Martin Luther King, Jr.
: Are you looking for a fun reading activity to use when studying Martin Luther King, Jr? Maybe you want something to kick off Black History Month. It's perfect to use in January for MLK Day or any time you are studying about the Civil Rights Movement. How about incorporating this themed informational "fact find" into your studies! Your students will enjoy this fun 'fact find' style word search! If your students are like mine, they love these puzzles.
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Keep the challenge level in mind when deciding if this 'all about' Martin Luther King, Jr. fact find will work for your class. Words are found forward, backward, up, down, and diagonal. I would consider it on the challenging side since students are looking for words in all directions.
Please see the list below as to what terms/words this sheet covers
This is not just any 'ole puzzle. It doesn't just include words to find. It includes facts about Martin Luther King, Jr.'s life. The format uses bullet marks, which can help your students remember the information. Within each fact, a word (or words) is underlined. Those are the words the students will find in the puzzle. For example, one sentence says, "Although Martin Luther King, Jr. protested against racism and segregation, he did it in a non-violent way." The word underlined in the sentence is "non-violent", and that is the word students will find.
I use word searches to introduce vocabulary, or even just give it as morning work to introduce the topic of the day. Perfect for a sub, too.
There are many options for using this word search 'fact find'. One option is to have students partner up and practice fluency. They can take turns reading the sentences. This can be used for a writing activity. Have them take the facts from the puzzle and turn them into a paragraph, changing out some of the words to make it their own. Parents can work with their child to find the words.They can even fold it in half and glue it into an interactive notebook for future reference when they lack a writing topic. It's great for triggering ideas. No matter when or how you use it, kids are sure to enjoy reading the fun facts about Martin Luther King, Jr. Feel free to be creative and use it in your classroom however you would like.
**Please note that there are many other facts that could have been included, but these are the ones on the search.
The themed words included in the Martin Luther King, Jr. find word search are:
Martin Luther (original name was Michael)
Pastor (father was a pastor in Atlanta)
race (raised to not believe in race or class superiority)
Civil Rights (left ministry to work towards Civil Rights)
Segregation (ended on buses)
arrested (MLK arrested many times)
non-violent (protested in this way)
I Have a Dream
Nobel Peace Prize
Memphis (where gave last speech and assassinated)
assassinated (by James Earl Ray)
Birthday (became national holiday)
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Back to School
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