I'm finally getting around to posting the pictures of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. activities we did in my room. For a few days, we read lots of books about MLK. We had a class discussion about MLK and all of things he believed in, worked for and accomplished. After our discussion, we made a class web with MLK's picture in the middle.
Many of the activities I used this year were a pinspiration from the fabulous Anna and Crazy for First Grade. You can find her post here. Anna's blog is packed full of amazingness! If you are not already a follower...you need to check it out!
Here is a picture of the version of the art project my students did and a writing sample. I encouraged my students to write their own "I have a dream" speech focusing on anything they think would make the world a better place. Their topics of choice ranged from ending bullying to feeding wild bunnies. Gotta love first graders! Both the art project idea and the writing pages I used are from Anna's blog.
When my students finished their writing, I gave them the opportunity to say their "speech" while standing behind a real podium with a microphone. They LOVED it!!! I introduced each speaker and we listened to each of them 3 times because they enjoyed it so much. The podium is not very fancy, but the speeches were impressive and absolutely adorable. I've done this for several years. One year, I invited parents. Although I'm sure it would bring them to tears to hear the cute little speeches, I find that the number of students willing to try the podium thing is significantly less when we have lots of adults in the room.
Back to work I go... stay tuned tomorrow...it's almost giveaway time!!!