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The Poetry of Science

Celebrating Engineers

Take 5!

  1. Draw or show a giant question mark and alert children that this poem asks a lot of questions. Then read the poem aloud with a questioning voice.
  2. Share the poem again and invite children to answer the questions raised in the poem by chiming in on the key word engineers while you read the rest aloud.
  3. Use this poem to help children describe what engineers do. One helpful resource is (Internet Resources). Make a list of all the items included in the poem (building, airplane, toaster, TV, computer chip, bike, water ski).
  4. Pair this poem with the picture book Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty (Resources) and talk about how imagination is an important part of engineering.
  5. Link this poem with “National Aviation Day” by Tamera Will Wissinger (Internet Resources), with poems from Incredible Inventions, edited by Lee Bennett Hopkins (Resources), and with the fun app, Build and Play 2 (Internet Resources).

On National Engineers Week

by Suzy Levinson

Who designs a building that’s
so tall it scrapes the sky?
And the airplanes high above . . .
which seem too big to fly?

Who draws up the plans for stuff
like toasters and TVs?
How about computer chips,
bikes, and water skis?

Who creates things, big and small,
that we use every day?
The answer: engineers, of course!
This week’s for them—hooray! 

Poem © 2015 Suzy Levinson from The Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations (Teacher/Librarian Edition) by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong © 2015 Pomelo Books; illustration by Frank Ramspott from The Poetry of Science: The Poetry Friday Anthology for Science for Kids © 2015 Pomelo Books.   


Levinson, S. 2015. “On National Engineers Week” in The Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations, eds. S. Vardell and J. Wong, 71. Princeton, NJ: Pomelo Books.


Beaty, A. 2013. Rosie Revere, Engineer. New York: Abrams.

Hopkins, L.B. 2009. Incredible Inventions. New York: HarperCollins.

Internet Resources

Build and Play 2 app

“National Aviation Day” by Tamera Will Wissinger

Engineering Interdisciplinary Elementary

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