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 (@ShellTerrell) is an award winning digital innovator, an international speaker/consultant, and the author of Hacking Digital Learning with EdTech Missions, The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers, and Learning to Go. She has trained teachers and taught English language learners in over 20 countries as an invited guest expert by organizations, like the US Embassy, UNESCO Bangkok, Cultura Inglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, ISTEK Turkey, and Venezuela TESOL. She has been recognized by several organizations and publications as a leader in the movement of teacher driven professional development as the founder and organizer of various online conferences, Twitter chats, and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Two of the projects she co-organized were shortlisted for ELTons, #ELTChat and the Virtual Round Table Language and Technology online conference. She was named Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women, awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, and named as one of the 10 Most Influential People in EdTech by Tech & Learning. Her greatest joy is being the mother of baby Savannah and Rosco the pug. Shelly has an Honors BA in English with a Minor in Communication and a specialization in Electronic Media from UTSA, a Masters in Curriculum Instruction ESL from the University of Phoenix, and a CELTA from CELT Athens. She regularly shares her tips for effective technology integration via Twitter (@ShellTerrell),, and on her blog,, which has won several awards and recognitions as one of the top ESL, Edtech and Elearning blogs. Find over 400 of her slide presentations at

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