As a kindergarten teacher, it was difficult finding resources suitable for young kids. The civil rights movement, and MLK's violent death, are not what I wanted my students to remember. Instead, I wanted them to know Dr. King was a man of peace, a leader of change, a problem-solver, and that he wanted everyone to get along regardless of their skin color. To keep the lesson developmentally appropriate, I used poetry and songs.
Today, I am highlighting my Dr. King Build-a-Poem Center. It's a fun, catchy, poem that teaches Dr. King's dream for us all to get along and be good friends.
To create a pocket chart poetry center, simply hang the poem as a reference, and place the word cards in a container. Every word is printed on a 3.5 x 6" card, bordered in gray chevron, with a small clipart of MLK.
The students will use the word cards to build the poem, and share with their peers when finished.