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Black History Month: Martin Luther King, Jr. Song & Music Video

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This video is great for Black History Month, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and any day that Civil Rights or choosing the best words to make a difference is an issue--everyday! While the words are simple enough for very young children, the music will appeal to all levels.

In addition to the streaming video on TpT, you will get:

1. A private link to the Vimeo version of the video. You're welcome to download it for classroom use only.
2. The mp3 song file--Great for student performances!
3. A karaoke version of the song file
4. Full color lyrics for projecting
5. Black and white lyrics for student notebooks
6. An inspirational message to children, along with a quick follow-up assignment. (Note that you may want to modify this for different learning levels.)

I recommend doing several things with the music:

1. Just watch the video.
2. Make a KWL chart about what students KNOW, WANT to know, and LEARNED for a Martin Luther King, Jr., Black History Month, or Civil Rights unit. Sometimes children don't have much prior knowledge when making these charts. You can choose to play the song before creating the first chart to ensure that everyone has some prior knowledge---or use the song as part of the unit.
3. Early readers can point to words on the lyrics sheet as the mp3 version plays for a reading activity.
4. Ask early readers to read the words without the music.
5. After playing the song, ask students, "What did you notice?" I LOVE this question...Students of all ages come up with all sorts of things that ignite new ideas for mini-lessons!

I truly hope this song makes a difference in your classroom! You also may like "Stand Up for Your Beliefs," which includes additional role models like Rosa Parks and Abraham Lincoln. Just click here.

Enjoy, and please follow me on "EduTunes With Miss Jenny".

Jenny
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