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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Remembering MLK

In January we celebrate MLK Day.  This post is full of ideas to help you plan how to teach your children about Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Hey Guys! Can I just say “It’s cold out there!” I know we aren’t as frozen over like my northern friends, but this southern girl has thin blood and minus anything is too cold for me!
So what’s coming up in January…MLK Day! As I got ready to do this post I realized I had already shared these ideas last year. But, if you are like me, who has time to go and search all the blogs for ideas? I count on  new posts to come up in my bloglovin email each day for my nightly blog reading material.
So here is that blogpost AGAIN!

Can you believe that MLK day is just around the corner? Time is flying by! Here are some of the things we are doing in Megan’s room to celebrate this Famous American. Here is our craftivity where we are recording all that we learn about MLK. (above)Slide13
This photo was from last year! I can’t believe how great they did with this activity.
First I asked them, “What was wrong?” We talked about the things that Dr. King saw that he wanted to change. Then, I asked “What did Dr. King do?” and we talked about all the things Dr. King did to make things better. Finally, I asked them, “Then, what happened?” and we talked about the results of his work today. They did amazing when we walked through each step.Slide7
Another thing we did was to use clip art to help solve this story problem. So, why clip art? Well, in Singapore Math we know that children learn “CPA”—that’s conceptual, pictorial, abstract. That means we must have children learn the concept using materials that can be manipulated and moved so that they can make meaning. So is this conceptual or pictorial? I say conceptual. To me, since conceptual means that the children can manipulate the items to help solve the problem, they can move the clip art pictures around to make that meaning. Pictorial would be if I had asked them to draw a picture to show their understanding. Don’t you just love the writing? It says, “Him and Him can share a ball. Him and him can share a ball.  Him and him can share a ball.”
Here is an activity to work on number combinations. Dr. King actually had 4 kids-2 girls and 2 boys. I gave them clip art and they came up with ways to make 4 kids. Then, they glued down the black and white clip art and recorded their number combinations.
This is a cut a sentence birthday cake craftivity.  I love these cut a sentence activities for practicing "Does it make sense?"

All of these activities are in the Hooray for Martin Luther King Pack on tpt.
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