Stars: A Fibonacci Poem

Dava Sobel‘s The Glass Universe continues to inspire me. Although I couldn’t find any direct relationship between stellar spectra and the Fibonacci sequence, a mathematical form seemed appropriate for this topic.

in white light.
Spectral lines reveal
elemental composition
and temperature to sleuths who probe their mystery.

© Catherine Flynn, 2017

Star Spectra by Secchi, [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Writing poems in a specific form can be a fun yet challenging way to summarize learning in any subject area. The concision of poetry forces kids to hone in on the essential aspects of a topic, book or article. It also provides an authentic purpose for using subject-specific vocabulary.  As I wrote this poem, I found my biggest challenge wasn’t the basic science behind the stellar spectra, but getting the right words to match the syllable count of a Fibonacci poem.

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11 thoughts on “Stars: A Fibonacci Poem

  1. Thank you for so much in this post, especially your poem and the introduction to Fibonacci poems. I’m looking forward to giving them a try! Fitting a content-specific topic into a form looks like a real challenge.


  2. Thanks for reminding me of this form. Last week we got to the letter E for Ekphrastic, so when we return we will be on F. Fib poems, of course. This science is fascinating but way above my head. Thanks for the inspiration.


  3. I am right there with Margaret – I am not a science teacher for a reason! I wish more of our content areas would use writing poetry as a way to show mastery of concepts. Maybe I should them this! 🙂


  4. Great sounds in “spectral lines” and “sleuths,” Catherine. The 3rd graders I visit sometimes write Fibs with their science unit on Light. They would love this poem!


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