Jan 10, 2012

Observing Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in Your Classroom


Print books in the GS LMC: There are several titles in the biography and holiday sections that you may find helpful. I highly recommend Martin's Big Words by Doreen Rappaport. Big illustrations accompanied by big ideas in a language children will understand. Also refer to Smithsonian's Teaching Guide for discussion and activity ideas related to the book and King's life.

Print books in the SM LMC: Several titles that you and your students might find informative.

BrainPop: Short video, games, quizzes, and links to additional resources including lesson plans and activities. (no login required when clicking through our wikis)

Discovery Education theme page
: Videos, images, clipart, lesson plans and writing prompts spanning the entirety of Luther's life. (login required)

Enchanted Learning: Brief history, printable activity books, quizzes, coloring pages, KWHL chart, mind map, acrostic poem skeleton, word hunt, and many other ready to use activities.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service: Encourages students to "do for others."

National Education Association: Lesson plans for elementary through high school, as well as printables.

TeachingHistory.org: Spotlight page highlighting learning resources, teaching resources and quizzes.

EBSCO Databases: This can be a great opportunity to introduce elementary students to a subscription database, or reinforce good search skills with middle school students. Students can browse for articles and media, or search for specific events. These subscription databases include magazines, newspapers, books, encyclopedias, biographies, news transcripts, primary source documents, photos, and video. (no login required on campus or when clicking through the wikis)