I’m working on a week long unit plan for the students in Room 5 to learn about Martin Luther King, Jr. starting on Jan. 14th. I believe this is important for our students to help them understand the concepts of long ago/now and of civil rights.
The following are materials that I may use that are available. I realize there are many others, but these are items we feel may be right for our unit and our understanding.
Why Am I Different? by
All the Colors of the Earth by Sheila Hamanaka
It’s Okay to Be Different by Todd Parr
Bright Eyes, Brown Skin by Cheryl Willis Hudson and Bernette G. Ford
Happy Birthday Martin Luther King by Jean Marzollo
Martin Luther King, Jr. by Kitson Jazynka
Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Man of Peace by Patricia and Freddrick McKissak
Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Biography for Young Children by Carol Hilgartner Schlank and Barbara Metzger
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day by Margaret McNamara
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day by Trudi Strain Trueit
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by David A. Adler
A Picture Book of Martin Luther King, Jr. by David A. Adler
Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Doreen Rappaport
We March by Shane W. Evans
My Uncle Martin’s Big Heart by Angela Ferris Watkins
Thank You Dr. King by Robin Reid
My Brother Martin by Christine King Farris
Martin Luther King Jr. booklet on Reading A-Z (Level M, grade 2, also available in Levels P and S)
Long ago vs. now
Martin Luther King, Jr.
MLK Jr. craft and writing
Martin Luther King, Jr. video on Brain Pop Jr.
Sequence MLK, Jr.’s life game on Brain Pop Jr.
MLK, Jr. activity on Brain Pop Jr.
I Have a Dream, A MLK, Jr. Mini Unit (Includes writing prompts, graphic organizers, and a poem)
The Spirit of Service lessons and materials on Scholastic.com
Check out this Pinterest Board called Kids’ Martin Luther King Day Activities
MLK- The King and His Dream video
Additional Family Activities from Brain Pop Jr.:
Many books, films, and other child-friendly resources have been created about Martin Luther King, Jr. Visit the library with your child and check out resources to learn more about his life and work. Read and watch together and discuss. We recommend going on the Internet to look up his famous “I Have a Dream” speech and listen together. Pause during the speech and take time to discuss Dr. King’s words.
Have your child trace his or her hand on a piece of paper. Then brainstorm five things your child can do or say to become a better citizen. Try to think of specific ways your child can treat people with respect, contribute to the community, or fulfill assigned responsibilities at home. For example, your child could give one compliment to a sibling or classmate everyday. To model good citizenship, you may want to write your own “Five Things”, too.
Correlation to Ohio Standards coming soon!
English Lang. Arts: