1-2-3 Come Do Some MLK Activities With Me
Dr. King used nonviolent protest and the power of words, as a weapon for social justice.
The vocabulary associated with this period in history, involves all sorts of “big words”; without knowing these words, one cannot begin to understand the times or Martin's life.
To break it down for my kiddos, I read a variety of stories, so I designed the "Building Vocabulary and Making Connections With Martin Luther King Stories" packet.
I use Martin’s Big Words, by Doreen Rapport to introduce his life. Ms Rappaport has taken the words of MLK and woven in her own, creating an easy-to-understand book for youngsters.
My students also enjoy Dr. Seuss’s The Sneetches. It’s the perfect illustration of how unfair and ridiculous prejudice is.
What if the Zebra’s Lost Their Stripes is another favorite, as well as The Crayon Box that Talked, and Sesame Street’s We’re Different, We’re the Same. The packet includes a list of 24 other favorites.
Later, we discuss words like discrimination, prejudice, injustice, unfairness, race, diversity etc.
After reading the books, and referring to the stories, my students understand more clearing these difficult concepts.
Our discussion takes us through connections that we can make with the stories and characters. (Text to Self, Text to Text, and Text to World)
I’ve included worksheets for this that can be done as a whole group, or individual activity.
Encourage students to use some of the “big words” you’ve discussed. I designed this word work packet to reinforce that new vocabulary. Pick and choose what’s appropriate for your kiddos.
The packet also includes: Worksheets, a word search, student-made dictionary, plus 63 trace & write word cards.
From Dr. King’s words, and our word work, we turn to their personal hopes and dreams for the future. They express things in their own words (big and small) through writing prompts and craftivities.
The "67 Martin Luther King Writing Prompts" packet is loaded with ideas. I truly believe that if you provide students with interesting and intriguing prompts, they’ll get excited and want to get right down to the business of writing.
To jump start their thoughts, I’ve included 2 Venn diagrams, which are a quick, easy and fun way to introduce comparison and contrast.
There’s also a set of four, thought-provoking, poster-like worksheets, as well as a list of 60 other writing prompts to choose from.
Because I find quotations very motivational, I often use them to provoke discussion, which leads to writing what the quote means and if you agree or disagree with it and why.
With this in mind, I’ve included a list of my 35 all-time favorite quotations by Dr. King.
Print a copy and pass it around. Students choose one or two to write about. You could also write one each day on the board. Students comment on it in their writing journals.
Another quick, easy and fun thing you can do for Martin Luther King Day is an MLK number puzzle.
If you'd like to mix math with literacy, have children color, cut and glue their puzzle to a sheet of construction paper, leaving a small gap in-between each piece to create a cool mosaic effect, then complete a writing prompt on the back.
Punch a hole at the top and suspend from the ceiling. There are 31 puzzles to choose from. They come in black and white as well as color, reinforcing sequencing numbers from 1-10, counting backwards from 10 to 1, plus skip counting by 2s, 3s, 5s, and 10s.
Today's featured FREEBIE is an MLK crafty pinwheel prompt.
The results are awesome and look complicated, but are very simple. Just follow my step-by-step picture tutorial.
I used black and white scrapbook paper, but a variety of color options would create vibrant results. Punch a hole at the top, and suspend from the ceiling.
If you missed yesterday's blog featuring lots more MLK writing prompt craftivities, simply scroll down.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a wonderful MLK Day with your students next week.
As for me, the wind is howling outside my window, whipping the dusty snow cover into swirling twirling patterns. A good day to snuggle in and craft, a truly rewarding winter "sport".
"In crafting there are no mistakes. Just unique creations." -Unknown
1-2-3 Come Do Some Snowflake Activities With Me
My kiddos absolutely LOVE snowflakes. The entire month of January, finds us in a flurry of snowflake-themed activities. I'm featuring two of our favorites today.
The snowflake word family craftivity packet, is a quick, easy and super-fun way to practice and review word families.
The activities are great for a whole group, independent center or Daily 5 word work.
Completed projects make a simple, yet awesome winter bulletin board .
Put the two word work posters in the center, then scatter students’ snowflakes on a blue foil background (I use wrapping paper.)
The packet includes:
* 4 large snowflake templates
* 70 snowflake word family cards
* A list of the 70 word families, with 987 word examples!
* A word family sentence worksheet
* A word family bookmark, which students can use to write word family words on the back, plus . . .
* A cover to make a word family booklet
Another snowflake activity that I think your students will enjoy is the 2D snowflake shapes game.
It's a quick, easy and fun snowflake matching game, with several ways to play.
Students can play independently as a center activity, or pick a partner and play a game. They match shape to shape card, shape card to shape card, shape to shape, or shape card to word card.
There's a "color the shape" spinner game as well. I often use these activities as an interesting and fun way to assess.
If you're looking for an awesome winter bulletin board or fun writing prompt that your kiddos will get excited about, then this "snow" special family snowflake craft's for you.
It's a quick, easy and fun "homework" assignment, which even PK kiddos can do with the help of their families.
Completed projects make a lovely bulletin board. Suspend a few from the ceiling above the board for that finishing touch. Caption: "Brrrrr-illiant Work!"
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.
We have huge fluffy flakes gently falling outside my office window right now. PTL I don't have to shovel.
Wishing you a warm and snuggly day!
"Advice is like snow-the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper it sinks into the mind." -Samuel Taylor Coleridge
1-2-3 Come Do Some New Year "Craftivity" Resolutions With Me!
When one thinks about the New Year, it’s inevitable that a few resolutions come to mind. This was a new word for my Y5’s, so I presented it as a "promise" to themselves, of what they’d like to improve on.
For a quick, easy and fun writing prompt, have your kiddos choose a partner, and take turns tracing each other's hand on the New Year's template. Once done, they fill in the details: "I made these resolutions and I'm trying to keep them..."
This simple January writng prompt makes an interesting Daily 5 activity too. Have students include the year (written on their fingers) and glue their school picture somewhere on the page.
Be sure and make a sample to show your class. My Y5's always enjoyed learning about me. I added a bit more pizzazz by gluing on flat-backed rhinestones to my "rings."
After students share, mount their work on a variety of colors of construction paper and sprinkle over a wintry-printed bulletin board. (I buy discounted Christmas wrapping paper with snowflakes for this purpose.)
Click on the link to view/download the High Five's For A Happy New Year "craftivity."
For another New Year craftivity, I used Tagxedo, one of my favorite educational word art sites. Set this up as an independent computer center for students to think up their own designs and words.
The packet has a list of 68-positive "resolution" words + an ABC booklet for students to "improve" themselves "alphabetically".
Completed projects make a very interesting January bulletin board. Click on the link for this great verb reinforcement tool and vocabulary builder. New Year's Word Art Craftivities.
Another awesome bulletin board for January, features a New Year's writing prompt as well. Here, resolutions are viewed as goals.
Since basketball, soccer and football are all sports where players score goals, I thought it would be fun to have students write what their goals are for the New Year on the ball of their choice. I've included a poster that you can put in the center of your bulletin board as a caption.
Besides the balls, there are also 2 writing prompt pages for journal writing, which includes one with a hockey theme. Click on the link to grab the New Year Goals Packet.
For another creative writing bulletin board and some parts of speech practice, I know your kiddo's will enjoy playing the Fractured New Year writing prompt game. Students take turns rolling the dice to fill in a word from the adjective, noun or verb list, which then creates a hilarious story.
When everyone has completed the game, have students read their stories aloud, and enjoy all of the giggles, mount on construction paper, scatter on a few stars (suspend some from the ceiling) and you're done. Click on the link for Fractured New Year fun.
Finally, I’ve also designed a New Year's graphic organizer with some interesting writing prompts for students to complete. It also includes a box for their resolutions.
Children can draw a picture of themselves or glue a photo in the center oval.
That's it for today. I have quite a few finishing touches that I need to accomplish before I can finally rest and relax.
It's time to get some hustle bustle going, so once again I'm dashing. Wishing you a productive and fun day.
"Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering, it will be happier." -Alfred Lord Tennyson
1-2-3 Come Do Some New Year Activities With Me
As schools are coming to a close for a nice holiday break, I wanted to take a moment to wish everyone a happy, healthy, safe and relaxing New Year. I'm posting these popular New Year activities early, because if you're like me, I wanted to have my first day back, planned and run off before I left for a much-needed break.
I also didn't want to have to worry about putting up a bulletin board, so with that in mind, I designed some writing prompt "craftivities". Completed projects make awesome bulletin boards or hallway displays. (Easy-peasy and another thing checked off my list.)
Along with millions of others, we enjoy watching the Tournament of Roses Parade. With that in mind, I made up 6 interesting writing prompts that you can give your students on the day they they return from break. Quick, easy and fun, the "parade packet" fits in well for your writing block or Daily 5.
One prompt is specifically about the parade, and includes a Venn diagram comparing Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade to the Tournament of Roses New Year's Parade. Venn diagrams are a simple way for students to practice comparison and contrast writing. The other 5 parade-prompts, are generic in nature, so children who don't watch those parades have other options.
Click on the link to view/download the New Year Parade Writing prompts.
Another prompt, is a Happy New Year craftivity. Run the balloon pattern off on a variety of colors of construction paper. Students choose one, trim, and complete the 3 writing prompts. Children add hands to the clock so that it reads midnight. You can also have older students write a longer prompt on the back of their balloon.
The photo shows last year's sample, but I've included two patterns with a blank for years (201____ as well as 202____) so that you can use this craftivity in years to come.
For that finishing touch, tie on some curling ribbon & glue on a school photo. Completed projects look wonderful dangling bak-to-back from the ceiling, or scattered on a bulletin board. Click on the link for the Happy New Year Writing-Prompt Craftivity to view/download it.
Another simple New Year craftivity that makes a great January bulletin board, is entitled "Past Present and Future." Students reflect on the prior year, jotting down memorable moments from that year, as well as their current activities, goals and hopes for the New Year.
My sample is also from last year and from a high school student's perspective. As with the other dated activity, I've included templates through 2024, so you can reuse this idea for awhile as well. Mount them on a variety of colors of construction paper, scatter on a few snowflakes and you're bulletin board's done. Click on the link for the New Year Past & Future writing prompt.
Finally, my personal favorite, is a January writing prompt that I call "More or Less." It's a nice way to review this math symbol as well.
Have students brainstorm a list of things that they think they should do less of (watching TV, playing computer games, fighting with siblings ...) as well as a list of things that they think they should do more of (studying, reading, exercising etc.).
Write these on the board to help with spelling. Students return to their desk and write their own list on the pre-writing paper.
When they are happy with their lists, they write complete sentences on the greater than and less than symbol pages.
Have students color the symbols their favorite colors. When they are done, students trim their papers.
To turn this into a really interesting January bulletin board, have students trace their foot (with their shoe on). Offer a variety of colors for students to choose from.
They cut out their foot, glue on the "More or less I will try to put my best foot forward in the New Year" square, add a photo, name and the year. Click on the link to view/download the More or Less New Year Writing Prompt packet.
That's it for today. Thanks for visiting. I hope you found a few things here that will help launch the New Year with enthusiasm for writing.
I have a few last-minute things to get for tonight's special dinner, so I'm hitting the floor running. Wishing you a stress-free day.
"Remember to enjoy the doing of your "to do" list, and not just the accomplishment of getting it done."
Here are 4 different writing prompts for 100 Day, that are set up as graphic organizers to help students organize their thoughts.
This is a wonderful fine-motor craftivity for your kiddo's for MLK Day. The results are simply lovely. Cover the "Poetry Genre" standard by incorporating the Langston Hughes poem, and add a writing prompt of your own as well.
1-2-3 Come Do Some MKL Day Craftivities With Me
I know a lot of my visitors, also enjoy scrapbooking, so I wanted to design an easy craftivity for MLK Day using the simple pinwheel design. If you don't celebrate MLK Day, these make wonderful Valentine's Day cards too.
I chose a black and white theme to symbolize racial conflict, but you could use whatever colors you like. Simply pre-cut 2 large black squares + a variety of light and dark contrasting scrapbook paper. Each student needs 4 light patterned pieces and 4 dark.
Using my photo tutorial, demonstrate how to glue the pieces down, so they look like a pinwheel.
Add the white writing prompt square to the back, or have students think of their own.
If you need MLK writing prompt ideas, I have a list of 60 they can choose from.
For more pizzazz, students can choose another set of 4 different patterned-squares and glue them to the back, providing a border under their prompt. A school photo adds the finishing touch.
Punch a hole in the top point; make a yarn loop, and hang from the ceiling. Click on the link to view/download the MLK Pinwheel Prompt Craftivity.
I have two more "danglers" to share with you today. Since I had no problem filling up my monthly bulletin board, I needed some other ways to hang up my students' craftivities. Because of this, I designed quite a few things that could "dangle" from the ceiling in the hallway.
Both of these files were done before I had all of the software programs and fonts I use now, but I think you'll find the hand-drawn patterns easy to follow.
A very simple dangler that my Y5's enjoyed making was the MLK Letter "I Have A Dream" one. It was a nice way to review letters and provided much-needed cutting practice to strengthen hand muscles and improve dexterity.
Turn it into a more in-depth writing prompt for older kiddo's, by skipping the heart on the back, and giving them a longer writing prompt for them to record on the back. Click on the link to view/download the MLK Letter Dangler.
Finally, one of my personal favorites, was the "stained glass" dove of peace dangler.
I pre- cut strips of colored construction paper. My Y5's snipped them into squares and glued them in whatever pattern they wanted. More fine motor practice was achieved by having them accordion fold the dove's wings.
To incorporate a bit of poetry and cover the "genre" standard, I ran off the Langston Hughes poem. Click on the link to check out the background of this outstanding and prolific poet.
You could also turn this into a writing prompt and have the poem be the cover that flips open to reveal your students' thoughts about peace and how to achieve it. Click on the link to view/download the Martin Luther King Dove Of Peace Poem Dangler.
Thanks for visiting today. Feel free to PIN away.
"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase. " -Martin Luther King Jr.
For an awesome, yet quick and easy MLK Day craftivity, have your students make this MLK Pinwheel Prompt.
Students have a choice of 5 different MLK Day stationery pages to write on. For a wonderful January bulletin board, mount completed work on a variety of colors of construction paper.