Martin Luther King Jr. Activities - MLK STEM - The town wants to honor Martin Luther King Jr. by putting up a monument. The mayor needs the help of your student engineers to come up with some ideas for what the monument should look like. Your students will need to use their creative thinking to come up with a design using only the available supplies and sticking to the budget. This is a completely fun and new way to celebrate Martin Luther King Day, Black History Month or to study famous Americans. This STEM meets NGSS standards.
Suggested Plan of Implementation:
Prior Week: Send home the parent letter requesting supplies. Gather needed materials.
Day One – Introduce and discuss “The Problem” slide. Discuss the “Let’s Talk About It – Force and Motion” slide. Introduce the STEM Challenge.
Day Two – Introduce and discuss the budget options. Use the planning page to illustrate or write out the building idea.
Day Three – “Purchase” supplies for the build. Work on budget. Begin the building process.
Day Four – Work on and complete the structure.
Day Five – Test the structure. Complete the Self-Evaluation Page
This is certainly not the only way to use these materials. They are designed to be flexible and be used to best suit each classroom and teacher based on the ability of the learner, time constraints and teacher preference.
Please check out the preview to get a glimpse of everything that is included.
You will get:
"The Problem" slide to discuss with students
"The Challenge" slide to discuss with students
"Let's Talk About It: Martin Luther King Jr.'s Speech" slide to discuss and build background knowledge
Plan for Implementation
Parent Letter requesting supplies
"Martin Luther King Jr." color option printable (to add to statue)
"Martin Luther King Jr." black and white option printable
Student Building Plan (2 versions)
STEM Challenge Journal Page (or stand alone printable)
Budget Spending Page (2 versions for differentiation)
"I Have a Dream" Writing Activity
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