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The Poetry of Science

Doing Science Anywhere

Take 5!

  1. If possible, the perfect props for this poem would be an egg and a bottle, as mentioned in the poem (whether you use them to demonstrate or not). Then read the poem aloud, holding up your props.
  2. Share the poem again with students chiming in to highlight the sound words (onomatopoeia) in the poem (Scritch!, THWUP!, slooks)  while you read the rest aloud.
  3. This poem reminds us that science can make you laugh! Watch the “Egg in a Bottle” video demo of this experiment and note the laughter in the background (see Internet Resources).
  4. Use this poem to talk about how scientists predict, observe, and record changes in the state of matter caused by heating or cooling. Heating is an essential part of this investigation. The egg is boiled and peeled; a piece of paper is lit on fire and placed in the bottle, reducing the air pressure inside and creating a vacuum. The higher pressure outside the bottle pushes the egg in. When you blow into the bottle, it makes the air pressure higher inside the bottle, so the egg will come out.
  5. Temperature is also an important component in these poems: “Celsius Thermometer” by Renée M. LaTulippe (see Internet Resources) and “Dog in a Storm” by Stephanie Calmenson (see Internet Resources). For more humorous science poems, look for BrainJuice: Science, Fresh Squeezed! by Carol Diggory Shields (see Resources).
Meet Mr. Wizard

Meet Mr. Wizard

by George Ella Lyon

No science lab in my

school, no library

even. But Mr. Swift

does experiments


My favorite is the egg

and the bottle.

The egg has to be boiled

and peeled, the bottle


You also need a strip

of notebook paper

and a match. Scritch!

Flame flowers at the paper

edge. You drop it in the bottle

and place the egg on

the bottle’s lip, blocking

the air so the flame goes




There’s a pause

and THWUP!   

The egg

slooks through the neck.  

This demonstrates

the vacuum

and proves

that science

can make

you laugh!


Poem © 2014 George Ella Lyon from The Poetry Friday Anthology for Science by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong © 2014 Pomelo Books; illustration by Frank Ramspott from The Poetry of Science: The Poetry Friday Anthology for Science for Kids © 2015 Pomelo Books.


Lyon G.E. 2014. “Meet Mr. Wizard” in The Poetry Friday Anthology for Science, eds. Vardell S. and Wong J., 154. Princeton, NJ: Pomelo Books.

Shields C.D. 2003. BrainJuice: Science, Fresh Squeezed! San Francisco: Chronicle Books.

Egg in a Bottle

“Celsius Thermometer” by Renée M. LaTulippe

“Dog in a Storm” by Stephanie Calmenson

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