Researching Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Maddie and Pierce (fourth grade) taking notes on their research questions.

Leading up to Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, students from Kindergarten through fifth grade researched MLK’s accomplishments and their impact on our society. The students were presented with questions and literature about Martin Luther King Jr. and were invited to answer the questions through their research. Everyone, from kindergarten through fifth grade, completed the assignment with quality in mind. Upper Elementary students Pierce, Steve and Caroline were the first to finish. Before moving onto another activity, all three students helped the kindergartners with their research about Martin Luther King. Caroline helped Zohe to look up MLK’s birthday in a book, and then to write it on paper. This type of self and peer-directed learning empowers the students to find all the information they want to know, without relying on adults to find it for them.

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