Teaching Poetry

Science Mentor Texts

Looking to combine science and writing? Check out these poems that can be used as templates to create your own poems about animals and nature. Let these published poems provide the inspiration and structure you need.

Poem Templates About Animals And Nature

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Below are some poems from Family Friend Poems that can be used as mentor texts. These poems were used as inspiration to create templates for others to use to create their own similar poem. Using these examples can be a springboard for classroom assignments about science, or they can be used to enhance your own writing experience.

Animal Description

Are you studying animals or find them fascinating? This one is for you. Pick you favorite animal or one that is being studied to write a poem that includes characteristics about that particular animal.

This poem is also great for practice writing clear descriptions.


© Sierra Marston

Wolves howling towards the moon
Gray and dark
Sitting on a rock
Snow falling all around
Pine trees swaying
green and white
Soft like a feather
Goes to sleep
Wakes up in the snow
Covered in a blanket
Joins the rest of the pack
to get the kill for breakfast
And again for the next day and the next

Source: Wolves by Sierra Marston

Download PDF of Animal Description template to try yourself ("Wolves")



This poem is great when studying seasons or personification. Think of a season and describe it as though it's a person, by using characteristics of the season to describe what it would wear, smell like, and spend time doing.

Have fun with this one! Find out more about personification.

© Olivia Kooker

If winter was a person she would be a girl with frosty hair.
Winter would wear snow pants snow boots, gloves, a hat and scarf.
Winter would smell like hot chocolate and peanut butter and Hershey Kiss cookies baking in the oven.
Winter would spend the day eating cookies and drinking hot cocoa by a lake.
Winter would spend the night by sitting in the snow waiting for morning so children could come out to play.

Source: Winter by Olivia Kooker

Download PDF of Season Personification template to try yourself ("Winter")


Each season has its own set of characteristics that contribute to its uniqueness. Nature fills the lines of many poems, which can be very relaxing to read. Often, poems about nature bring those elements to life, making a reader feel immersed in the environment. 

© Antoinette McDonald

A dark gloomy sunless start
Cold and calculating
Frost on the windows
Icy streets
Snow on the ground
Hot chocolate to be made
Another Winter day

Sun coming over the horizon
Birds singing at dawn's first light
Green grass dusted with morning dew
Mowers mowing
Flowers blooming
Warm rain hitting the streets
Another Spring day

School's out, kids at home
Swimming pools swarming
Air-conditioners humming
Backyard barbecues
Hot sleepless nights
Fireflies flying
Another Summer day

Leaves changing colors
Back to school night
Leaf blowers
A new brisk chill to the air
Apple cider to keep warm
Another Autumn day

Source: Seasons by Antoinette McDonald

Download Download PDF -Try It Yourself ("Seasons")


Our Mother Earth

© Shweta Banerjee

As I walk across the earth,
thousands of things I get to see.
Birds fly high, soaring higher,
and on the flowers I hear the buzz of bees.

The sun at the dawn, rises within the hills.
Mountains covered with snow,
shining like the crown of silver.
And the waves touching the cliffs.
The waterfall flowing down
the green-blue mountains.
Rivers forming a dream delta
before entering the sea.

And while walking on the beach at night,
I feel the cool and sweet smelling breeze.
The slashing sound still feels like
the sound of love and peace.
The moon over the sea,
shining like a ball of gold.
And in every step my eyes hold wonder.
I bend on my knee
to thank the mother earth,
And is the truth.
it's a great pleasure for me,
to live in this wonderland.

Source: Our Mother Earth by Shweta Banerjee

Download Download PDF -Try It Yourself ("Our Mother Earth")

Endangered Animals

This poem can be used to showcase how certain animals have become endangered.

How are they being hunted?

Who is doing the hunting?

Why are they being hunted?

The last question is not answered in this mentor text, but it could be added as another stanza.

Choose an animal you like that is endangered, and start by jotting down answers to the previous questions. Then begin filling in the template.

Whales: An Innocent Death

© Chelsie Woodhead

As the gentle giants swim through the sea,
Not expecting a thing,
A sharp metal object is heading their way,
And they feel a sharp sting.
They don't know what happened,
But they feel a lot of pain,
The innocent creatures,
Are pulled up by a chain.
Now they've figured it out,
They know what's going on,
A whaling harpoon has hit them,
A massive violent gun.
As they're pulled up to the whaling ship,
Their condition deteriorates,
They get weaker and weaker,
They're in a terrible state.
The last thing they see,
Just before they die,
Is the satisfied look,
In the fisherman's eye.
I hope this proves,
How cruel whaling is,
Well how would you like it,
If you were treated like this?

Source: Whales: An Innocent Death by Chelsie Woodhead

Download PDF of Endangered Animal template to try yourself ("Whales: An Innocent Death")



Tynea Lewis is an editor for Family Friend Poems and helped to develop the National Poetry Month Resources for Family Friend Poems. She started her career as an elementary teacher and has had a passion for writing since she was in 1st grade.

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