“Scientists, Scientists, What Do You See?” Circular Poem #NationalPoetryMonth #NaPoWriMo

Happy National Poetry Month! This month I am tagging along with poet/author Amy Ludwig VanDerwater during what has become her annual NPM Project. You can click here to learn more about this straight from Amy! This year she is writing and sharing a new poem every day, each highlighting a different poetic technique, but keeping the same subject. Her challenge, 1 Subject 30 Ways, is also a bit of an informal book study, as she’s using her fall 2017 release Poems Are Teachers (Heinemann) as her guide. Join us!

Today’s poetic technique chosen by Amy is a poem with a circular structure. My subject is, and will be all month long, vernal pools. The life cycle of the frog felt like the perfect circle to honor with this challenge. I penned “Scientists, Scientists, What Do You See,” which is of course inspired by Bill Martin, Jr.’s Brown Bear, Brown Bear, several years ago for my Kindergarteners to perform at our end of the year celebration. I love that the metamorphosis of our vernal pool frogs mimics that of our Kindergarten scientists/writers/ mathematicians/poets.

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I also hope you will stop by Live Your Poem daily to follow along the journey of the 2018 KidLit Progressive Poem, a fun annual collaborative project lovingly begun in 2012 by poet/author Irene Latham. The poem will magically, and quite literally this year, be growing right before our eyes daily during the month of April. This year we are following along the journey of a seed, Jasmine, and her companions Moon and Owl. Jasmine is just taking off on a journey with Owl by the light of the moon. The process is fascinating and this year I am diving in for the first time with a line right in the middle of the month — April 18th.


This post is part of my personal National Poetry Month celebration. I hope you’ll join me in sharing your favorite poetic gems throughout the month of April whether they are written by you, your students, or another poet.

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3 thoughts on ““Scientists, Scientists, What Do You See?” Circular Poem #NationalPoetryMonth #NaPoWriMo

  1. Clever! Your subject matter is so well suited to this form. I bet your kinders love this poem. I can just hear their little voices reading it in chorus. I admire your commitment to writing this month!


  2. I love the repetition and rhythm of the words – and the subject matter too! I’m amazed at all the poetry forms you’ve used so far this month. Thanks for sharing. I now know I must get Amy’s book.


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