“Intelligence plus character-that is the true goal of education.” One of my favorite quotes by Martin Luther King Jr. is the one I strive to instill in my kids (both my own kids as well as my classroom kids). Many classrooms are learning about Martin Luther King, Jr. this week and next. This amazing man has left our world changed for the better. While there are many ways you could incorporate MLK Day into your learning about this American icon, this week, I want to focus on ways to bring MEANINGFUL learning to your classroom.
This week, my kids worked on this pack by Kim at For A Love of Learning. They had so much fun reading about Martin Luther King, Jr.! They also enjoyed sharing their dreams for the country. And, as a reward for their hard work, they had fun completing the word search.
Educents also has a lapbook pack available too. I love that it has so much available, including a “quick study” in case you don’t have time to teach from all the rest of the resources!
Want to turn either of these resources into a math lesson? After students read about the life of MLK, have them use those dates to create word problems for each other to solve. You can assess if students understand how to write word problems, as well as solve them by having them include an answer key. Bonus–you know have a collection of student-written word problems to leave out at a center or for fast-finishers!
Want some more great ideas, including short VIDEOS and ART ideas (like the one above) you can use to teach about this holiday? Head on over to my Teaching Momster’s blog to see my list of 10 amazing ideas/resources. How do YOU teach about Martin Luther King, Jr.? We would love to hear more ideas!