Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a United States holiday marking the birthdate of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., observed on the third Monday of January each year, around the time of King's birthday, January 15. It is one of four United States federal holidays to commemorate an individual person. ~Wikipedia

Book List

He Had a Dream: Martin Luther King, Jr. - Flip Schulke
Let Freedom Ring - Myra Cohn Livingston
Marching to Freedom - Joyce Milton
Martin Luther King, Jr. - Kathy Kristensen Lambert
Martin Luther King, Jr. and His Birthday - Jacqueline Woodson
Martin Luther King Day - Linda Lowery
Martin Luther King Day - Martha McDonnell

Songs & Fingerplays

Dr.Martin Luther King - sung to "Happy Birthday"

Dr. Martin Luther King
Let's celebrate and sing.
He had a dream you say
His life was taken away.

Dr. Martin Luther King
Let's celebrate and sing.
We can bridge and mend
We can all be friends.

Dr. Martin Luther King
Let's celebrate and sing.
Happy Birthday to you
Your dream is coming true.

By Mrs. Alphabet


Arts & Crafts

Freedom Bell

You will need:
Pattern of a bell
poster board
foil

This is a simple and easy craft to make for little ones. Trace the pattern of a bell onto poster board. Allow children to cut out.Using silver or gold foil, cover the bell. Across the front write "Freedom". This is a great craft to make when discussing Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous speech.

I Have a Dream

Blue consruction paper
cut out's of white clouds
glue
pencil

Use blue consruction paper for base - Print "I have a Dream" at the top. Have children cut out the clouds and glue on to blue paper. Talk with children about Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream. Ask what dreams they might have for our country and write them on.

Happy Handshake

2 shades of skin toned construction paper
brass fastener
other colors of construction paper

Trace and cutout 1 handprint on the skin toned construction paper. Cut out rectangles long enough to make "cuffs" for the wrists of the hands - glue on. Place the two hands together in a "shake" fashion with one thumb behind the other. Attach a brass fastener to the center!


Theme Ideas

You read the book A Crayon Box That Talked. Then you make a crayon pattern and have the kids draw or color different things that they like. Or they can tell you and write it on their crayon. Then have the kids talk about what some of their favorite things are. This way the kids see that just because you are different from each other that it is okay. The kids seem to enjoy it. Or for a parent meeting you can read the story and have the parents do the samething or have them draw themselves. Discuss the crayons. You can make a crayon box and put all the crayons in them and it is a great multiculture experience.

~Submitted by Amy from Oklahoma


Links!

African American Studies - A to Z Teacher
Martin Luther King Cool Chart - abcTeach.com
Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday - About.com
Martin Luther King Day - Annie's
Martin Luther King Theme - ChildFun
Crafts and Activities For Kids - Danielle's Place
Martin Luther King Jr. Craft - DLTK
Unity Handprint Wreath - DLTK
All About Martin Luther King, Jr. - Enchanted Learning
King Celebration 2013
Martin Luther King, Jr. and Black History Month - Louisiana State University
Martin Luther King, Jr. - Sheryl's Holiday Site
Martin Luther King - SurfNet for Kids
Martin Luther King's Birthday - The Zimmerman Family


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