Thursday, January 3, 2013

Martin Luther King Day Activities - Free Reader

Back to school in January means Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is coming!  
Here's some resources for you!

I made this fun reader for you all.  Click on the reader to get it in it's entirety for free!

Check out this cool video from Harry Kindergarten!  I heart Harry Kindergarten!


Crazy fun song!  Love it!

This is a great video about MLK and his life.  Very appropriate if you are talking about the events of the Civil Rights Movement.  

And some great books I checked out from the library.  They are worth checking to see if you can find!   This topic is hard in kindergarten because you don't want to say too much or too little... but where is that balance.  So I often find myself using the books for the pictures and using my own words to soften things or to put in language they will understand.  

This is another great book!  It's about the boy Alex and how he befriends a mule in the neighborhood.  He is told how the mule played a crucial role in the Civil Rights Movement in the 60's.  It give lots of historical perspective and is very age appropriate!  It's a little wordy so it would be better to be broken up into 2 days and after they already have some knowledge of MLK and civil rights!  But a great book!

A story about a class who is getting a teacher who is black.  The little girl overhears her parents talking that she is 'colored' and the little girl wonders... what color is she - green, yellow?  It's a great story of how this teacher touches these kids lives no matter what the color of her skin!

This book has AMAZING pictures.  It's worth finding just to find and see.  I would show selected pages to my kinders, but his would surely not be left in my classroom library I don't think!

Another story about the desegregation process.  Favorite part as an adult... the mom sent her kids off to school and called in that day to pray her kids stay safe!  I never thought of it like that... could you imagine having to send your children to school knowing what they were going to face!  Ugh!  This is a great book for kinder but again I may skip certain pages and use my own words while reading to the little ones.  

This book is PERFECT for kinder kids!

Do you have a MLK idea posted or to share?  Comment below or if you have an activity link up! 

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  1. Wow! Thanks for sharing:) I want to read that book as well!!


    Educating to the Core

  2. Thank you so much! LOVE all of this!

  3. Hi, I found you on freebielicious! Thank you so much for sharing. I am a new blogger and a new follower :) Your blog looks terrific!

    Multiage Days

  4. I adore Robin Tree Hill books. I don't have this one though. :( Thanks for the freebie.

  5. Thanks for the freebie and the tip on the video - this helps with my planning!


  6. Thanks so much for linking up with my January Freebie Linky Party! I have a MLK freebie on my blog if you want to check it out! :)

    Teaching First

  7. WOW! So many good books to look into. Thanks for the great freebie :)

    The Brown Bag Teacher

  8. Thank you so much for linking up to Show & Tell Tuesday!
    Great book recommendations :)

    Sunny Days In Second Grade

  9. Thanks so much for sharing your free printable and the Martin Luther King Day activities! I featured your printable as the Free Printable of the Day at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page:

  10. This book is absolutely perfect for my English learners and little Firsties. Thank you so much for sharing. The only other books I would add to your readalouds are The Crayon Box That Talked and A Land of Many Colors.
    Thank you! Julie

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