We are quickly heading into January and Martin Luther King Day will soon be here. What an important lesson to teach all ages -but I’ll of course focus on a Martin Luther King Day Lesson for preschool, kindergarten or first grade here. There are a few books that are good for teaching about Martin Luther King to the little people…
My First Biography: Martin Luther King, Jr. – This is a great easy to read and understand book. It is excellent book for preschoolers/kindergarten/first grade. Great for teaching MLK Jr and his contribution to American history.
The Story of Martin Luther King Jr – This little boardbook uses only approximately 200 words to tell about the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. and to explain, in simple terms, how he ended segegation in America. Perfect for preschool – but, great for Kindergarten too! Easy to read and understand.
I am Martin Luther King, Jr. (Ordinary People Change the World) -This book is more for first or second or even third and fourth grade. It is almost “comic book like”. Its style makes it a nice read for an older level but again is very easy to understand and explain. My 2nd and 4th grader both enjoy this book.
Martin Luther King Day Lesson
After reading one (or more!) of those books, you can start a discussion with the students. It is fairly easy to get children to understand the concept of dreaming and imagining things they wish were better, and imagining ways that you can help someone else. To help teach little ones about Martin Luther King Jr. this holiday, you can focus on how he saw and experienced things that he knew were not right and he believed he could help make things right. He believed and he had dreams on how things could be different. He did what he could to make a difference. He was an ordinary person that did something extraordinary. He knew something was wrong and he worked to change it.
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