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Martin Luther King, Jr. Activities

Listed below is a sampling of just some of the activities taking place in our schools to celebrate the life and honor  the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Francis Scott Key High School will hold its 2nd Annual Day of Service to honor Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday on Wednesday, January 18.  It will be held in the Eagle Learning Lab and nearby rooms from 2:30-5:00 p.m.  Service projects will include organizing blessing bags for the Women’s Shelter in Westminster and making window decorations for older adults that are home-bound. Dr. King once said, “Not everybody can be famous, but everyone can be great. Greatness is determined by service. You only need a heart full of grace and a soul generated by love.”

Gateway School/Crossroads Middle is recognizing Dr. King through its video and morning announcements. Students also will participate in an Advisory lesson in which they will watch Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech and then complete a worksheet to express their dreams for the world in a format similar to his speech.

Fifth grade classes at Hampstead Elementary School will learn about Dr. King, Gandhi, and Rosa Parks. The fourth grade autism class will read a News 2 You article and focus on identifying key details from informational text. First graders  learned about Dr. King by doing research on BrainPop Jr. and reading a Scholastic Newspaper and a nonfiction book. Students made timelines of his life and wrote about how they can be a great part of their class.

Kindergarten students at Linton Springs Elementary School are reading about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and talking about kindness. In 4th grade, students will be learning about Dr. King’s legacy through video and discussion and then will be creating “t-shirts” with the theme “How I Can Promote Peace” at home, at school, and in the community.  Students’ artwork will be displayed in the hallways to share ideas.

Manchester Elementary School is putting together a bulletin board to celebrate Dr. King’s speech. Teachers have been provided with videos, read-alouds, and activities to use with their classes over the next few weeks. The special education department also organized staff wearing inclusion matters t-shirts on Friday, January 13, to start conversations about all people being part of Dr. King’s dream.

Manchester Valley High School is sending out a slide that asks “how will you honor Dr. King’s legacy?”.

Mt. Airy Middle School seventh grade classes are currently in their Civil Rights unit and have shared portions of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, while discussing Emmett Till and Langston Hughes. Students will participate in a Civil Rights research project for their History Day project next week. Students in Humanities are reading biographies and listening to speeches to understand the impact Dr. King made on society. Students will analyze the “I Have a Dream” speech and share what impact they would like to make on the world. In classes throughout the building, students will learn about the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and have rich discussion on his lasting impact on our country and the world.

The Parr’s Ridge Elementary School media center is displaying books that feature Dr. King. Students are participating in a read aloud of I am Martin Luther King, Jr., watching Brain Pop and Discovery Education videos, and creating an MLK foldable. They also are researching Dr. King on Pebble Go and creating brochures.

Robert Moton Elementary School offered the MLK Day of Service with Wes Moore and UWCM~School Activity. A writing activity was shared at the January School Improvement Team meeting. The completed copies could be presented to Wes Moore by the MLK Service Activity's United Way contact.

At Runnymede Elementary School, A video of a 4th grade class singing a song they learned to celebrate Dr. King's message of peace will be shared school-wide during morning announcements on January 13th. Pre-K students will be enjoying a read-aloud called Who Was Martin Luther King, Jr? Students will then complete a guided reading lesson using the emergent reader called We Can Be Kind and conclude the lesson by decorating a cake for Dr. King. Third grade classes will be reading a biography about Dr. King to identify main ideas and key details and to identify the significance of his life. Fifth graders will be reading passages followed by videos on Brain Pop. In art classes, students will be presented a short biography and then will draw and paint a portrait of Dr. King.

South Carroll High School will feature a biography highlight of Martin Luther King, Jr. in its weekly announcements.

Kindergarten students at Taneytown Elementary School are reading a Scholastic News – Let’s Find Out article titled Do What is Right with a follow-up activity showing scenarios where they have to decide the right thing to do. Second grade students will be learning about biographies and timelines in ELA. They will read a Time for Kids biography of Dr. King and record his important milestones on a group timeline. Students will then think about their own milestones and create their own personal timeline. The following day, students will use the timeline to write a nonfiction paragraph about his life. They will then use their own timeline to write an autobiography paragraph.

Kindergarten students at Westminster Elementary School will complete a Let’s Find Out Scholastic magazine lesson, which includes reading the article Do What is Right, watching the videos Dr. King: A Leader and a Hero and the I Have a Dream speech, and playing the game Kindness – Find It!. They also will complete a “Do What is Right” skill sheet. First grade teachers are teaching a social studies lesson about Dr. King. Second graders will explore the important events in Dr. King’s life to understand his important contribution to our country.  They will read texts, watch videos, and listen to stories. Third grade students will watch an informational video and have a class discussion.  If time allows, they also will have a writing activity. In fourth grade, students will read about Dr. King and complete an “I Have a Dream” writing prompt with a craft. Fifth grade classes will read a text, discuss sequence structure, and write a response about Dr. King’s impact.

Third grade students at Winfield Elementary School will read about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and focus on the character trait of leadership. They will then answer the following discussion questions: How did Dr. King show leadership? How did he help change the way people thought? What are some characteristics of a good leader? Fourth grade students will be completing a research project during Media.  They will be doing research on the life of  Martin Luther King, Jr. by using technology resources to find their own resource with information about him. They will organize their notes based on what they have learned in previous lessons about notetaking and organizing information. Fifth grade Humanities students will be learning about Dr. King and writing about a positive change they would like to see in the world.

Winters Mill High School students will watch a special video message from the principal during Advisory classes. A special bulletin board is posted in the main hallway.