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INTRODUCTION: Gravity is all around us, it's what keeps us on the ground. A science lesson with this poem in it could really be profound. Sometimes science classes contain fact after fact after fact, why not add a little humor?



ISAAC NEWTON

Sir Isaac Newton sure was smart,
beneath the apple tree.
When one fell off and hit his head,
he said, "Wow, gravity!"

For Newton was a genius
and not a common slouch.
A genius cries, "Gravity!"
Most others just say, "ouch!"


Calvin Miller
from "A Bad Case of the Giggles"
Selected by Bruce Lansky
Illustrated by Stephen Carpenter
(Meadowbrook Press, 1994)



EXTENSION: After reading this poem you could have students do an experiment showing the force of gravity. Leave this poem posted in your science center for students to read while you're studying gravity.