January is quickly approaching! Prepare for Martin Luther King Day and Black History Month (Feb.) with the following resources. The books pictured above are great resources for your classroom library.
You can find a reader's theater for Freedom on the Menu by Carole Weatherford here. It is about a child who wants to eat a banana split in a drugstore, but can’t because she is not white. The author offers a great lesson plan on her website. She uses a Langston Hughes poem, photographs, and links to Jim Crow Laws. This book is based on the Greensboro Sit-Ins of 1960. Check out her entire Website!
Sarah Chauncey developed a wonderful website that is now archived. You will find reader’s theaters, Ebook links, poetry links, and much more. Download The Grandview Library’s Reader’s Theaters ppt. for grades K—3. These are short and perfect for shared reading. A more lengthy play (Martin Luther King, Jr.,THE STORY OF A DREAM, a play by June Behrens) and perfect for a school presentation can be found here.
Several Ebooks on famous African Americans, including Martin Luther King can be found here.
An activity for middle grades and high school, If You had a Dream, can be found here. Students rewrite portions of the speech into their own words.
PBS has a lesson plan for grades 9-12 using MLK’s I Have a Dream Speech here.
You can find several days of lesson plans, including resources here at Teachers.net. This is an oldie, but a goodie! Lessons adapt well to balanced literacy.
The following were simply typed and made ready for print. I am not the author. They are available on many sites.
Download Choral Reading by Joan Nichols
Download Speech by Joan Nichols
Preschool Ideas...Wonderful resource!
Using your read-alouds, create a timeline of MLK's life!
Arts and Crafts activities to promote diversity
Great activities from KidsActivites.net
Black History Clipart...Free from Phillip Martin
Teaching Heart ideas
TLC Writing and Art Display (archived) Makes a great Classroom display! You can see an example over at "Chalk Talk" of this activity, as well as many others.
My Dream for K-2