From fireflies to bumblebees
The lights were turned off, and the glow of a flashlight could be seen flickering off and on at the front of the room. The poem was about fireflies and came from a book titled Joyful Noise – Poems for Two Voices, and the Loveland Elementary School (LES) fourth grade students who memorized it, had a captive audience of parents in Katie Craft’s classroom as they creatively told the story of the life of a firefly. As the sound of applause from a job well done filled the space, the lights turned on and two more students were front and center – these two, dressed as bumblebees.
“We teamed up with Mr. Rodriguez’s class for this poetry performance,” explained Katie Craft, fourth grade teacher. “Students in both language arts classes worked to author their own original poetry as well as memorize two voice poems during the entire month of May just for this occasion. In addition, each of the students created a keepsake poetry book of their original works.”
The hard work earned smiles spread across the classroom from the audience. Parents had phones out snapping pictures with video cameras recording the moment.
“The excitement was mutual,” said Craft. “We were thrilled to host this event and put our creativity on display for both parents and peers to enjoy. It was a great way to showcase our learning and a fun way to wrap up the year.”
Photo caption (L to R): LES fourth grade student Paula Alarcon and Jackson Rush dressed as bumblebees for their poetry performance.