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Science--Study and teaching (Elementary); Language arts--Correlation with content subjects; Language arts (Elementary);


The primary function of poetry is to bring enjoyment, but poetry can also foster concept development in an instructional program that extends literature across the curriculum. Because of its intense emotional quality and sharp images, it can assist in connecting children's prior knowledge with new concepts.

One of the goals of an integrated program for fifth grade was to integrate literature-based language arts with science. The connection of the language arts and science areas offered children opportunities to engage in the language processes within the functions of language offered in the science area. Through reading and writing poetry and conducting experiments in science, the children learned science concepts and related vocabulary. As children listened to poetry, they were directed to focus on images enlarged upon by the sensory elements of the poetry. Such a perspective is related to the task of observation in the science process. Comparing the aspects of two images in a poem through figurative language provided in-depth learning experiences.

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Master of Arts in Education


Department of Curriculum and Instruction

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Jeanne McLain Harms


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