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 Martin Luther King Activities With Me
Martin Luther King Day is just around the corner, Monday, the 19th, so if you're looking for some ideas, you've come to the right place.
Although I remember the Civil Rights Movement quite vividly, what went on in the 60's is quite different from today. Because of this, I think it’s extremely important to teach a bit of history, taking your students on a trip through the past, to help them get a feel for what that time period was like.
In today's blog I want to feature some of my favorite MLK downloads that have been quite popular. Hopefully they're just what you're looking for.
To peak student's interest, start the day off by leaving a Happy Martin Luther King Day bookmark on their desks. I designed 7 for you to choose from.
Throughout the day, use them as incentives, and pass them out as children complete tasks. Challenge them to collect all seven to share with their friends.
Can anyone tell you who Martin Luther King Jr. was or why we have a holiday to celebrate him? Most of my students had no knowledge of Dr. King.
After your studies, at the end of the day, have students complete their KWL by writing in what they learned.
Reading several stories, is an easy and interesting way to introduce the concept of discrimination and diversity, as well as find out about the life of MLK.
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.
One of my personal favorites, and my Y5's favorite story for our MLK unit, is The Sneeches, by Dr. Seuss. I checked out YouTube to see if they had a video of The Sneeches and found several.
Click on the link to take a look at this short 12-minute full-version of The Sneeches! I think your kiddo's will really enjoy it.
They can easily see the unfairness of "stars on bellies" and in the end, agree with the author that such practices were cruel and pointless.
Another way to make the 60's real for your students is to have them watch some brief videos about Dr. King's life and listen to a portion of his famous “I Have A Dream” speech.
To help you give your students more background information, 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, plus a few biographies and then fact-checked discrepancies.
I thought I knew quite a bit, however, I learned many more amazing things! (I was unaware 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 kiddos, and then share: 95-Interesting Fast Facts About Martin Luther King.
After reading some stories and watching a few videos, toss in some technology, and have your students take a short online MLK quiz.
For more reinforcement, and to further check comprehension, have children show you what they've learned, by making an MLK Flip For Facts booklet.
I've included a list of kid-friendly websites, a page of mini photographs, plus a list of fun facts they can use.
Another way to help your students learn about Martin Luther King Jr., is through vocabulary building. There is a plethora of new words that your students will come across as they listen to stories, read books, search for facts, and watch video clips.
It's important to make sure that your kiddos understand their meanings. For example, diversity is a relatively new word for youngsters. Helping them understand that we are all different, yet we are all also, the same, is a great way to explain things.
The people over at Kids Activites Blog, suggest comparing a brown chicken egg to a white one. I LOVE this idea. 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, then relate it to what they are learning.
You could also do this with M&M's. Have students suck the colorful candy coating off, then stick out their tongue to check things out. What conclusions can they draw? How is ethnicity similar?
An excellent book to read about diversity is Sesame Street's We Are Different, We Are The Same by Bobbi Jane Kates.
The quirky 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."
Because of all the new vocabulary involved in studying Martin Luther King, and the era he lived in, I made a list of 62-words that relate to Dr. King, that students will undoubtedly come across while studying about him.
To help build their vocabularies, select whatever words you'd like your students to learn, and have them add the words to their MLK Dictionary, where they write, define and use the word in a sentence.
The packet includes 2 different covers (one for upper and one for lower el), an alphabetical list of 62-MLK-related words, plus 62 trace and write word cards. Click on the link to view/download the MLK "My Words" dictionary.
Another fun way to immerse your students in this new vocabulary, is by searching for words in a word find. I've designed 2 word searches for Martin Luther King Day (1 for lower el, as well as an upper el version).
Students search for words from left to right and top to bottom. Tell students to start with the first word and look for the initial letter, as well as chunks of letters. They will undoubtedly come across other words while they do that.
Have them highlight the words that they find, as well as cross those words off the list. Work from left to right first, and then any words that they haven't found will probably be from top to bottom.
Word searches are great for Daily 5 Word Work, early finishers, sub folders or a fun homework assignment. I've included answer keys as well. Click on the link to view/download the Martin Luther King Day Word Searches.
If you'd like to see a list of my favorite quotations of Martin Luther King, click on the link.
Another simple Daily 5 word work activity, is to challenge students to think of as many words as they can, using the letters in Martin Luther King.
I've included a list of 525 words that I thought of. While I was making my list, I thought how appropriate that many of these words could be directly associated with Dr. King's life. i.e he was a great man, and gave the ultimate sacrifice, so I decided to assign the extra assignment of having students highlight the words they thought of, that were relevant to MLK's life.
Click on the link to view/download the Martin Luther King Word Challenge.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for visiting. I hope you found a few things to help make your Martin Luther King Day celebration special.
Be sure and pop back tomorrow, as I'll be featuring some super-fun, and thought-provoking MLK writing prompts. It's time for me to whip a meatloaf together.
I enjoy cooking almost as much as I do designing activities. Almost.... Actually, they are similar, as they both involve creating something, and then cleaning up a big mess as I go. :-)
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.
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"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase. " -Martin Luther King Jr.
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.
Here's a list of 60 interesting writing prompts to jumpstart your students' creative minds.
Another way to emmerse students with new vocabulary, is by searching for words in a word find. Here are 2 word searches for Martin Luther King Day (1 for lower el, as well as an upper el version).
Ideas for the quotations: Make an overhead of the quotations; have students choose one or two to write about. Through out the month of January, write one of MLK's inspirational quotes on the board. As a Daily 5 activity, have students record the quote in their writing journals and comment on it. Have students design a poster around one of their favorite quotations, before you hang them on a bulletin board, have students carry their posters in a peaceful mock-march through the halls of your school, or on the playground.
1-2-3 Come Do Some Snowflake "Craftivities" With Me!
As long as we have to have winter, it might as well snow! I'd always give my Y5's some time at our classroom windows, when the snow was falling heavily. It's so lovely and sparkly. They'd squeal with delight and chatter about a possible pending snow day. I think I was as excited as they were at the prospect of a stay-at-home and snuggle day.
Our snowflake theme was a real favorite. I'd start things out by sharing "Snowflake Bentley's" story and exquisite snowflake photographs. If you don't own these books, I highly recommend them.
I found that if I pre-folded coffee filters and demonstrated how to snip them into a snowflake, my students did a much better job, than when I used regular paper, which was way too thick for them to cut.
Singing a rousing round of Frosty the Snowman got the wiggles out, and my students' behavior was really pretty stellar, in part, because they were working towards spelling the words Hot Chocolate, so they could receive that treat.
They could earn a letter a day, which helped build self-esteem and confidence, as they worked together to achieve a goal. I did the same thing with spelling Frosty The Snowman. When they earned all of the letters, we'd watch the video at the end of the day. Click on the link to see it posted on YouTube.
The article today, shares some of my favorite snowflake activities. I hope you enjoy them as much as we did.
Start things out by printing, laminating and trimming a set of snowflake alphabet cards. Use them as a border, independent center or to play a variety of games with. I've also included a blank set so that you can program with whatever. Click on the link to view/download the snowflake alphabet cards.
I think home-school connections are very important. I designed a bulletin board activity each month, where students spent some quality time with their families, doing a themed-writing prompt craftivity.
This family snowflake was the one for January. Use blue foil wrapping paper for the background and suspend some plastic snowflakes from the ceiling for that extra bit of pizzazz. Click on the link to view/download the Family Snowflake "craftivity."
Another awesome bulletin board involving snowflakes, is my Snowflake Writing Prompt Strips. Run off a variety of color choices so that you will have a really vivid bulletin board. These look wonderful on a black background spritzed with silver glitter spray.
Students can write their resolutions, favorite things about winter, or something for your Martin Luther King Jr. activities. I had my kiddo's write what they dreamed they'd some day be.
Click on the link to view download the Snowflake Writing Prompt Bulletin Board Craftivitiy.
One of the biggest down falls of snow with little ones, is that it's such a chore geting them dressed in all of their winter gear.
It would take some of my slowpokes so long, that by the time they waddled like a penguin out the door, the bell would ring to come inside!
To expedite things, I made up this poster of the order of how they should dress. Before I did this, I invariably had more than just a few kiddo's start by putting their boots or mittens on first. We've all been there I'm sure.
Having a race to see who could be the first one dressed, or which team got lined up the quickest, really helped too. Click on the link to print one for your hallway. Getting Dressed Poster
A matching easy reader about getting dressed is entitled: Let's Go! Let's Play in the Snow. It's a great way to review ordinal numbers too. The packet includes traceable word cards, picture cards, a graphing extension, a compound word worksheet, as well as one on contractions. Click on the link to grab it.
Finally, one has to make a few snow angels before everything melts. Review 2D shapes with this Shapely Snow Angel easy reader.
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"The Eskimos had 52-names for snow because it was so important to them. There ought to be as many for love." -Margaret Atwood
A Colorful Martin Luther King Bulletin Board
Happy Martin Luther King Day to those of you who will be celebrating his birthday this coming Monday. My apologies for not getting this article published a few days ago as planned.
I saw making snowflakes out of strips of paper on Pinterest. (Wow can that be addicting!) Click on the link to check out my pin boards. You can find the original cute idea at Mrs. Carroll's Blog Spot Parade. She made them on powder blue paper with pattern blocks.
Snowflakes are unique like people. They are the same, but different, so I thought they’d be a great segue into Martin Luther King Activities.
Because people are beautiful and special no matter what color they are, I thought a beautiful blizzard of colorful flakes would make an interesting bulletin board.
Sesame Street’s We Are Different; We Are The Same is a great story to read & discuss to go with this activity, as the snowflake’s template is the same, but all of the flakes are also different in some way. Older students could list ways they are different and ways that they are the same as their classmates on the back strips of their snowflakes.
Involve math by having students create a pattern on one strip. I used a snowflake and heart paper punch. These can be pre-cut by a room helper, or let students strengthen their hand muscles by punching 3 of each shape.
By making copies of students’ school photos, you can add charm to your board as well as make this a real keepsake project for parents, while creating an ABCABC pattern.
Another pattern is made when students choose 2 different color markers to write their name in an ABAB pattern on the 2nd strip.
Let students know that Martin Luther King had a dream and explain to them what his dream was. You can listen to his dream speech at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V57lotnKGF8 These other You Tube videos are all extremely short and will add interest to your day. http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&feature=endscreen&v=8AyF9Idh_iE I have a dream quote with soothing background music. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TiF2aAx0kds&feature=related Cool motion typography. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNAy6Bhij8A Music video picture montage of Martin Luther King http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mA7WCHfVRfc As part of the “I Have A Dream Project” people were asked what their dreams were. I especially liked this one.
No matter how young, most students have a dream to be “something” when they grow up. Brainstorm ideas with your students and write them on the board so they know how to spell their “dream careers.”
Write the sentence, “My dream is to be a/an ________________.” Children fill in the blank with what they want to be when they “grow up” and write their completed sentence on the 3rd strip.
If you’re not celebrating Martin Luther King Day, you can always save this idea for next year and have students write a resolution/ goal or promise on the strip.
To expedite this center, and to make sure little ones can make a symmetric snowflake, I’ve made a template.
Students choose a color and put 2 strips on the template. Have 2” pieces of scotch tape stuck around the table.
Children use 1 piece to adhere the 2 strips together that form the X. They then place the 3rd strip down the middle and use the 2nd piece of tape to stick that strip to the other 2.
You can opt to use glue sticks, but I find that little ones rub glue all over the strip instead of one place, a lot of glue gets on the desk and is wasted and they take so much more time, or they don’t use enough glue and when they bring their snowflake up to be hung it is falling apart.
The snowflakes look awesome on a navy blue or black background. Your caption could read: “A Beautiful Blizzard of Brrr-illiant Work!” OR “We’re All Different; We’re All The Same!” OR “We’re Snow Special No Matter What Color Or How Flakey!”
Whenever I have a center where I want to make sure that I have a variety of ALL the colors on my b. board, I cut out only enough strips to make a class set of whatever with a few extra.
I assign a tabletop activity for students to accomplish first and then they transition to the art center when they are done.
The students who get down to business and stay focused get a wider variety of color choices.
My “pokey Joes” choose from the remaining colors. This has proven to be an incentive for some students, and I don’t end up with an all pink and purple b. board.
Click on the link to view/print the template, pix, and directions. Martin Luther King Snowflakes
Are you looking for some more Martin Luther King activities? Click on the link to see the quickie projects in my Martin Luther King Mini Unit.
Whatever you're doing this coming Monday, I hope it's simply marvelous!