I am so honored to have one of my freebies chosen to be featured by Donna over at Math Coach's Corner! Her blog is amazing and she has been featuring freebies for quite a while on her Bagels and Blogs page. I hope you will head over there and check out her blog (and the freebies offered).
On another note, if I had to choose the American I most admire, it would be Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I believe that he did more to make this country a better place to live than any other person in the 20th century. I'm glad that our country recognizes his contributions and celebrates his birthday.
I don't have a full-time classroom this year, but I do work with two wonderful second grade teachers. We are going to spend the rest of this week doing a unit on Dr. King. I am excited to see what the little ones learn. Each day, both teachers will start with a whole group lesson/activity about Dr. King. When I come in, instead of doing our regular centers, we are going to divide both classes into 4 mixed groups. Then, each group will rotate around to 4 different learning activities. Students will be working with vocabulary, problem and solution, writing opinion paragraphs and generating questions. We'll spend 2 days on these activities. Then, on Thurs. and Fri., students will be choosing one activity to complete each day. We've created a menu that offers four choices. Students will rate the activities according to preference. We tried to include something for everyone, so the choices are:
1. Create a poster advertising a movie about the life of Dr. King
2. Draw What You Hear (students draw what they "visualize" while listening to a story about Dr. King)
3. Participate in a Readers' Theater about the Birmingham Bus Boycott and Rosa Parks
4. Create a puppet of Dr. King and then "interview" him
I really hope that these activities will help our students grasp the significance of the impact one person can make. I want them to understand that they have the ability to do great things and make a difference in their world.
I'd love to hear what kinds of activities you do in your classrooms for Dr. King's birthday.