Martin Luther King Quotes & Activities

January and February are the perfect time to teach your students about Martin Luther King Jr. because we celebrate not only his birthday, but also Black History Month. These holidays provide the perfect platform for sharing about noteworthy African Americans who stood up for what was right.

I've compiled some resources to help simplify your lesson planning.
First of all, here is an awesome quote poster graphic from the Freehold Dodge dealership in New Jersey
Aren't these quotes awesome? I love sharing thought-provoking quotes in the classroom and seeing the discussion that unfolds. Hearing the direct words that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke make him more real to students. These words capture the heart and spirit of what Dr. King sought to accomplish during his fight for equality.
Thanks to Erik from Freehold Dodge for sharing this graphic!

To kick off our study, I always loved to read a couple of
Martin Luther King books:
 
and one of my all-time favorites, 
Martin's Big Words
One of the best things about this book is the powerful words and the incredible illustrations:
 To accompany this book and extend my student's learning about the power of words, I have created a Poster Packet of important quotes from the story:
 You could use this activity either before or after reading the story. I use it after reading it through once. I hang the quote posters around the classroom and have the students walk through and read them. Then, I have them think about what the quote means and how it could be used to influence and encourage people to pick up the cause of civil rights.
 Here's the preview of the posters plus a student activity sheet to use:
You could also divide your students into groups and assign each one a quote. They could focus in one what the quote means and then prepare a short presentation for the class.
These posters could also be used as a
thought-provoking bulletin board.

Note: This packet is included in my MLK Mega Packet and is also sold separately in my TpT store.

Speaking of, heres my MLK Mega Packet:
Here's a preview of what's included in the 55-page MEGA Packet!
This ready-to-use packet that will inform, challenge, and edify your students as you learn about Dr. King's legacy and the lasting impact he made on our world.


Inside the Head of a Leader
And then to continue our unit, we will discuss what made Martin Luther King, Jr. a great leader. 
{Here is the example of an activity we did last year}
We listed the qualities of leadership he exhibited and things he was passionate about inside his "head."
Disclaimer: I am by NO MEANS an artist, so don't judge my poor representation of MLK :) 
I told the students that Martin wasn't the only leader in history. We discussed various examples of other heroes and their characteristics (many of which over-lapped). I then told them I was staring at FUTURE leaders. 

"Inside the Head of a FUTURE Leader"
We repeated the exercise, only this time each student got a profile of a boy or girl and filled it's head with leadership qualities they have and different things they are passionate about. They turned out SO well!
It was an awesome opportunity for the students to not only learn about what makes a great leader - but for them to then see what it will take for them to become a future generation of leaders.


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No Talking by Andrew Clements - {130+ page Novel Study}

I have some exciting news to share with you, my dear teachers!
My newest hot-off-the-press novel study is DONE! 
Have you ever read the book No Talking by Andrew Clements?
It's a funny and relatable story about a group of 5th graders who go head-to-head in a battle to see who (girls or boys) can speak the fewest amount of words in two days. In the end, they learn about the importance of thinking before you speak. And doesn't every upper elementary class need to learn that lesson? ;)

This MEGA packet is the perfect supplement to a study of the book, whether you're doing it as a whole-class, a small group (i.e. reading groups or literature circles), or as an individual project. 
It includes over 130 pages of activities!

Here's a sampling of all that's included:

Packet Includes:
*Standards met by the activities in this packet – CCS and ELAR TEKS
*BEFORE reading – teacher instructions & contents
*Front Cover Visualization
*Mathematical Predictions
*Journal entry
*DURING reading – teacher instructions & contents
*Tracking My Progress – two-page tracking sheet to keep students accountable for reading and completing the chapter summaries.
*Keeping the Characters Straight – note-taking graphic organizer
*Chapter Summaries – one for each chapter (1-20). Blank template also included. Answer Keys provided.
*Vocabulary Word Wall cards – four for each chapter (80 total). Blank templates also included.
*Comprehension Quizzes – one quiz every five chapters (1-5, 6-10, 11-15, 16-20) *Answer Keys provided.
*Cause & Effect graphic organizers – one every five chapters (1-5, 6-10, 11-15, 16-20) *Answer Keys provided.
*Text Connections – graphic organizer
*Figurative Language Hunt – graphic organizer *Suggested Answer Key provided.
*AFTER reading – teacher instructions & contents
*Character Profiles – note-taking graphic organizers for the three main characters (Dave, Lynsey, and Mrs. Hiatt) *Answer keys provided. Blank template also included.
*Interactive Notebook Foldables – Story Elements, Important Characters, Comparing Characters, Setting, Protagonist/Antagonist, Plot Summary, and Theme. *Answer Keys provided.
*Keeping the Characters Straight – matching activity *Answer Key provided.
*Compare & Contrast – two Venn Diagram organizers
*My Favorite Scene – activity template


You can download the preview document for the complete Table of Contents and a list of the Common Core and ELAR TEKS (Texas) standards that are met in this packet.
And the best news?
This packet is 50% TODAY ONLY!
So you'll want to snag it now while it's at it's lowest-ever price!
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What's Cookin' Wednesday: Homemade Cheese Danishes






Happy Wednesday, friends!
Confession time:
I love Pinterest.
I love hunting for treasures and finding just the right thing to try, to make, to taste. 
I also like perusing my home feed, checking out things I would maybe never think to search for.
What a wonderful world!

Today's "What's Cookin' Wednesday" recipe is pin-spired:
Homemade Cheese Danishes
Your mouth is watering just looking at the picture, isn't it? :)
I knowwwww!
So good.

Ok, let's get these danishes off the screen and into your belly.
The original recipe came from foodlush
I read all of the comments and, taking their suggestions into account, modified the recipe. The end result was PERFECT!

Ingredients:
Danishes:
  • 2 cans of crescent rolls
  • 1 8oz package of cream cheese at room temp.
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla
  • 1 T sour cream
Icing:
  • 1 cup confectioner's sugar
  • 2 T milk
  • 2 T softened butter

Directions:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350.
  2. Open the crescent rolls carefully to avoid unrolling or tearing the dough. You'll need to leave it in it's cylindrical shape. Slice the dough into pieces about 1/2 inch thick (as though you're slicing cookie dough). Place the slices on a cookie sheet and press the center in to make an indentation for the cream cheese filling.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the cream cheese, white sugar, lemon juice, vanilla and sour cream. Add a dollop of the mixture to the indentation you made in each circle of dough. I find that about a T works well, but you can use as little or as much as you like. If you like fruit with your danish, you can also add it to the rolls before the cream cheese mixture. (I like cherry pie filling or blackberry preserves, personally.) Bake for 15 - 20 minutes.
  4. While the danish are baking, you can make a quick royal icing to drizzle over the tops. Mix together the confectioner's sugar, milk and butter in a small bowl. You can use a spoon to drizzle it over the tops of the danish, or you can put it into a small zip-top bag and snip of the corner for an easy "piping bag." Take the danishes out of the oven and allow them to cool for 10-15 minutes before icing.
Voila! That's it! Homemade ooey-gooey cheese danish goodness in less than an hour! My hubby and I have been eating these every day (no, we did not share). They reheat really well - 11 seconds in the microwave and they are finger-licking good! I plan to bring them to my next MOPS meeting - I'm sure they'll be a big hit!

Looking for more recipe ideas?
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Do you have a go-to recipe that you LOVE? I'd love to hear about it - leave a comment below :)
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*FREE* Editable Go-To Grocery List for Busy Teachers

Attention all busy teachers & moms!
Do your grocery lists look like a mishmash of hand-written notes scribbled on scraps of paper? 
Save time and shop smart! Instead of re-writing the same grocery items week after week, use this free and editable print-and-go master grocery list to keep track of items that you need. Resource created by Jessica Lawler @ Joy in the Journey
Do you ever head to the store without a list, thinking you'll remember what you need to get?
Yeah, how did that work out for you? ;)

Ditch the dozens of scribbled lists – create a go-to grocery list to save time and shop smart!
Save time and shop smart! Instead of re-writing the same grocery items week after week, use this free and editable print-and-go master grocery list to keep track of items that you need. Resource created by Jessica Lawler @ Joy in the Journey
Here's the idea:
Instead of re-writing the same items week after week, use this easy print-and-go master list to keep track of items that you need. Simply highlight the items that you want to purchase.  
Save time and shop smart! Instead of re-writing the same grocery items week after week, use this free and editable print-and-go master grocery list to keep track of items that you need. Resource created by Jessica Lawler @ Joy in the Journey
I keep this up on my fridge so I (and my husband!) can quickly mark what we need throughout the week. Then, when I’m ready to hit the grocery store, I grab the list and go!

Because I created this product to be useful for busy teachers and moms, The Go-To Grocery List is a FREE & EDITABLE document– customize it to fit the items that you buy on a regular basis. You can also change the order to fit the layout of your particular grocery store. The extra lines for space for you to write in items you buy infrequently.

*The font I used was KG Miss Kindergarten, size 9. You can download it for free here: http://bit.ly/MissKindergartenfont


Note: The page contains TWO identical lists to save on paper – so any changes you make to the left side, make sure to copy and paste it on the right.

Click here to download your FREE Go-To Grocery List:
Save time and shop smart! Instead of re-writing the same grocery items week after week, use this free and editable print-and-go master grocery list to keep track of items that you need. Resource created by Jessica Lawler @ Joy in the Journey

If you found this packet to be useful, please leave feedback :)

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Saturday Steal: 50% OFF Black History Month Biographies

Saturdays are wonderful in my book - family time, big breakfasts, long walks, reading for fun. etc. How do you normally spend your Saturdays?

And Saturdays have gotten a little sweeter since my friend Linsday from "Primary Polka Dots" started hosting a fun "Saturday Steal" event. Each Saturday a group of sellers choose a product and put it on sale for one day only.

Here's my special Saturday Steal deal for today:

To simplify your lesson planning, I've got a FUN & ENGAGING packet chocked-full of print-and-go
teacher-friendly activities for your upper elementary students:
Blog post filled with engaging and interactive Black History Month activities. Challenge your upper elem. students as they read 5 biographies of African Americans who stood up for justice. Packet includes Black History reading comprehension, graphic organizers, and creativity bulletin board display. Full answer keys are included. Resource created by Jessica Lawler.
When studying specific people during Black History Month,
I always shared with my students the rationale behind the people that I chose. I wanted them to study people of character.
Those who lived their lives with purpose.
Those who stood up for what was right. 

This "Heart for Justice" packet stemmed from my desire to honor those who championed equal rights and helped to better the world around them. Teach your students about what JUSTICE means - and how much some were willing to sacrifice to make justice a reality.

This mega packet is everything you need to teach your students during Black History Month (February) - simply print and go! 
Full answer keys and classroom samples are included.

This packet focuses on 5 note-worthy African Americans:
Harriet Tubman
Booker T. Washington
Rosa Parks
Jackie Robinson
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The packet includes five activities for your study of each person:
*One-page biography
*Note-taking Graphic Organizer
*Interactive Notebook Foldables
*Compare & Contrast Writing Prompt, Graphic Organizer, and Essay Paper
*“They Had a Heart for Justice” Craftivity/Bulletin Board Display

Here's a photo preview of all that's included:
Blog post filled with engaging and interactive Black History Month activities. Challenge your upper elem. students as they read 5 biographies of African Americans who stood up for justice. Packet includes Black History reading comprehension, graphic organizers, and creativity bulletin board display. Full answer keys are included. Resource created by Jessica Lawler.
If you're interested in the unit, but want to check it out before you purchase, you can download my FREE SAMPLER - it includes all of the activities in the packet that pertain to Harriet Tubman, an African American who demonstrated her HEART for JUSTICE:
Blog post filled with engaging and interactive Black History Month activities. Challenge your upper elem. students as they read 5 biographies of African Americans who stood up for justice. Packet includes Black History reading comprehension, graphic organizers, and creativity bulletin board display. Full answer keys are included. Resource created by Jessica Lawler.If you download this free sampler, please leave feedback :)
And if you like what you see, you can purchase the full unit
which includes all of the activities for four other note-worthy African Americans:

Search #saturdaysteal on Instagram for more awesome deals and steals! :)

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Valentine's Day PINspiration

Happy Friday, friends!
Today I'm linking up with Angela from "Southern Fried Teachin'" to share some of my favorite Pinterest finds this week. 
I decided to focus on Valentine's Day to help you prep for this upcoming fun and festive holiday!
Looking for some ideas for Valentine's Day? This blog post is chocked full of ideas: crafts, recipes, decor, gift ideas, and more! Get inspired to have a fun and festive Valentine's Day. Blog post by Jessica Lawler @ Joy in the Journey

Bible-themed Valentines:
Looking for a great way to share the love of Jesus this Valentine's Day? These FREE Valentine Scripture printables are perfect! They are simple, witty, and use easy-to-find items! Sounds like a win-win-win to me! Perfect for teachers to give to their students or kids to pass out to their friends.
Cupid Floats
Your kiddos will LOVE drinking these special "Cupid Floats" on Valentine's Day
Heart-Shaped Animal Crafts
This pin has tons of cute ideas for animals you can create - out of hearts! Fun and festive, this is a cute activity for school or home - or both! :)
Crayon Wax Pressed Hearts
Ok.
This is so cool.
What a fun way to use up old crayon bits - shave the broken pieces and place them between two pieces of wax paper. Then, using an iron, melt the crayon pieces into one large sheet. Once the crayon sheet is dry, you can trace and cut out different size hearts. How cool does it look with the light coming through the window?
Valentine - You Float my Boat
Choosing something to give my husband is always so tough. I love this idea, though - and plan to make the basket for my husband this year. We can enjoy root beer floats (one of his favorites!) and watch an action flick - now that's true love! :)

Looking for more Valentine's Day pins?
Check out my "Joy in Valentine's Day" Pinterest board:
Find "Joy in the Journey" of celebrating Valentine's Day! This board is chocked-full of free ideas, activity suggestions, crafts, recipes, home decor, etc. to help you celebrate Valentine's Day.

And while you're there, I'd love for you to follow me on Pinterest:

 I'm always on the lookout for Valentine's Day ideas - from crafts to food to decor, etc.! If you've found a Valentine's Day themed pin recently, I'd love to see it! Leave the URL in the comments.

Also, you can pop by Angela's Blog - "Southern Fried Teachin'" 
for more PINspiration! :) 
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Love is - Bible-Based Valentine's Day Activities

What is love? 
In today's society, it is very hard for students to define as it has too often been de-valued on television, in movies, and on the internet. The true characteristics of love need to be revisited and what better time to do it than Valentine's Day?
Valentine’s Day – or the Day of Love – is coming up! Today’s culture tells students that love is a temporary feeling that changes with our mood. It’s often based on behavior or how it makes us feel. But that’s not how God describes love. Engage your students with a discussion of what biblical love looks like. Blog post full of ideas, print-and-go activities, videos, and book suggestions. Resources created by Jessica Lawler @ Joy in the Journey.
In our classroom, we discussed the word love and made an anchor chart, differentiating what the world says it is vs. what we know true love to be. And by true love, we clarified that we didn't necessarily mean mushy-gushy feelings (insert squeals and groans here), but pure love, love that lasts, God's love.
We completed these fun interactive notebook foldables to help us remember what we've learned: 
Valentine’s Day – or the Day of Love – is coming up! Today’s culture tells students that love is a temporary feeling that changes with our mood. It’s often based on behavior or how it makes us feel. But that’s not how God describes love. Engage your students with a discussion of what biblical love looks like. Blog post full of ideas, print-and-go activities, videos, and book suggestions. Resources created by Jessica Lawler @ Joy in the Journey. 
Valentine’s Day – or the Day of Love – is coming up! Today’s culture tells students that love is a temporary feeling that changes with our mood. It’s often based on behavior or how it makes us feel. But that’s not how God describes love. Engage your students with a discussion of what biblical love looks like. Blog post full of ideas, print-and-go activities, videos, and book suggestions. Resources created by Jessica Lawler @ Joy in the Journey.
We also focused on 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a as our weekly memory verse.
Valentine’s Day – or the Day of Love – is coming up! Today’s culture tells students that love is a temporary feeling that changes with our mood. It’s often based on behavior or how it makes us feel. But that’s not how God describes love. Engage your students with a discussion of what biblical love looks like. Blog post full of ideas, print-and-go activities, videos, and book suggestions. Resources created by Jessica Lawler @ Joy in the Journey.Valentine’s Day – or the Day of Love – is coming up! Today’s culture tells students that love is a temporary feeling that changes with our mood. It’s often based on behavior or how it makes us feel. But that’s not how God describes love. Engage your students with a discussion of what biblical love looks like. Blog post full of ideas, print-and-go activities, videos, and book suggestions. Resources created by Jessica Lawler @ Joy in the Journey.
We read this cute kid-friendly book about what it means to love someone:
We watched this video every day for a week to help us remember the verse

The next day, I got the kiddos up and moving around as we put our knowledge to the test!
I taped these cards all over the classroom and sent the students hunting. They each had a tracking sheet where they recorded each card under the correct column: Love IS or Love IS NOT
Valentine’s Day – or the Day of Love – is coming up! Today’s culture tells students that love is a temporary feeling that changes with our mood. It’s often based on behavior or how it makes us feel. But that’s not how God describes love. Engage your students with a discussion of what biblical love looks like. Blog post full of ideas, print-and-go activities, videos, and book suggestions. Resources created by Jessica Lawler @ Joy in the Journey.
Valentine’s Day – or the Day of Love – is coming up! Today’s culture tells students that love is a temporary feeling that changes with our mood. It’s often based on behavior or how it makes us feel. But that’s not how God describes love. Engage your students with a discussion of what biblical love looks like. Blog post full of ideas, print-and-go activities, videos, and book suggestions. Resources created by Jessica Lawler @ Joy in the Journey.
Then we brainstormed ways that we could share this precious ending love of God with others. Each student got a template to fill in and color.
Valentine’s Day – or the Day of Love – is coming up! Today’s culture tells students that love is a temporary feeling that changes with our mood. It’s often based on behavior or how it makes us feel. But that’s not how God describes love. Engage your students with a discussion of what biblical love looks like. Blog post full of ideas, print-and-go activities, videos, and book suggestions. Resources created by Jessica Lawler @ Joy in the Journey.Valentine’s Day – or the Day of Love – is coming up! Today’s culture tells students that love is a temporary feeling that changes with our mood. It’s often based on behavior or how it makes us feel. But that’s not how God describes love. Engage your students with a discussion of what biblical love looks like. Blog post full of ideas, print-and-go activities, videos, and book suggestions. Resources created by Jessica Lawler @ Joy in the Journey.
They look awesome as a bulletin board in the hallway!

You can find all of these FUN & ENGAGING activities in this kid-tested, teacher-approved print-and-go packet.
Valentine’s Day – or the Day of Love – is coming up! Today’s culture tells students that love is a temporary feeling that changes with our mood. It’s often based on behavior or how it makes us feel. But that’s not how God describes love. Engage your students with a discussion of what biblical love looks like. Blog post full of ideas, print-and-go activities, videos, and book suggestions. Resources created by Jessica Lawler @ Joy in the Journey.
Whether you're using this at home with your kids, in a Sunday School classroom, or in a Christian school setting - you'll be planting God's truth in the heart of young people. In a society that says "love is anything you want it to be" we need parents and teachers who will stand up for what God says love is, as defined in the Bible.

Here's a preview of everything that's included in the packet:
Valentine’s Day – or the Day of Love – is coming up! Today’s culture tells students that love is a temporary feeling that changes with our mood. It’s often based on behavior or how it makes us feel. But that’s not how God describes love. Engage your students with a discussion of what biblical love looks like. Blog post full of ideas, print-and-go activities, videos, and book suggestions. Resources created by Jessica Lawler @ Joy in the Journey.
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Valentine’s Day – or the Day of Love – is coming up! Today’s culture tells students that love is a temporary feeling that changes with our mood. It’s often based on behavior or how it makes us feel. But that’s not how God describes love. Engage your students with a discussion of what biblical love looks like. Blog post full of ideas, print-and-go activities, videos, and book suggestions. Resources created by Jessica Lawler @ Joy in the Journey.
Do you have any other ideas for teaching students about LOVE as God sees it? I'd love to hear about it! Please leave a comment below.
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