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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!

3 comments:

  1. Those are wonderful ideas! Congratulations on your feature as well.
    Hugs,
    Laura
    TIPS: Teach, Inspire, and Prepare Students

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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
    http://teachingwithsight.blogspot.com

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