# Math Poetry

## Ever tried writing a mathematical poem?

Math and poetry have more in common than it might seem at first glance. They are each precise, creative, and patterned in concisely woven ways. And they can both contribute to engaging summer fun.

Here’s an idea: keep math vocabulary in front of mind in the off-school months by writing poems with those words. Let’s take a look at the steps to do that.

**Step 1: **Write down three topics that interest you right now.

**Step 2: **List 20 math words that may come up in your classroom.

**Step 3:** Write about one of your topics using some or all of these words.

**Here’s a sample list:**

Infinite Solution

Equal Zero

Add Numbers

Subtract Calculate

Minus Fraction

Plus Sum

Divide Equation

Multiply Square

Figure Circle

Count Triangle

**And here’s a poem about a day at the beach, using a lot of those words:**

From the beach, the sea looks infinite,

Look at all the people here for sun and swim,

I can’t possibly calculate them all,

And they’ve multiplied every hour,

I’m here today, plus my family,

You can add my best friend to that,

And we want to figure out a beach game to play,

With zero electronics while we’re out here,

I think we’re equal to that task,

In fact, I have just the solution,

If we only had a beach ball to toss…

Oh, look! My granddad brought one from home,

I can always count on him for fun things to do,

And after we play ball, we’ll have sandwiches,

Minus the sand,

And when the sun goes down,

We’ll all circle back home again.

Composing poems in a geometric shape is another way to combine math and poetry. Like the Diamante Poem, which you write in the shape of a diamond. This style of poem has seven lines containing respectively one, two, three, four, three, two, and one words.

**Here’s an example of a Diamante Poem:**

Now

becomes the

Perfect time to

Save nickels and dimes

To buy something

Really good

Later

**Or, maybe you could write your own triangle-shaped poem, like this one:**

Hello,

I am a good

Friend of animals

And the birds in trees,

I love to take walks in woods

And listen to the green forest sing

Its ancient songs of moss and raindrops

Then, we sit for a picnic beneath tall shade.

You’ll find all kinds of delightful math and geometry poems for early and upper elementary school students in Mr. R’s World of Math here!

### Ali Cunlisk

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