Older Than the Stars!

14 Jul




I’m taking a class at St. Kate’s University this month on the Big Bang Theory. I just read Older Than the Stars by Karen Fox.

I want my students to memorize some short poems this year and her verse from Older Than the Stars would be perfect. It has such great alliteration, rhyming, and repetition. I’d also like to introuduce my students to various forms of writing poetry. Some of the text in this book also suggests a concrete poem.

A website that I’ve used for over a decade for teaching poetry forms is this: http://ettcweb.lr.k12.nj.us/forms/newpoem.htm

Also, there’s a great children’s book called “A Kick In The Head” that has excellent examples of all the various forms.

Also, They Might Be Giants have made a whole album of songs for kids about science. Here’s one of my favorites: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JdWlSF195Y&feature=kp

So for follow-up work I’d suggest:

1. Write your own poem (rhyming, alliteration, repetition, concrete0 on one of the words from the glossary at  the end of the book. This, of course, would require research so I better make sure I have some trade books at various levels on hand. Reading A-Z is a great resource for leveled books that teachers at my school use. Here’s a link to a good resource on the research process: http://www.kyvl.org/kids/portal.html

They could also write a piggy back song instead.

2.Some words not in the glossary; star, galaxy, solar system, constellation. I would love to assign some follow up work on types of planets (rock or gaseous) and types of stars. Not all are created alike…


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