Sunday, January 8, 2012

MLK Freebie and Giveaway

     While planning for the month of January, I was disappointed to find that most of the resource materials floating around for Martin Luther King Day are geared toward upper elementary grades.  Word searches and crossword puzzles are great, but they sure don't meet the 87 zillion kindergarten standards we're all trying to squeeze in.  So, as we all often do, since I couldn't find any good cross-curricular activities, I made some of my own.
     Wanting to combine the powerful message this great man had for our world with the emerging skills of my kiddos, I came up with some kindergarten-y math, literacy and art activities.  I've been using some of them in my math and literacy centers and they've been a big hit and the kids are doing a great job with them.  In honor of Martin, I'd like to spread some love and share. First, help yourself to the writing freebie down below. It's a bubble map for students to use to write descriptive words about MLK.  Next, I'd like to send the whole packet to the first 3 people who comment on this post with an idea that they use to share Martin's dream with their kiddos.  Finally, I'd like to have a quick giveaway.  To enter, leave a comment if you're a follower and an additional comment if you blog about the giveaway.  I'll pick one winner for every 20 comments - the more entries, the more winners!  It's going to be a quickie because I'd like the winners to have a chance to use the unit later this week, so I'll pick the winners Tuesday night.  Be sure to leave your email!


 
Leave a comment to enter to win!
 Have a great night!

66 comments:

  1. Would love to win this
    Frontier2ndgrade@att.net

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  2. We discuss our dreams for helping people then actually do the ones we can and help those at school. iflewthecoop@att.net

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  3. This is wonderful! I would love to use this with my students :)

    thepolkadotowl@gmail.com

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  4. Missed! but it looks awesome!!

    ❤ Sandra
    Sweet Times in First
    sweettimesinfirst@gmail.com

    Maybe the first 4??? LOL

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  5. We usually read "The Crayon Box that Talked" and discuss it taking all of us to get along. I also have an old National Geographic Kids magazine that has a good article about Martin Luther King Jr. that I read to students. Your packet looks great!

    Amanda
    hennonac@yahoo.com

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  6. How generous of you! This would be a great addition to any classroom.

    pinksmyink@gmail.com

    faithfulinfirst.blogspot.com

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  7. We do a directed drawing, read lots of books together and have a great discussion.
    lslouka@msn.com

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  8. This packet looks great. I too noticed that a lot of stuff was geared more towards older kids and not enough for younger kids. I'd love to win this.
    kheinrich9@gmail.com

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  9. We talk about him, read books, show the I have a dream speech... short clip and then talk about what his dream means and why he might've wanted that!

    I love your bubble map!!!

    Sandra
    sweet times in first

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  10. I Follow your blog!

    Kim Growing Up Teaching
    kkish1110@gmail.com

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  11. I would love this!

    crhdouglas@gmail.com

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  12. Would love the unit- thanks!
    lfield@twcny.rr.com

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  13. I would love the unit! I usually read a story and do a cut paper portrait of Martin.
    Stellaluna114@gmail.com

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  14. This is just what I was looking for! It will be perfect for my special ed class!

    LifeInSpecialEducation

    kmw0130@aol.com

    I am a follower!!

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  15. I would love this too!

    We do a few things right now. We water color paint an earth on a paper plate and place silhouettes of people in all different colors around the edge. We write living in harmony on it. I found this activity from someone abour 3 years ago. I apologize for not knowing who.

    I also pass out M&M's and we talk about which one is the best...then we take a bite and all see that they are the same on the inside. We talk about what this means for people and the hearts inside of us.

    Thanks for all you do! Alicia
    atmalec@sbcglobal.net

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  16. This unit looks wonderful! We read Martin's Big Words and we will watch the Brain Pop video too. I have my students write what their dreams are for the world too.

    I am a follower too!

    Ali
    alischepis(at)gmail.com

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  17. I'm a follower! So glad to see some resources directed towards kindergarten!
    kcahcrim@comcast.net

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  18. We read a book and talk about his dream. Then we think of ways we can honor his dream and students each illustrate one way to honor his dream.

    I follow your blog!

    Jennifer
    jenniferlalsip@yahoo.com
    The First Grade Dream

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  19. Oh I would love to win this unit. I've got slim pickin's in my MLK unit!!!!

    Holly
    Crisscross Applesauce in First Grade

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  20. I recently came across a great website that has powerpoints geared towards different age groups about MLK. I showed my 2nd grade class one on Friday and they were engaged the entire time. I highly recommend it. Here's the link: http://www.wartgames.com/themes/holidays/MLK.html

    ajohnson45039@yahoo.com

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  21. I am a follower! Glad to see something that I can use with my little ones!

    Amanda
    amlott@nppsd.org

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  22. As for your first question, I am going to use MLK to help the kids better understand our school district's theme of believe. This year our school district is using the theme of believe, MLK fits right into that! Now if I could find stuff that they would understand!

    Amanda
    amlott@nppsd.org

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  23. I would love to win this unit! It looks FANTASTIC!

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  24. Oops..forgot my email..

    absees123s@aol.com

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  25. I follow your blog, and this unit looks terrific! I would LOVE to win it! My email address is debrammcdaniel@gmail.com

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  26. I would love for my kinders to have an opportunity to learn about Martin Luther King, Jr. I too have had trouble finding material at their grade level. vhair61215@gmail.com

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  27. What a great unit - way to fill a need for the younger students. We generally focus on the dream part and discuss what dream each student has for the future. It's cute to see what discussions arise from the homework writing about dreams for the future. I love several of the suggestions and plan to add them to the books and BrainPop video we already do. Thanks! epolston (at) rowland (dot) k12 (dot) ca (dot) us

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  28. I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award.
    krissyskindergarten.blogspot.com

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  29. I would love to win this fantastic giveaway! :o)

    Jennifer
    jennkeys @ gmail . com

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  30. I am a follower!
    Holly
    bearcom1000@msn.com
    www.joyofkindergarten.blogspot.com

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  31. I blogged about your giveaway!
    Holly
    http://joyofkindergarten.blogspot.com/2012/01/mlk-giveaway.html
    www.bearcom1000@msn.com

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  32. Would love to win this! :)
    I love your blog! :)
    Cheryl
    cener@sbcglobal.net
    Crayons and Curls

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  33. I totally agree about trying to find things that are geared toward primary grades (especially kindergarten). I am a follower and would love to add this to my arsenal.

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  34. Thanks for sharing your talent with the free download! nbland@scsk12.org

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  35. This looks great to do with my kiddos!

    April
    www.wolfelicious.blogspot.com

    kreitzer29@hotmail.com

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  36. Yay, thank you for the giveaway! I am a follower!

    kellybrown28021@gmail.com

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  37. I blogged about your giveaway!

    kellybrown28021@gmail.com

    http://busyinkindergarten.blogspot.com/2012/01/resourceful-room-fab-finds-and.html

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  38. I have looked all over as well and found nothing that I like for my kinders. This looks wonderful! I love your work!!!

    meganr@purdy.k12.mo.us

    mrsredshawskindermadness.blogspot.com

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  40. This looks awesome. I'd love to use it this week.

    heather.mcfall@knoxschools.org

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  41. This unit looks awesome! I love that it is geared towards younger kiddos!
    KayDee
    KayDee.Shaffer@besd.net

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  42. Love all of your units! Thanks!
    Irma
    sgarcia113@rgv.rr.com

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  43. You are awesome! The unit looks great and I would love to win it.

    tammy3w@yahoo.com

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  44. This unit looks AWESOME! I'm a follower of your blog.
    Caroline
    brantcc@bay.k12.fl.us

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  45. Hi Donna! I chose your blog for the Versatile Blogger award. Check it out here: www.aintheclassroom.blogspot.com Thanks for the awesome inspiration! :)

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  46. Finally something for the younger children. Thank you for making the MLK unit and sharing all of your ideas etc. I am a follower and cannot wait for something new.

    venusj9@gmail.com

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  47. Great stuff! Thank you!

    rmariemuniz@hotmail.com

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  48. Totally agree about most stuff being geared towards older kids. I have a coloring page with Dr. MLK Jr & a flag in the background. I usually have them water color it. Excited about other ideas such as Crayon Box that Talked & Brain Pop. Would love to add your unit too. I'm a follower!

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  49. I love your MLK unit ideas! It is always fun to get new ideas from creative people!

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  50. What a great unit! I am very impressed with your ideas...so creative!!

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  51. What a great unit! I am very impressed with your ideas...so creative!!

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  52. My first time on your blog. Thank you for the MLK Writing Freebie! I work at a poor country school and would LOVE to have the opportunity to share this unit with my children!

    jonibeth@earthlink.net

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  53. I love your blog. You have cute stuff. I am always looking for new things for my class. I would love the change to have some new ideas for my kindergarteners to learn about MLK.
    Thanks
    Angie
    angie.hightower@douglas.k12.ga.us

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  54. I just awarded your blog the Versatile Blogger award! Head over to my blog to read all about it!

    Joni
    http://kinderkidsfun.blogspot.com/2012/01/versatile-blogger-award.html

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  55. I agree, I have been searching for weeks for appropriate materials. I love your blog.
    jbarraclough@scusd.net

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  56. I like everything you do but I really love most the books you have been doing:)
    bharmor@hotmail.com

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  57. gfc follower (sl)
    Thanks for the opportunity.
    tnxns09 at gmail dot com

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  58. I blogged about your giveaway here~ http://sweettimesinfirst.blogspot.com/2012/01/oh-class-oh-yes-whole-brain-teaching.html
    ❤ Sandra
    Sweet Times in First
    sweettimesinfirst@gmail.com

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  59. Love the MLK unit. I follow your blog:)
    Lori
    lori.goode@douglas.k12.ga.us

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  60. I would love this and I'm a follower of your blog!

    ~Wendy
    sdwd727@gmail.com

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  61. Your MLK Jr. unit looks fantastic! I teach first grade, so I like to start out with a read aloud about MLK Jr. Then we talk about why he wanted to change our country and discuss the differences between the past and present in regards to segreagtion.

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  62. I know I am late but I have been searching the past 2 weeks for age appropriate MLK lessons and activities. If you don't mind me asking, where did you find the clip art for this work?

    ~Kairise
    katkinson13@gmail.com

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  63. I love this unit on MLK! Is there anyway I can purchase it? It has so many great things. Thank you! My email address is postigom@mdusd.org.

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