In an effort to provide additional reading support for the fifth grade classes, Lower School librarian, Mrs. Madelyn Kresinske, started a video blog (vlog) series she shares with the fifth grade faculty members to show to their classes.
Created on her iPhone using iMovie and an app called Clips, “Books for Bulldogs with Mrs. K” is a trendy medium that engages the students in an interactive fashion. In each video, Mrs. Kresinske gives her book recommendations and takes students on a journey related to the time of year, the novels she recommends, or the fifth grade lesson plans.
Prior to winter break, her vlog challenged the students to write haikus, featured two book recommendations, showcased gingerbread house-making and a piano debut, as well as a tour of the holiday lights at the Botanical Gardens.
Even though it was optional to participate, 28 students submitted holiday haikus. Holidays, a favorite tradition, and general winter themes were the different prompt options.
“A few students went above and beyond and wrote up to six different haikus,” said Mrs. Kresinske. “They were really impressive, and I was thrilled to see so many students partake in the challenge.”
Mrs. Kresinske awarded goodie bags to the students who participated as a token of appreciation. Here are a few examples of the haikus submitted:
Advent Calender by Bonnie Claire Baum
Full of special gifts
Open the door filled with joy
Winter by Taylor Purcell
Snug by the warm fire,
Cozy blanket in my lap,
It feels like winter.
Hannukah by Ayla Kell
Hannukah is here
Everyone filled with cheer
The best time of the year
Holiday Haiku by Zachary Armentrout
Holidays are here
Family all together
Under the bright tree
Produced two to three times per month, the vlogs have included virtual field trips to places such as the Chrysler Museum of Art; lessons in exercise through classroom yoga tutorials; and information on a range of topics, from cystic fibrosis to the Newbery and Caldecott literary awards. The fifth graders are looking forward to their next vlog adventure!