I have created a visual science poetry calendar to inspire students to write science poems. I did this with Google Calendar and Thinglink. Feel free to make a copy of my digital calendar shown below and edit as you wish for any subject. You can add your own title and image. Add homework challenges, writing prompts, lesson starters, or resources for students to explore.

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Create a Digital Calendar

To create your own interactive digital calendar:

  1. Go to my Google Calendar Template and make a copy. Below, see tabs for May to December 2016. Edit the calendar as you need.
  2. Take a screenshot of the calendar so it is a jpg or png image.
  3. Upload this image to ThingLink.
  4. Add your prompts, challenges, missions, experiments, readings, or sites to explore.


Challenge: Create your own digital calendar to inspire students to explore your topic in meaningful ways.

Science and Poetry Links

  • Poetry That Moves– 3 animated poetry videos by students
  • Science Poems– site full of examples for children
  • Watchers of the Moon– poetry and physics in the nineteenth century
  • Sci-ku– an explanation how to create a science haiku with student examples
  • @ScienceHaiku– Twitter account setup for a 7th grade class with links to science news
  • SciKu– art and haikus visualizing various scientists’ research.
  • Haikus of Science– how one teacher gets his students to write haikus related to science diagrams
  • Science Poetry Slams– an article with information on how to set one up
  • SciFaiku– science fiction haikus


Science, by shellyterrell

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Shelly Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell is a teacher trainer, instructional designer, adjunct professor, and the author of The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers: Small Steps to Transform Your Teaching and Learning to Go: Lesson Ideas for Teaching with Mobile Devices, Cell Phones and BYOT. She has been recognized by the ELTon Awards, The New York Times, the Ministry of Education in Spain, and Microsoft’s Heroes for Education as an innovator in the movement of teacher-driven professional development and education technology. Recently, she was named Woman of the Year 2014 by Star Jone’s National Association of Professional Women and awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, the Twitter chat that spurred over 400 teacher chats. She has trained teachers and taught learners in over 25 countries and has consulted with organizations worldwide such as UNESCO Bangkok, The European Union aPLaNet Project, Cultura Iglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, and VenTESOL. She shares regularly via, Twitter (@ShellTerrell), and Her greatest joy is being the mother of Rosco the pug.

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