We never tire, we humans,
of searching the moon:
finding it wherever it is in the sky,
mining its faraway & so close surface for messages,
timing its passages,
assigning it metaphors and meanings
for every night of every day.
In second grade, we study the moon to observe changes over time. Now, in addition to all the poems ("The New Moon" by Eve Merriam, "Del Ombligo de la Luna" by Francisco X. Alarcon, and my own "The Moon Moves") we already use to enrich our moon study, I can bring in Laura Purdie Salas's If You Were the Moon and, from Elaine Magliaro's collection Things to Do, "Things to do if you are the MOON."
Laura's book came to me a little too late to use as our kick-off this year, but next year, that's what I'll do. It's that perfect combination: lyrical language connecting personal experience of the moon to each reader and nuggets of concise scientific information. Jaime Kim's friendly illustrations do a lot to clarify the concepts. A page that many of my students will find really helpful is
Catch and throw. Catch and throw.
At night, the moon seems to glow in the sky. But the moon is made of rock. Like the
Earth, it does not create any light. Instead, the moon "catches" light from the sun
and "throws" it toward Earth.
Elaine's poem covers some of the same ground (how could it not?), and yet makes the moon new again. I hope she and illustrator Catia Chien will forgive the amateur photography, but besides wanting to show off the whole gorgeous page, this busy teacher doesn't have time to fight Blogger over the formatting of this perfect poem!
|from Things to Do by Elaine Magliaro (Chronicle Books 2016)|