A Nation Remembers

Monday, January 16th is Martin Luther King Jr. Day – a time to reflect on the accomplishments of one man who affected millions of people.  The library has a display set up of print resources for teachers and students to check out.  There are also many online resources including our subscription to Safari Montage and BrainPop.  Using a keyword search produces many useful video clips, online quizzes and biographical information.

 In addition, here are a few more websites with information on MLK:

King Teaching Resources
A set of social and behavioral science resources from the American Association for the Advancement’s Science Netlinks to celebrate the work and legacy of Dr. King.
Image Credit: Associated Press

 http://americanhistory.si.edu/ourstory/activities/mlk/ Five new educational activities related to the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., from the Smithsonian’s History Explorer. Each of the activities relates to the children’s book, “Martin’s Big Words,” by Doreen Rappaport (2001, Hyperion Books for Children) – an award-winning biography of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. that focuses on his work in the Civil Rights Movement. The activities encourage readers to go beyond the words of the book by reading actively, creating word art from King’s speeches and other thought-provoking projects.

Looking for a great book to read?  Check out the book talks done by Mr. Hughes’ class in early January.  They are done using Voicethread – a great podcasting tool that lets students voices be heard.  We are proud of the great job these students did!

Can you think of words that represent what your New Year’s resolutions are?  Mrs. King and Mrs. Dembowski helped 2nd grade students take words that they brainstormed to create individual word collages using the free and easy to use site Wordle.  The highlight of the activity was the excitement that could be heard in the computer lab as students showed their classmates their creations.

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