Three quick thoughts on classroom activities for Martin Luther King, Jr’s upcoming holiday.
I think this activity about the civil rights of snowmen might be one of my favorites of all time. And Ms. Trayers just posted an update, using protest posters! Love it. Plus, she does this with kindergarteners!.
In my class, students developed their own civilization modeled on the ancient civilizations of our curriculum. The snowman-rights idea inspired one piece of this year-long project, assigned around Martin Luther King, Jr’s holiday:
Develop a person who fought for the civil rights of an oppressed group in your civilization.
Students had to think of a group of people who lacked rights and then develop the hero who fight for this group. Their ideas were pretty amazing and quite varied.
Around The Class
If you’re looking for a quick activity in your class, ask your students to consider an “oppressed” object around the school and develop a civil rights activist who fights for its rights.
Ideas could include:
- chairs or desks
- pencils and pens
- playground equipment
- lunch tables
Have an awesome classroom idea for Martin Luther King’s holiday? Let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org or @IanAByrd
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