1-2-3 Come Learn About Martin Luther King With Me
Will you be celebrating Martin Luther King Day on Monday? If so, I think your students will enjoy this quick, easy and fun craftivity.
This Martin Luther King “flip-the-flap” booklet is very versatile, and easy to diversify for your students’ skill levels, making it simple enough for preschool, while being challenging enough for older students.
Don’t know much about MLK? No worries; as a huge time-saver, I’ve included a chronological list of 95 interesting facts about his life, so you can learn right along with your students.
The factual information makes it a breeze to make a timeline if you want.
Perfect for your non fiction studies.
The packet includes a teacher’s edition with colorful graphics, along with factual information on each page, which you can read and share with your students, who’ll be excited to make a booklet of their own.
There are several “fact flap” booklets to choose from:
* Use the black & white graphic pages with no words, for little ones who simply color the pages. The pictures will prompt them to explain the graphics by sharing what they’ve learned.
This provides a quick, easy and fun way to assess comprehension as well.
So that you can create a booklet with fewer pages for little ones, I purposely did not number them.
This also allows you to check comprehension for older students as they collate their pages in chronological order.
* Older students can also use the BW booklet, then write a few sentences sharing what they know about the pictures. (See the last oval in the photo with the pen.)
* There’s also a BW emergent reader booklet, which is packed with Dolch sight words. Children read the simple sentences then color the graphics.
When everyone is done, as a whole group activity, call on students to read a page aloud.
* As another booklet option, I’ve also included a template with 3 blank half-pages on a one-page pattern.
Run these off so students can write and illustrate their own booklets.
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1-2-3 Come Do Some Martin Luther King Activities With Me
Are you doing anything special for Martin Luther King Day? I’ve been thinking about this man and the era I grew up in. I’m in awe of the bravery it took for him to overcome injustice, while forgiving the people that were grossly unjust.
This year, we are celebrating his inspiring accomplishments on Monday, January 20th, in the year of Nelson Mandela’s death, whose trial in 1963 was 50 years ago, as well as the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination. It's also the 60th anniversary of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision by the US Supreme Court, which desegregated public schools.
Although these are national headlines, I think it is sad that today’s generations are relatively clueless, as to what life was like before these individuals and historic events changed the world we live in.
Because of this, I think it’s extremely important to teach a bit of history and take students on a “Back to the Future” ride in time. To help you do this, I compiled a list of 95-Interesting Fast Facts About Martin Luther King.
I enjoyed wading through more than 40 websites and reading over 20 children's books + a few biographies and then fact-checked discrepancies. I thought I knew quite a bit, but learned so many more amazing things!
Did you know that Martin's birth certificate has his name down as Michael, or that he skipped 9th and 12th grade and went to college at the age of 15? Read through the pages, highlight what you feel is relevant and appropriate for your kiddo's, and then share: 95-Interesting Fast Facts About Martin Luther King.
Another way to make the 60's real for your students is to have them watch some brief videos about MLK’s life and listen to a portion of his infamous “I Have A Dream” speech. Click on the link for a list of short Martin Luther King Jr. videos on YouTube. Click on this link for footage of his peaceful march on Washington.
Start the day off by leaving a Happy Martin Luther King Day bookmark on your students' desks. I designed 7 for you to choose from.
You can also use them as incentives and pass them out as children complete tasks. Challenge them to collect all seven to share with their friends. Martin Luther King Day Bookmarks.
After your studies, have students complete their KWL by writing in what they learned.
Now it's time for a story. Simply and easily introduce the concept of discrimination and diversity by reading several books.
Click on the link for my 24 all-time favorite books for Martin Luther King Day.
These are tried and true resources, to help little ones wrap their heads around complex concepts, and really helped my Y5's comprehend the hard-to-understand stuff. Martin Luther King Day bibliography.
After reading some stories and watching a few videos your students can take a short online MLK quiz.
The people over at Kids Activites Blog, suggest comparing a brown chicken egg to a white one. They look different on the outside, but what happens when you crack them open? Students discuss how they are exactly the same on the inside.
You could also do this with M&M's. Have students suck the colored candy coating off, then stick out their tongue to check things out, or simply cut one in half.
An excellent book to read about diversity is Sesame Street's We Are Different, We Are The Same by Bobbi Jane Kates. The rhyming format makes it a wonderful read aloud: "We're different. Our noses are different. We are the same. Our noses are the same. They breathe and sniff and sneeze and whiff."
Finally, making a Venn diagram will also help students "see" similarities and differences, and is a great way to help them organize their thoughts, before they write a comparison-contrast piece.
Children can compare Barrack Obama, the first black President, with MLK or choose the Venn diagram comparing him with Mahatma Ghandi.
It was while at college that MLK started to study Ghandi's passive resistance ideas. Martin thought this peaceful means of protest, could be successful in changing unfair laws in the United States.
To futher understand similarities and differences, students can also choose a friend to compare themselves with, and work together to fill in their Venn diagram. Click on the link to view/download the Martin Luther King Venn digrams.
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"I have decided to stick with love; hate is too great a burden to bear." -Martin Luther King Jr.
What Are You Doing For Martin Luther King Day?
If you plan on celebrating Martin Luther King Day with your students, you may want to take a peek at the 40-page MLK mini unit I’ve put together.
It includes several “craftivities” that are quick, easy and make lovely bulletin boards or hallway decorations.
The 1st is a stained glass window, where students can glue colored tiles in a pattern or simply keep it random.
I’ve included one of my favorite Langston Hughes poems on the back.
I chose a dove to top off this “dangler” because I feel that Martin Luther King's beliefs are synonymous with peace, which the dove is a symbol of.
My Y5’s enjoyed accordion folding paper, to make the 3-D wings, which was a great fine motor activity for them.
The MLK Letter Dangler, allows students an opportunity to express what their dream is, and is a nice review of those capital letters as well.
Click on the link to view/download the Martin Luther King mini unit.
Snowflakes are a huge theme for me in January, so I combined making a strip snowflake for a Martin Luther King activity.
If you cut strips in a variety of colors, your students will create a rainbow blizzard for you, that looks truly awesome on a bulletin board.
Use aluminum foil for the background for that extra bit of pizzazz and suspend cardboard or plastic snowflakes from the ceiling , so that they dangle just in front of the top of your b. board.
Click on the link to view/download the Martin Luther King snowflakes.
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