Saturday, January 11, 2014

MLK Activities AND Freebie!


Hey Kinder Friends,
This is another one of my favorite times of the year in Kindergarten. We have been in school for half a year already and it is just the perfect time to talk about our similarities and differences again as we move into discussions about diversity.
This is one of my all time favorites in Kinder. The Colors of Us is such a great book that leads to great discussions. The chart above was created after many discussions about the colors of...us! It is fun to talk about and change our thinking about the colors of us before we eventually settle on something that reminds us of...us. And as the days of discussion linger on you would be surprised at how descriptive these comparisons can get. I have learned over the years to wait a bit before making the final chart because we always get better as we go. The chart above is from the first year I attempted this activity. And if you give it a little time it is endearing to hear how the children help each other decide or make a better choice. Who knows, maybe this year I will be the color of warm French toast on a cold winter morning...
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/The-Colors-Of-Us-541331
This has always been a fun activity to do with multicultural crayons. And if you need a copy just click on the image above to grab yours.
What I just love about my school is that we celebrate this time of year for an entire month and we end it with our annual Black History program. As we begin to plan for our program and celebrations, we always turn to this book for inspiration for something to wear to the program. This is one of the best books that is appropriate for young children that explains the meaning of the colors of the cloth.
We usually always make badges because they are so simple to make and we can all show our spirit for the events. Last year we made Unity Headbands and I am sure in some form these will return because we loved them so much and they were such a perfect independent activity.
Because we have a month to celebrate and learn about Black History we have time to talk about many different people who have shaped history. I am always on the hunt for new books to add to my collection.
This one is still one of my favorites. It is age appropriate and a perfect book to go along with so many MLK, Jr. activities.
These are just a few of the activities we did last year and we had such a good time with them that they are coming back. They are just perfect for hanging in the classroom or all lined up in the hall with all the other things we can think to create.
So, we are just getting started this year and I am kind of excited. Who knows what we will add to these activities this year. I am on the hunt. So what is your favorite?
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Lets-Celebrate-Diversity-541320
For more information on Let's Celebrate Diversity please click on the image above to take you to my store and product description!
Have fun teaching friends!
 


1 comment:

Sylvia Parker said...

I love the chart! I am going to give it a try this year. Happy New Year, friend!

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