The 4th graders are winding down their year long study of the Dewey Decimal System. They have participated in activities such as answering questions from the philosophy box to researching social activists. Their last activity of the year was inspired by the book Eureka!: poems about inventors by Joyce Sidman. In the book, Sidman explores famous and less famous inventors and the inventions that somehow changed the world. It is quite a fun read. Our 4th grades spent two class periods exploring the Dewey 600’s section of the library. They were asked to choose and inventor or invention to learn about. After some research they could write a poem, in any style, about their research. Here are some of the poems they came up with.
Electric Cars by Alejandro Leyva
Let’s talk about cars
They are now electric
You might think that is crazy
This might make you hazy
Cars now run with sockets
This puts cash in your pockets
Developed by Ford
They charge with a cord
You save a lot of cash
Because you don’t use gas
Let gas be a thing of the past!
Works Cited: Piddok, Charles. Future Tech. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic Society, 2009.
Microphone by Reagan Bean
First made by Scottish born inventor Alexander Grahm Bell. It was made for telephones to tell.
Then made of 3 nails and wooden block. You could hear it from another block if someone would dare to talk.
Performers hold them in their hand. Other people use a stand.
Boom miss are held up high. Almost reaching the sky.
Microphones are helpful things. Please come and try them they do not sting.
Works Cited: Pohlmann, Ken C. “Microphone”. World Book Student, World Book, 2017. Accessed 7 June 2017
Phonograph by Daniela Rodriguez
Put a disk in me
Wind me up and let my needle play
The turntable will be your dj, we will see
And when the song is done, come.
Works Cited: Pohlmann, Ken C. “Phonograph.” World Book Student, World Book, 2017. Accessed 7 June 2017
Bridges by Madison Wu
Building these walkways took a lot of work
Rickety bridges weren’t safe
Invented more than 4,500 years ago
Declared he conquered the ocean
Gread invention, but scary to walk on
Europe built walkways over rivers and marshes
Safter now, but not back then
Works Cited: Brisco, Diana. Bridge Building. Bloomington: Red Brick Learning, 2005.
Sonar by Catalina Kennedy
O~Observations that will help us learn more about the earth
N~Never ending discoveries
A~Always quiet to the human ear
Works Cited: Hossell, Karen Price. Sonar. Chicago: Reed Elsevier, 2003