- For a poetry prop, show three photographs—your own or from online sources like Google Images or iStock. Then read the poem aloud faster and faster, slowing down at the end.
- Read this poem aloud again, and invite students to join you on the important last two lines (I’m doing it all / AGAIN). Read those lines together slowly and with exaggerated emotion.
- Science projects can include technological investigations as well as more traditional activities. Brainstorm more possibilities students might consider for science fair projects.
- Recording data and taking notes are an important part of scientific inquiry. Use this poem to talk with students about at what points the “speaker” in the poem should have stopped to take notes during this photo experiment.
- Connect with other poems about conducting investigations like “Testing My Hypothesis” by Leslie Bulion (Online Resources) or “Meet Mr. Wizard” by George Ella Lyon (Online Resources). Or seek out Art Lab for Kids: 52 Creative Adventures in Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Paper, and Mixed Media for Budding Artists of All Ages by Susan Schwake (Resources) for more ideas about other possible media projects.
Wong, J. S. 2014. “My Photo Experiment” in The Poetry Friday Anthology for Science, eds. S. Vardell and J. Wong, 221. Princeton, NJ: Pomelo Books.
Schwake, S. 2012. Art lab for kids: 52 creative adventures in drawing, painting, printmaking, paper, and mixed media for budding artists of all ages. Beverly, MA: Quarry Books.
Janet Wong author website https://janetwong.com
“Meet Mr. Wizard” by George Ella Lyon https://www.pinterest.com/pin/361625045090467414
“Testing My Hypothesis” by Leslie Bulion https://www.pinterest.com/pin/361625045090467441