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Monday, January 21, 2013

Bagels and Blogs and MLK, Jr. Day!

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.

Happy Blogging!


  1. Those are wonderful ideas! Congratulations on your feature as well.
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  2. Amy: Wow! I really love how you give your students choices with all of those activities. This month I try to focus on contributions of famous African-Americans. Since I'm especially fond of music, I've played songs by Ray Charles, Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Louis Armstrong. By the way, there's a really neat book called "What a Wonderful World" that has beautiful illustrations. Also, thank you so much for watching my video and for the lovely comment. You are super sweet!

    Sharon Dudley, NBCT

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