Friday, April 15, 2011

Poetry Month: Celebrating Math in Poetry

Over at Brimful Curiosities, they are celebrating National Poetry Month. Each week, they are doing a blog link-up where children post illustrations of poems that they've read. I thought it would be fun to illustrate some math poems.

I recently purchased Marvelous Math: A Book of Poems. My 8yo chose to illustrate the title poem, "Marvelous Math." The first stanza:

"How fast does a New York taxi go?
What size is grandpa's attic?
How old is the oldest dinosaur?
The answer's in Mathematics!"

Looking for more ideas? Read the math poems that another homeschooling family wrote. You can also look through previous math poetry blog posts for additional ideas. Some of the Shel Silverstein poems would be particularly fun to illustrate.

If you'd like to read more on the topic, you can find several sections from the book Math Poetry: Linking Math and Language in a Fresh Way by Betsy Franco here. And here are Mr. R's Math Poems.  Or maybe you want to illustrate a math poem of the week or another poem from this massive list.

If you post your child's math poetry illustration in your blog, please comment with a link. I'd love to visit! Also link-up at Little Sprout Books (poetry books), Random Noodling (poetry Friday), Brimful Curiosities (poetry illustrations), and Learning All the Time (favorite resources.)

And here are some kids' poetry games and activities to try on-line!


  1. Ihave that book! Great idea to illustrate it!

  2. I am so glad to have found my way to your blog today. I hope you don't mind if I share some resources with you.
    I wrote a post on math and poetry at the beginning of the month.

    I also have a number of thematic book lists for math.

    Finally, I have a web site for my students (preservice teachers) that has information about reading and writing in math. You'll also find links to free downloads and reproducibles.

    I am going to send my students to visit your blog. You have many good ideas that I know they will benefit from. Thanks so much for sharing them!


  3. Thanks for participating in our challenge this week. The mathematics poem provided a lot of interesting inspiration for an illustration. I'm wondering, what is the significance of the Milky Way candy bar? It must be in a part of the poem that you did not share.

  4.'re right, I only shared the first stanza. I think he illustrated everything in the poem. ;)

    Thanks for hosting!

  5. I read the poem to K and asked her to draw something about math. She drew a big elephant that weighed 800 lbs. LOL.

  6. This sounds like a fun book! Great picture, too.

  7. Super picture :)

    So many great resources in this post! Thanks for sharing them. Maybe you could consider linking up over at "Favorite Resource This Week"? (

  8. Thanks for linking up at Feed Me Books Friday! So many excellent resources and suggestions! As a (former) language arts teacher, I loved finding a poetic connection to any other subject!


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