Are you ready for MLK week? If not that’s okay! I have some great ideas for you below that you could implement right away!
To start the week, I recommend using this video to help set the stage for learning about Dr. King. This video is my favorite. It explains Martin Luther King Jr.’s life simply for the students but using real images of him. Using real images of MLK Jr. so important so that student can see that is a real person in history!
After the video, I lead the class in several discussion about what Dr. King stood for. I use the vocabulary cards below to help me. While some of these are difficult topics, the images represents the word well and can lead to great classroom discussions. For example, How does the image help me understand the word? What other image comes to mind? What does the word and example make you think of or remind you of?
The students are going to start with a MLK Jr. Mini-Book that I created. I like for us to all start with the same ideas and understandings and then build from there.
I am a big fan of Kid President! We are definitely going to use this video to have a small group discussion about what Martin Luther King Jr. stood for.
Here’s a great picture book that someone is reading online about the life of MLK Jr.!
Along with all of the reading and viewing, I want to give the students time to reflect and think about their dreams and what they hope for in their future. The resource comes with many printables, my favorite is “I Can Dream Like Dr. King”. In this simple printable the students draw about something they dream about for their future in the giant thought bubble.
Finally, the students have been working on Fact and Opinion. Talking about Martin Luther King Jr. really lends itself to having the students decide what is a fact and what is an opinion.
This resource is available in my store! Just click on any of the images above to be taken to my store!
I hope that you and your students have a wonderful week studying about Martin Luther King Jr!
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