Can poetry inspire science? In MYP, it can!
Ms. Canan’s MYP 4 Science students started the year with an infusion of poetry into their science class. Their first unit’s title “Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink!”, is inspired by the famous poem “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” written in 1797-98, by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Mr. McCarthy was the guest in the class and he read and explained the first two parts of the poem to the students. Later on, the students had the chance of making connections between the poem, the unit title and the statement of inquiry, “The accessibility and quality of clean drinkable water has direct consequences on human health and development.” They wrote their own inquiry questions which will guide them to explore the key concept “relationships” and related concepts “form” and “consequences” under the global context “fairness and development”.