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Martin Luther King, Jr Lesson Plans with reading and writing activities for kindergarten and first grade. Close reading lessons for Martin's Big Words are featured in this posts. Students will retell the story, write a connection, infer and more. Fun craft with sentence study will help your students learn AND have fun!

Martin Luther King, Jr Lesson Plans

January 12 Deedee 2 min read

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr lesson plans are here!  Check out how we celebrate!

Martin Luther King, Jr Lesson Plans with reading and writing activities for kindergarten and first grade. Close reading lessons for Martin's Big Words are featured in this posts. Students will retell the story, write a connection, infer and more. Fun craft with sentence study will help your students learn AND have fun!

Great Books!

The book My Daddy, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was written by Martin Luther King, III!   So good!

Martin Luther King, Jr Lesson Plans with reading and writing activities for kindergarten and first grade. Close reading lessons for Martin's Big Words are featured in this posts. Students will retell the story, write a connection, infer and more. Fun craft with sentence study will help your students learn AND have fun!

I have been a fan of Kadir Nelson (the illustrator of this book) forever! I Have a Dream is a book that does not disappoint.

And the book we use for the close reading this week is Martin’s Big Words.

Videos

There are some good ones out there.  Here are just a few.

 

Brain Pop has a great one.  You can see that video by clicking HERE.

Here is another video…

And finally a little bit of Kid President!

Close Reading and Anchor Charts

We primarily use Martin’s Big Words for this anchor chart, but we added to it based on the information we learned in the video.

Martin Luther King, Jr Lesson Plans with reading and writing activities for kindergarten and first grade. Close reading lessons for Martin's Big Words are featured in this posts. Students will retell the story, write a connection, infer and more. Fun craft with sentence study will help your students learn AND have fun!

We worked on retelling the story.

Martin Luther King, Jr Lesson Plans with reading and writing activities for kindergarten and first grade. Close reading lessons for Martin's Big Words are featured in this posts. Students will retell the story, write a connection, infer and more. Fun craft with sentence study will help your students learn AND have fun!Martin Luther King, Jr Lesson Plans with reading and writing activities for kindergarten and first grade. Close reading lessons for Martin's Big Words are featured in this posts. Students will retell the story, write a connection, infer and more. Fun craft with sentence study will help your students learn AND have fun!

We also have the digital retelling version!

Martin Luther King, Jr Lesson Plans with reading and writing activities for kindergarten and first grade. Close reading lessons for Martin's Big Words are featured in this posts. Students will retell the story, write a connection, infer and more. Fun craft with sentence study will help your students learn AND have fun!

Then the students created their own retelling of Martin’s Big Words.  You can grab the dove card by clicking HERE.

Martin Luther King, Jr Lesson Plans with reading and writing activities for kindergarten and first grade. Close reading lessons for Martin's Big Words are featured in this posts. Students will retell the story, write a connection, infer and more. Fun craft with sentence study will help your students learn AND have fun!

Students worked on making connections and inferring!

Martin Luther King, Jr Lesson Plans with reading and writing activities for kindergarten and first grade. Close reading lessons for Martin's Big Words are featured in this posts. Students will retell the story, write a connection, infer and more. Fun craft with sentence study will help your students learn AND have fun!

Sentence Study and Craft

This fun craft was part of our sentence study for the week.

Martin Luther King, Jr Lesson Plans with reading and writing activities for kindergarten and first grade. Close reading lessons for Martin's Big Words are featured in this posts. Students will retell the story, write a connection, infer and more. Fun craft with sentence study will help your students learn AND have fun!

Vocabulary Study

We look closely at the Nobel Peace Prize! (My illustration is a sad, sad state of affairs… lol).

Martin Luther King, Jr Lesson Plans with reading and writing activities for kindergarten and first grade. Close reading lessons for Martin's Big Words are featured in this posts. Students will retell the story, write a connection, infer and more. Fun craft with sentence study will help your students learn AND have fun!

All of these Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. resources listed above are part of our:

STEM and Center Activities

Students worked on creating a stand for Martin Luther King, Jr.’s memorial!  We used dominos and other various blocks to see how high we could get.

Martin Luther King, Jr Lesson Plans with reading and writing activities for kindergarten and first grade. Close reading lessons for Martin's Big Words are featured in this posts. Students will retell the story, write a connection, infer and more. Fun craft with sentence study will help your students learn AND have fun!

We also have a few center activities and worksheets!

Martin Luther King, Jr Lesson Plans with reading and writing activities for kindergarten and first grade. Close reading lessons for Martin's Big Words are featured in this posts. Students will retell the story, write a connection, infer and more. Fun craft with sentence study will help your students learn AND have fun! Martin Luther King, Jr Lesson Plans with reading and writing activities for kindergarten and first grade. Close reading lessons for Martin's Big Words are featured in this posts. Students will retell the story, write a connection, infer and more. Fun craft with sentence study will help your students learn AND have fun! Martin Luther King, Jr Lesson Plans with reading and writing activities for kindergarten and first grade. Close reading lessons for Martin's Big Words are featured in this posts. Students will retell the story, write a connection, infer and more. Fun craft with sentence study will help your students learn AND have fun! Martin Luther King, Jr Lesson Plans with reading and writing activities for kindergarten and first grade. Close reading lessons for Martin's Big Words are featured in this posts. Students will retell the story, write a connection, infer and more. Fun craft with sentence study will help your students learn AND have fun!

You can find all of these activities in our Science, Math, and More units:

Other Martin Luther King, Jr. Centers

Here are a few other activities from another one of my units.

Martin Luther King, Jr Lesson Plans with reading and writing activities for kindergarten and first grade. Close reading lessons for Martin's Big Words are featured in this posts. Students will retell the story, write a connection, infer and more. Fun craft with sentence study will help your students learn AND have fun!

Martin Luther King, Jr Lesson Plans with reading and writing activities for kindergarten and first grade. Close reading lessons for Martin's Big Words are featured in this posts. Students will retell the story, write a connection, infer and more. Fun craft with sentence study will help your students learn AND have fun!

You can see these activities:

Martin Luther King, Jr Lesson Plans

You may download these lesson plans for kindergarten PDF or an editable template.  I have used Hello Literacy Fonts (which are free for non-commercial use).  You may want to download her fonts and install them on your computer first.  This way the formatting will not be off.  Naturally, you can change the fonts if you prefer.

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  • Download these plans by clicking HERE or on the image below.

Martin Luther King, Jr Lesson Plans with reading and writing activities for kindergarten and first grade. Close reading lessons for Martin's Big Words are featured in this posts. Students will retell the story, write a connection, infer and more. Fun craft with sentence study will help your students learn AND have fun!

That is how the week shaped up!   

Martin Luther King, Jr Lesson Plans with reading and writing activities for kindergarten and first grade. Close reading lessons for Martin's Big Words are featured in this posts. Students will retell the story, write a connection, infer and more. Fun craft with sentence study will help your students learn AND have fun!

Have a fantastic week!

10 Comments

  • Adrian January 9 at 6:31 pm

    Thanks

  • Vicky Moore January 17 at 9:51 pm

    These are all great ideas Deedee – thank you! Love the retell cards!
    xo,
    Vicky

  • Melanie February 9 at 5:38 pm

    I really like the writing prompts you used with your class. Great job!

  • Estella Frazier January 21 at 8:42 am

    I really enjoyed the information on Dr. King , thanks for sharing.

  • Sara Glade January 13 at 9:00 am

    How do I get the retelling cards?

    • Deedee January 13 at 10:57 am

      Hi Sara, they are in the Engaging Readers units (links in the blog post.) We have been adding them as the months go on, so you may need to redownload your previous purchase to get all of the great updates!

  • Tami February 6 at 2:45 pm

    Is there a way to purchase the Guiding Readers for only MLK?

    • Deedee February 17 at 1:26 pm

      I’m sorry, right now, we don’t have that listed individually.

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