Getting to know Martin Luther King, Jr.


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Grade: Three

Goal of Lesson: The lesson will introduce
third graders to Martin Luther King, Jr. and
his part in the Civil Rights Movement.

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Getting to know Martin Luther King, Jr.

  1. 1. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  2. 2. <ul><li>Tara Geegan </li></ul><ul><li>ED 417-01 </li></ul><ul><li>Winter 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Dr. Helms </li></ul>
  3. 3. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. <ul><li>First Grade Lesson </li></ul>
  4. 4. OBJECTIVES <ul><li>Students will gain an understanding of the chronological order of Dr. King’s life. </li></ul>
  5. 5. OBJECTIVES <ul><li>Students will gain an understanding of the way Dr. King protested, why he protested, and whom he was representing. </li></ul>
  6. 6. OBJECTIVES <ul><li>Students will understand the outcome of the Civil Rights Movement and how its effects impact us today. </li></ul>
  7. 7. MATERIALS <ul><li>Books Needed… </li></ul><ul><li>My Dream of Martin Luther King </li></ul><ul><li>Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King </li></ul><ul><li>Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. </li></ul><ul><li>I Have a Dream speech (audio) </li></ul>
  8. 8. Materials (continued) <ul><li>Poster-sized bus outline </li></ul><ul><li>Large paper to write class letter </li></ul><ul><li>Magazines </li></ul><ul><li>Paper </li></ul><ul><li>Pencils </li></ul><ul><li>Markers </li></ul><ul><li>Crayons </li></ul><ul><li>Scissors </li></ul><ul><li>Glue </li></ul>
  9. 9. Activity #1 <ul><li>Bring in a treat that the class likes and pass it out to a certain “group” in the class (i.e. boys, girls, brown hair, etc.). Have the class sit down for Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King . Lead a discussion regarding how those that did not receive the treat felt and if it was fair or unfair. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Activity #2 <ul><li>Read My Dream of Martin Luther King. Discuss the bus boycott and peaceful protesting with the class. Make an outline drawing of a bus with windows. Have the students cut out magazine clips or draw all different kinds of people sitting together on the bus. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Activity #3 <ul><li>Play part of the I Have a Dream speech for the class. Next, have the children draw a picture of a dream they have for making the world a better place. Children will then finish the sentence “I have a dream that…” and those can be compiled into a class book. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Activity #4 <ul><li>Read Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Then, have a class discussion about “big” words (i.e. peace, love, freedom). As a class, identify important events in Dr. King’s life. Create art representations of important events, and sequence the events in order for a timeline. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Activity #5 <ul><li>Write a class thank you note to Dr. King for what we have today due to his actions. Also, include what he has taught them about being brave and standing up for what is right. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Web Sites <ul><li>Martin Luther King Day Lesson Plans </li></ul><ul><li>“I Have a Dream” Speech </li></ul><ul><li>Black History Month Thematic Units </li></ul><ul><li>All About Martin Luther King, Jr. </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher Resources for MLK Lessons </li></ul>
  15. 15. Kid Friendly Web Sites <ul><li>“I Have a Dream” Video </li></ul><ul><li>Ideas for Families </li></ul>