Students may not realize that many people who write
music (not necessarily the ones who sing it), are people educated not only
in music, but also in science. Many descriptive terms used in songs have
roots in scientific information. The recommended poem, "Put the
Planets on a Line" shows how the author Don Cooper is able to weave
facts for all students to enjoy. This poem is also a song.
- Read the poem with the students. Ask them if they
think the poem would help someone remember scientific features.
- Ask the students if they like this type of poem,
which weaves fact into an easy to read piece of literature.
- As a homework assignment, have them choose a planet
and write a poem about it.