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The Poetry of Science

To the Moon With Poetry

Take 5!

  1. Display an image of the Moon in the background as you read this poem aloud. One great source is NASA’s website, “Earth’s Moon” .
  2. Share the poem again, inviting children to pantomime the motions suggested in the poem (e.g., step, hop, tromp, plod, spring, jump, stride, bounce, leap) as you read the poem aloud again.
  3. Work together to research five facts about National Moon Walk Day (July 21, 1969), the day the first astronauts set foot on the Moon. 
  4. Use this poem to talk about gravity on the Moon and how it differs from gravity on Earth. NASA’s site “About the Moon” is full of images and information to share.
  5. Link this poem with another about the Moon,Queen of Night” by Terry Webb Harshman (Internet Resources), and with poetry selections from A Full Moon Is Rising by Marilyn Singer (Resources) or the nonfiction picture book Moonshot by Brian Floca .
Moon Walk—July 21, 1969
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Moon Walk—July 21, 1969

by Susan Blackaby

Neil Armstrong 
landed the Eagle
in a tranquil sea.
Then he stepped out to:

Moon walk hop.
Moon walk tromp.
Moon plod, spring, jump,
stride, bounce, leap.

He left moon walk tracks 
and moon walk traces—
the first footsteps across 
the face of the Man in the Moon.


Poem © 2015 Susan Blackaby 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.   

Resources

Floca, B. 2009. Moonshot. New York: Atheneum.

Singer, M. 2011. A full moon is rising. New York: Lee & Low.

Internet Resources

About the Moon
https://moon.nasa.gov/about/in-depth/

Earth’s Moon
https://moon.nasa.gov

“Queen of Night” by Terry Webb Harshman
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/361625045058757304/

References

Blackaby S. 2015. “Moon Walk—July 21, 1969” in The Poetry Friday Anthology for for Celebrations, eds. Vardell S. and Wong J., p. 197. Princeton, NJ: Pomelo Books.

Floca B. 2009. Moonshot. New York: Atheneum.

Singer M. 2011. A full moon is rising. New York: Lee & Low.

About the Moon

Earth’s Moon

“Queen of Night” by Terry Webb Harshman

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