While evaluating our homeschool at the end of last year, I realized that I had not emphasized writing enough on a daily basis. It was the one thing that fell between the cracks.
Actually, writing AND science tend to be the things that are not completed by the end of the day. Sigh.
In an effort to change that in our homeschool, writing has been a major focus for me this year. My younger girls, 3rd and 1st grades, often work on writing booklets about various topics.
This week’s writing focus is on Martin Luther King, Jr. Each of my younger girls will use one of these super cute writing booklets with picture dictionaries for practice.
Even though I teach history in a 4-year cycle, we usually stop and study Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. around his birthday in January. I enjoy learning about the lives of influential people, and Dr. King is no exception. I find him to be fascinating.
I have a variety of Martin Luther King, Jr. activities here at Mama’s, so make sure you browse through and find some activities for you and your kiddos!
Martin Luther King, Jr. Writing Booklet with Picture Dictionary
I’ve mentioned many times that I try to combine my children when I can, since there’s only 1 of me and I’m schooling 3 of them.
Plus the Pudding Pie that is turning into quite the 11-month old tornado.
Even though my 3rd grader and 1st grader have very different writing abilities, I can still combine them using this activity. Here’s how:
— My girls and I will read the books about Dr. King that are on my bookshelf. I own several since we study him each year. We will read 1, maybe 2 each day for several days. My 3rd grader will read Who Was Martin Luther King, Jr.? as independent reading in addition to our read alouds together.
→ Browse through all of our favorite books about Martin Luther King, Jr.
— My 1st grader needs a tremendous amount of writing support with spelling, grammar, and constructing a sentence. While I have seen vast improvements this year, she still needs my help. After our reading selection for the day, my 1st grader will choose 1-3 pictures from the dictionary, find the coordinating pages, and I will help her write the sentences she constructs.
— This will be an independent activity for my 3rd grader. She will be assigned 2-4 pictures each day and will be expected to write 2-3 sentences about each picture she chooses. After she writes her sentences, we will edit them together.
— Both of my girls enjoy drawing, so they will draw a picture to accompany their writing on each of the pages in their booklets.
While the Picture Dictionary is not necessary, it is my hope that it gets their creative juices flowing and the sentences will come naturally. Both of my girls are quite visual, and I find that the Picture Dictionary is just an added bonus!
Occasionally, I glue the Picture Dictionary in a file folder and tuck in a copy of the booklet and let my 3rd grader use this as a portable writing station. That’s always a fun way to spice things up!
We use these writing booklets often for various topics and I enjoy brainstorming many different ways to use them!
→ Find more resources for your Martin Luther King, Jr. Unit Study – includes free printables!
Or download a set of Martin Luther King, Jr. Blank Writing Pages
Download Martin Luther King, Jr. Writing Booklet with Picture Dictionary
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The classroom use license also includes a variety of ideas for using writing booklets in your home or classroom! Super helpful!