How to Write and Perform a Math Poem

Jenn WeeksWrite a math poem

Here is one way to write a math poem (see also a pdf handout):

  • Pick a math topic (like probability, division, measurement, fractions, or algebra)
  • Make a list of words and ideas that relate to your topic
  • Write metaphors and similes about your topic using your list of words or ideas. Metaphors and similes link two things that are not usually connected but do share some common elements. Metaphors are phrases like "addition is a birthday party ". Similes are like metaphors but use the words "like" or "as", as in "graphs are like a radio".
  • Explain your metaphors and similes. For example:
    • Addition is a birthday party, you always get more, you get a bit of money, and presents galore
    • Graphs are like a radio, both can bring bad news
  • Write a poem using your metaphors and similes and their explanations.

Perform your Poem

Here are some ways to perform your poem:

  • Illustrate the poem with your own artwork, like the poems shown on the right ... for more examples, see the Durham District School Board poems.
  • Create a dramatic reading of your poem.
  • Use Story Telling software, like Photo Story, Movie Maker, iMovie or iPhoto, to create a multimedia performance of your poem. The Help me, Fermi music video was created using Photostory.
  • Create a song based on the poem, and record its performance ...

Share your Poem

Share a performance of your poem in our Math Performance Festival.