The Poetry of Science
1. If possible, add some fun to sharing this poem with a poetry prop—show a box of cereal or the ingredients panel from any food package before reading the poem aloud.
2. For a follow-up reading, invite students to say the key words in bold while you read the rest of the poem aloud.
3. Share a video on interpreting nutrition facts on food labels, found at KidsHealth (see Internet Resources). Talk about how kids can make healthy choices based on this information.
4. Use this poem to discuss how consumers can evaluate product claims found in advertisements and labels for food. Compare the labels on various products to assess their nutritional value, and then place them into food group sections on ChooseMyPlate (see Internet Resources).
5. Link this with another poem about measuring food ingredients, “Breakfast Alchemy” by Mary Quattlebaum (see Internet Resources) and look for “recipe” poem books such as Guacamole: Un poema para cocinar/ A Cooking Poem by Jorge Argueta (see References).
Black R.H. 2014. “Food for Thought” in The Poetry Friday Anthology for Science, eds. Vardell S. and Wong J., 214. Princeton, NJ: Pomelo Books.
Argueta, J. 2012. Guacamole: Un poema para cocinar / A Cooking Poem. Ill. by Margarita Sada. Toronto: Groundwood.
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