For a quick and easy craftivity for MLK Day, have your students make this "I have a dream too!" dangler. Turn it into a longer writing prompt for older kiddo's, by skipping the heart, and instead, have them record their writing prompt on the back.
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.
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.
There is a ton of new vocabulary involved when learning about Martin Luther King. To help build your students' vocabularies, select whatever words you'd like them to learn, (there's a list of 62) and have them add the words to their MLK Dictionary, where they write, define and use the word in a sentence.
Challenge students to make as many words as they can, using the letters in Martin Luther King. I purposely did not include Jr.
I've included a list of the 525 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, so I decided to have the extra assignment of having students highlight words that they thought were relevant to MLK.
Help your students show what they've learned about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by making a flip for facts booklet. I've included a list of helpful MLK websites, as well as 95 Fast Facts about MLK, along with a page of Public Domain pictures if students would like to include a few.