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The Study of Poetry and Literature for Children & Young Adults

Poetry Break #4: A Poem by Douglas Florian

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Introduction: This is an excellent poem for 4th grade science class. Children generally love animals especially ones that seem as smart or smarter than them. This will be a springboard for many educational and fun activities.

The Beaver
By Douglas Florian
 
 
 
 
Wood-chopper
Tree-dropper
Tail-flopper
Stream-stopper

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Poetry Extension:  Read the poem to your class, 4th grade works well but children first through middle school will be fascinated by the abilities and the intelligence of the beaver. Discuss the activities featured in the poem. Experiment with the children writing their own animal poems.
Take the children on a field trip to an active beaver pond and dam. If this isn't possible, many museums have models made up of beaver dams. This is a wonderful way for children to respond simultaneously to both the magic of the poem and the actual animal.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Florian, Douglas. 2000. Mammalabilia. Ill. by Douglas Florian. San Diego, CA: Harcourt. ISBN 0152021671

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Module 2, Poetry Break #5