Saturday, January 15, 2011
Martin Luther King, Jr. Research Project
One of our expectations in first grade is to work on a research project. Simple, but informative. We used Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as our first attempt at researching a person. We watched a Brain Pop Jr. movie about Dr. King. It's a free view right now on Brain Pop Jr. After watching the movie, we took the "easy" test and discussed words like protests and segregation. WOW!!!
We read the book "A Picture Book of Martin Luther King, Jr." We webbed and discussed all the things we had learned about Dr. King from our research. Then the task began for the kids to write 3 facts they learned about Dr. King or thought was interesting about Dr. King. After the facts were written, they began a project to follow a set of sequenced steps to put together a portrait of Dr. King.
You can view a movie of our research project on my website.
I found the idea for the portrait on "What the Teacher Wants" blog. I didn't have any templates, so I just made them up as we went along. The kids do very well with the "hair cut" technique from Kinder Lit.
Mrs. Perry from "Primary Perspective" has some really great ideas about cut apart sentences with the portraits. She also has the link to the templates (should've looked at her blog earlier!) to put the portrait together. I think the original template was a freebie from Little Giraffes. I also used her idea for charting the differences about brown and white eggs. However...my kiddos got WAY off track on the how did the chick get in the egg and how do you know if an egg has a chick in it or not...whooh... inquisitive minds want to know! It was an interesting discussion!
Have a fabulous day!