Martin Luther King Jr. Day provides a wonderful opportunity for young ones to learn about the legacy of the civil rights movement and the ongoing struggle for racial justice and peace.
This is a pretty heavy topic, even for adults. So how can we, as preschool teachers, convey these messages in an age-appropriate way?
I think music is a wonderful way to present these heavy topics in a way that children can have fun and see themselves as a part of the ongoing story of the march toward freedom and justice.
This done-for-you music lesson plan was designed for PreK and Kindergarten-aged kids, but lower elementary kids love these activities too!
This lesson plan was designed for group, movement-based preschool music classes.
My goal is to make music lesson plans that are simple so that teachers with any amount of music background can lead a class with confidence. The lessons are easy to adapt to your own needs and situation.
You can buy the full lesson plan on Teachers Pay Teachers, but here are the highlights:
- Easy sing-along songs that teach respect and compassion for others
- Sheet music and lyrics for those songs
- Fun music to add to your playlist that will appeal to young kids
- A list of age-appropriate storybook recommendations about Dr. Martin Luther King
- Specific instructions on how to use all of the songs and activities with kids ages 0-5
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