I know I've already posted a few times about different Martin Luther King activities we've been doing over the last couple of weeks. We've done so much learning and had such a great time learning about this wonderful man! This is the last, culminating activity we did as a class together - the hand wreath.
This book, "The Colors of Us" I saw on someone's blog (if it's you or you know who please let me know so I can give credit). It is a marvelous book! It's all about the different colors of our skin.....and how everyone (even those in the same family) have at least slightly different color. It's apart of what makes us special and unique. I loved this book because it helped all kids understand that skin color is just that - skin color and doesn't impact who we are inside. My bi-racial students made an extra special connection with it because it validates those variations in skin color -- that members of the same family can be different colors. This book is perfect for Black History or for any character lesson. It has quickly become one of my favorite! The hand wreath can be found in my Celebrate MLK Day pack. I have several skin variation colors plus the black lines - I used black lines and allowed my kids to color the hands the color they think their skin in. They were so careful - really trying to create their color by mixing colors.
You can grab this pack in my TpT store or my TN store.
Just sharing a few of our morning work activities along with a Rainbow Write FREEBIE.
Right now for morning work I have the kids come in and put their things away - then they choose an activity. I have all the activities lined up on a shelf. We are really focusing on word wall words so all the activities focus on that.
1. Magnetic Letters - Use magnetic letters to make word word words. They love when the letters stick to each other for some reasons. I taught them how to make sure they put the letters back in the right spot. If they choose this activity they know they have to take it to a certain table. Up to 5 kids may choose this as they come in. When the seats are full - the activity is full. They would have to find another activity.
2. Rainbow Write - I made these sheets. I tried having them do it on their own with manilla paper - but they write so big that they quickly ran out of paper and would get more. So, I made this sheet for rainbow write. If you like - you can GRAB IT HERE NOW.
3. Playdough Stampers - I have playdough stampers from Lakeshore and the mini containers of play dough. The kids smush the playdough out and use the stampers to form the word wall words.
4. Word Wall Hunts - Kids can always choose to get their yellow boxes (where we keep our books from guided reading groups and other books they bring from home) to read and search for word wall words. They LOVE finding new word wall words in books!
So, what do YOU do for morning work....besides packets :0)