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Lesson Plans for Martin Luther King Day

Posted by on January 8, 2014

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I have two new lesson plans, both aligned with Common Core, that I’m giving away to help you plan Martin Luther King Day.

4th grade

Students interpret the words of Dr Martin Luther King in their own words in a visual organizer. Great project that gets students thinking about the impact of words on history. Common Core aligned. 7-page booklet includes a sample, step-by-step projects, a rubric for assessment, and additional resources to enrich teaching.

5th grade

Students research events leading up to Dr. Martin Luther King’s impact on American history and share them with an Event Chain organized visually, including pictures and thought bubbles. Aligned with Common Core. 7-page booklet includes a sample, step-by-step projects, a rubric for assessment, and additional resources to enrich teaching.

They use a (FREE) online tool called Nanoogo.

You can get them for free on my Teacher Pay Teachers store or on the Nanoogo site. Here are some screen shots from the lesson plans:



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Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 15 years. She is the editor of a K-8 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum, and creator of technology training books for how to integrate technology in education. She is webmaster for six blogs, CSG Master Teacher, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, CSTA presentation reviewer, freelance journalist on tech ed topics, a columnist for, and a weekly contributor to TeachHUB. Currently, she’s editing a techno-thriller that should be out to publishers next summer.

5 Responses to Lesson Plans for Martin Luther King Day

  1. Maureen

    “If several groups complete the project at the same time, have them asses
    each other using the rubric”

    Jacqui…I don’t know if this is your lesson from Nanoogo or theirs but the poor children really shouldn’t be called “asses” ha ha ha ha ha ha!

  2. Laura Loutensock

    Thanks for a great idea just when I needed it! Do you already have a folder of copyright-free images you have used? If not I can create my own, but it saves time to share…
    Laura L

    • Jacqui

      Hi Laura

      I usually have students find their own keeping the legalities of using online images in mind. Just precede their use with a discussion on copyright, plagiarism, and fair use. I also have students credit sources so they get used to doing it. If they find images with watermarks or that won’t copy/download, it’s a great opportunity to discuss the ‘why’ of that.

  3. Richard M. Long, New England Kurn Hattin School, Westminster, VT

    Great stuff. Thanks

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