Saturday, January 16, 2016

Martin Luther King Jr Activities and Books

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is almost here! Here are some great books and a video to teach kids about MLK and the Civil Rights Movement.
 I think Kid President sums it up the best! Click his video below!

I just discovered My Brother Martin this year and love it!  It was written by MLK’s sister and does an amazing job portraying Martin as a young boy and her memories of their time together.  It also discusses how Martin felt when he encountered racism and how it shaped him into the person he became.  The watercolor illustrations are incredible and children will truly enjoy and relate to Martin as a child. 

Martin’s Big Words- Another incredible book with wonderful illustrations that is great for young kids as well. It does a great job explaining how Dr. King inspires us to use our words to change the world. One of my kids loved it so much he went home and ordered it from Amazon!  Thank goodness for Prime! You can also watch it read aloud here.

Before discovering the books above, I was a fan of The Picture Book of MLK.
I enjoy reading all of the Rookie Biographies because they are perfect for young kids and the children enjoy them. National Geographic is also terrific.

My kids read all about Dr. Martin Luther King through an activity book I created, and we wrote about Dr. King. It includes comprehension questions, timelines, writing prompts and activities. If you'd like to check it out, click here.

We made this craft to go with their writing. 

Here's a short clip of his speech

 If you’re looking for some fun crafts and activities, feel free to check these out.  I also love some of these ideas and plan to try them as well.

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This could be for MLK or Valentine's Day. Perhaps you could use different color paints.

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