If you're looking for something different for a Martin Luther King Day activity, this is it. The "mpatapo" (em-pa-ta-poe) symbol means "knot of pacification/reconciliation". It is a symbol of peacemaking. Mpatapo is an African symbol known as adinkra, from the Asante tribe of Ghana. I thought it was an appropriate representation of what Dr. King tried to do with his peaceful marches, sit-ins and speeches, as he sought nonviolent solutions for abolishing discrimination; so I featured it on this quick, easy and fun MLK Day craftivity.
Packet includes 3 heart-shaped Venn diagrams: 1 for Valentine's Day, another plain to compare and contrast whatever, plus a Venn Friend diagram to use for Martin Luther King Day or a back-to-school activity.
This is a wonderful fine-motor craftivity for your kiddo's for MLK Day. The results are simply lovely. Cover the "Poetry Genre" standard by incorporating the Langston Hughes poem, and add a writing prompt of your own as well.
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.