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.
With this in mind, I designed a KWL. Have your students complete their own personal MLK KWL, then gather children together to fill in the larger KWL for MLK.
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.
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.
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.
While researching, I also found a short animated clip over at BrainPop, that even early elementary students will understand. This is a wonderful site for children.
Another age-appropriate site is The National Georgraphic site for kids. They have an excellent photographic timeline of MLK.
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.
Martin's Big Words by Doreen Rappaport, is a great book to transition with. It's filled with a lot of my favorite MLK quotes, which is another interesting and fun way to learn about him.
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 Haunted House Activities With Me
I love Halloween. Some of my favorite childhood memories surround this holiday. Although I don't care for horror movies, some of the old classics like Abbott and Costello and the Haunted House are fun. There's nothing like the idea of a haunted house to get students excited about writing.
With that in mind, I designed some interesting haunted house-themed activities. I hope you find them spine tingling!
If you're looking for some Common Core lessons for Halloween, the Haunted House Activity Packet might be just the thing.
It includes alphabet activities, adjective practice, vocabulary building, plus writing prompts, which are great for Daily 5.
You can complete the Haunted Houses ARE and Haunted Houses HAVE worksheets as a whole group, or have students make up their own.
I've included finished samples for you to share. For more practice, students can look up the words that they don't know, or alphabetize my list.
I've also included upper and lowercase trace & write worksheets, as well as assessments for both, plus a "Spooky Letters" alphabet game.
Use the game as an independent center, or whole group game. Pass out a lowercase letter pumpkin card to each student.
Call for a letter. The child holding that card comes up and opens the matching uppercase "window".
You can also use this file folder game as a different and fun way to independently assess a student.
I've included upper and lowercase assessment recording sheets for this.
For more creative writing, I've also included the writing prompt: If I lived in a haunted house... Click on the link for the Haunted House Activity Packet.
Since the apple and pumpkin senses writing craftivities were such popular downloads, I thought your students would enjoy doing one for a haunted house.
This is a quick easy and fun way to review the 5 senses, as well as work on adjective usuage for more descriptive writing. I've included a completed sample for you to share, or make one up of your own.
Students color their haunted house, trim, and cut the roof off, which they attach to the top of their writing prompt. The base of the house goes on the bottom.
For that finishing touch, have students put their school photo peeking out a window.
To add to the fun of writing about haunted houses and get students in the mood, dim the lights and play some Halloween music or a soundtrack from a thunderstorm.
Completed projects look terrific as a border along a hallway wall, or hung back-to-back suspended from the ceiling. Click on the link for the Haunted House Writing Craftivity.
Well that's it. I'm trying to keep my blogs shorter, so the other two Haunted House-themed activities will be in tomorrow's article. Hope you can pop by to pick up those FREEBIES.
I'm off to pack for a little get-away time with my hubby. Wishing you simple pleasures and heartwarming moments this weekend.
"Never let a problem to be solved become more important than a person to be loved." -Thomas S. Monson
Ripping and tearing paper is a fun way to strengthen finger muscles. This craftivity also reinforces the letter F, alphabetizing skills, and compound words. To help build vocabulary, a list of 42 fire-related words is included. This craftivity will be free for an entire year (!) after which time it will be up-dated and included in my whopping 40-page "F is for Fire: Fire Safety Word Work packet in my TpT shop. Click on the link to pop on over. For your convenience, I've included a PREVIEW here.
1-2-3 Come Do Some Vocabulary Building With Me
If your school has to fulfill the Constitution Day educational requirement, you'll enjoy this vocabulary-building packet. There is a lot of vocabulary that goes along with explaining the Constitution. Many of these words are new to your students.
To help kiddos understand the Constitution, it's necessary to go over this vocabulary. To make this easy-peasy for you, I made an alphabetical list of 42 words related to the Constitution.
If you thought of anymore, I'd enjoy hearing from you, and will add them to my list. firstname.lastname@example.org
I used the list to make 42 cute patriotic word cards. Choose the ones that are appropriate for your grade level.
You can use these in a pocket chart or as flashcards to explain words and give definitions, then post them by your word wall.
There are also 42 definition cards. I numbered these so they match the list of words.
This makes it easy for you to match the word cards up with their definitions. Make an extra set and use as an independent center.
You can also play all sorts of games with the cards, like Memory Match or "I Have; Who Has?"
Hold up a card and ask students to read it. Who is familiar with this word? Can anyone give a definition?
Place the cards in separate baskets. Have students choose a card from each basket and give the definition of the word card that they chose or the word that is being defined. Students can work with a partner and alphabetize some cards, or play "Speed" against each other to see who can alphabetize their set first.
Use the cards for Daily 5 word work. Choose several cards for students to use in a sentence. and/or have older students think of synonyms for some of the word cards.
I've included a cover so students can make a Constitution Vocabulary Dictionary as well. Constitution Day Word Work Packet.
Click on the link to view/download the Constitution Day Word Work packet.
Thanks for visiting today. I'm off to go figure out how to turn the new thermostat to heat instead of air.
Unfortunately the fall weather today is a bit chilly on the outside, as well as the inside. Hope you have a fun-filled day.
"Teamwork divides the task and multiplies success." -Unknown
This packet is an interesting and fun way to build students' vocabularies, reinforce verb usage, synonyms, and dictionary alphabetizing skills. Great for Daily 5 or a game students can play with a substitute teacher, or when you have a few extra minutes in your day.
Here's an alphabetical list of 794 pirate-related words and phrases, perfect for "Talk Like A Pirate" Day, or your other pirate-themed activities.
Two simple St. Patrick's Day word searches to help practice spelling and increase vocabulary. Includes answer keys.
You can do this as a whole group activity and jot down UP phrases as your students think of them, making one poster, or use this as an interesting activity for your Daily 5 word work and have students each make up their own.
1-2-3 Come Do Some Dental Hygiene Activities With Me!
Since so many of you have been dealing with snow days, and were busy with Groundhog Day, 100 Day, Valentine's Day, (perhaps visiting a post office), and President's Day, (Did you study money?) as well as activities for the Winter Olympics, it's no wonder why there's only a few days left to cram in some dental hygiene activities, before we all launch into "stuff" for March is Reading Month.
So that you don't have to, I spent some time making fun dental hygiene things to possibly make life a little bit easier for you. I hope it's not too late for you to use a few of these new FREEBIES with a tooth theme. I'll be finishing up with the rest tomorrow.
For those of you who like to start your themed-units with a KWL, click on the link for a dental hygiene one you can do as a whole group, as well as a template your students can do in their writing journals. Dental Hygiene KWL
Another great way to learn where your students stand on dental hygiene is to do some graphing activities.
Have they lost a tooth? Do they have a cavity? Have they ever been to the dentist? Would they like to be a dentist? What color is their toothbrush and how many times do they brush a day?
These are some of the eight tooth-related graphing questions you can ask your kiddos. Click on the link to view/download the 8 Dental Hygiene Graphs.
Sending a brushing chart home with your students, is also a fun way for them to let you know that they are practicing good dental hygiene. I've designed 4 toothbrushing charts that children can choose from.
They can X off the chart, cover with stickers or color the various icons as they brush. Click on the link to view/download the 4 Brushing Charts.
Studying dental hygiene provides a wonderful way to build vocabulary. To help you, I made an alphabetical list of 101 words that are associated with dental hygiene.
To reinforce these new words, I've included several word searches plus a dental hygiene word journal, where students can record vocabulary as well as definitions.
Click on the link to view/download the Dental Hygiene Word packet, which is great for your Daily 5 word work activities too.
After you've watched some dental hygiene videos and perhaps had a dentist visit your classroom, choose several of these graphic organizers to help reinforce the information that they are learning. Click on the link to view/download the dental hygiene graphic organizer packet.
Another way for students to gain more dental hygiene knowledge, is by doing the Flip For Facts File Folder activity.
Take your students to the computer lab, so they can look for information on teeth and how to take care of them.
Students jot down their favorite dental hygiene facts and then write them on the template. I've included tips and links of how to make citations for information found Online.
This activity is a great precursor for writing a report. Click on the link to view/download the Dental Hygiene Flip For Facts File Folder packet.
To incorporate some math skills with your dental hygiene activities, I also designed a Timothy Tooth Counting booklet with a matching center activity.
Students trace and write the numbers and number words, and then draw the appropriate number of teeth in Timothy's mouth. Click on the link to view/download Timothy Tooth's Counting Booklet.
The center activity has large tooth posters. Using dry erase markers, children trace and write the numbers and number words and place that many tooth tiles inside the mouth.
There's also templates for doing some subtraction activities as well. Click on the link to view/download the Counting Teeth Center Packet.
The Dental Hygiene Number Puzzles are another way to integrate math, and help practice counting to ten, counting backwards, and skip counting by 10's to 100. Click on the link to grab these FREEBIES.
Finally, just for fun, I made up a poster with a cute tooth quote that I found on Pinterest. There's also a matching bookmark.
Click on the link to view/download the Take Care Of Your Teeth packet.
Thanks for visiting. Feel free to PIN away. I think sharing is so important; it's the major reason I enjoy doing what I do.
I hope you can pop back tomorrow when I finish up with dental hygiene and post even more FREEBIES.
“Life is short. Smile while you still have teeth.” -Mallory Hopkins
There are so many things you can do with this Olympic Word Packet. Use the Olympic alphabet cards for games, a bulletin board boarder, puzzles, centers, flashcards, sorting, your word wall etc. There's an alphabetical list of 528 words associated with the Olympics + 364 mini word cards students can alphabetize, or sort into nouns, verbs and adjectives on the Olympic word sorting mat.