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The poetry of science

Poems Can Take Us Anywhere

Science and Children—September/October 2020 (Volume 58, Issue 1)

By Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong

Take 5!

  1. After reading this poem aloud, talk about how we can use technology for all kinds of creative purposes like virtual travel scenes or making personal avatars. Just for fun, use to create a simple avatar for yourself and encourage the students to create their own avatars, too.
  2. Read the poem aloud again, and invite students to say the crucial last line together while you read the rest of the poem.
  3. Share example videos of student-made green screen projects (see Internet Resources).
  4. Talk about how digital resources enable us to have virtual experiences without leaving our desks, and how we can use those same tools to create our own virtual worlds. Use this poem to identify and discuss each place featured and talk about the role of “green screen” technology in presenting places virtually.
  5. Compare this poem with another about traveling via technology, “Hello, Hello!” by Janet Wong (see Internet Resources), and read about actual explorers in Trailblazers: Poems of Exploration by Bobbi Katz (see Resources).

Virtual Adventure

by Renée M. LaTulippe

Yesterday I scaled some peaks. 

Looky here: wind-chapped cheeks!


Right after lunch, I rode a gnu,

caught cuckoo birds in Katmandu.


Snowboard? Check. Windsurf, scuba.

After dinner? Played a tuba.


Safari in the Serengeti,

tango with a sweaty yeti.


I can do most anything—


from biking in downtown Beijing

to wrestling deep-sea squid-eos—


with my green screen videos.


Poem © 2014 Renée M. LaTulippe 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. 


LaTulippe, R. 2014. “Virtual Adventure” in The Poetry Friday Anthology for Science, eds. S. Vardell and J. Wong, 215. Princeton, NJ: Pomelo Books.


Katz, B. 2007. Trailblazers: Poems of Exploration. New York: Greenwillow. 

Internet Resources

Examples of student-made green screen poetry projects:

“Hello, Hello!” by Janet Wong

No Water River, Blog of author

Renée M. LaTulippe, Website of author

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