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January Resources

I'm dreading going back. I've enjoyed my morning ritual of having a cup of coffee, watching TV, and browsing Facebook and teacher blogs while in my jammies! I'll have to say good bye to all that when our vacation ends.
 
January Resources: books, videos, and resources for teachers for the month of January including winter, science, social studies, and Martin Luther King Jr.


But the good news is: I get to see the kids again! Plus, there's a lot of fun stuff that can be done in January! (Well, besides testing and Progress Reports!)


First of all, it's winter. Now I've never been crazy about the snow or the cold, but the kiddos love playing in the snow, and I love their enthusiasm. Therefore, I look for opportunities to include winter themes in my classroom. Let's start with books! (Each image is a link to Amazon for more information!)

Here are a couple of fun resources to help the kids practice the basics in a fun way.
                           
 
HERE is a link to the winter video on Brain Pop Jr. Don't you love the way they put sophisticated concepts into language the children can understand?

Besides winter, there are a couple of days that are important. We have a day off for Martin Luther King Jr. In a couple of weeks. Besides making sure the kids know why we have the day off, I think Dr. King was an amazing man. I always spend some time talking about Dr. King, and love the innocent passion I always get from the kids each year. "They couldn't use the same bathroom? That's...just...so...wrong!" They are amazing!
                 
HERE's a link to the Brain Pop Martin Luther King Free movie! 

A lesser known holiday: Friday January 9th is National Static Electricity Day. It's handy that it lands when the air is so dry, since it gives us plenty of opportunities to explore static electricity! (I suspect that was intentional, but I know nothing about how National Static Electricity Day came to be!)

Speaking of electricity, did you realize Ben Franklin's birthday is January 17th? Now he's an interesting guy! 

     
I love all the little holidays.  Brain research tells us that children need novelty to learn. Well, all these little days are a great way to bring novelty into the classroom! See this resource for more of these fun little holidays! Click here: School Days are Fun Days Calendar of Fun 2021.


Don't forget...
January Resources: books, videos, and resources for teachers for the month of January including winter, science, social studies, and Martin Luther King Jr.

If you enjoy celebrating individual days, you'll love January Morning Meeting Greeting Activities! I'm trying to make your life easier by writing your morning letters for you. Each day includes the full date, something to celebrate on that date, and questions designed to get the children thinking! These can be used for discussions or writing prompts, and can be used occasionally or as a daily morning routine. Plus, they will be updated each year!
 
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/January-Morning-Meeting-Greeting-Activities-4255779?utm_source=blog%20post&utm_campaign=January%20Calendar%20Questions

Here's another look at the individual pages!


https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/January-Morning-Meeting-Greeting-Activities-4255779?utm_source=blog%20post&utm_campaign=January%20Calendar%20Questions

You may also be interested in this creation: Science and Social Studies Printables for January. There are activities for winter, Ben Franklin, static electricity, Martin Luther King Jr., mapping, and making timelines. See the image below for the link. (Be sure to download the preview for more details!)
 

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/January-Science-and-Social-Studies-Activities-1630331?utm_source=blog%20post&utm_campaign=January%20S%20and%20SS

I've also put several January items into a bundle that has pretty much everything you'll need for those first few weeks back! 

This image gives you some ideas about what's in it, but if you want a closer look, check out my preview here: January Bundle or see the image below.

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/January-Resources-Bundle-3540914?utm_source=Elementary%20Matters%20Blog&utm_campaign=January%20Resource%20Bundle


Enjoy your January!


January Resources: books, videos, and resources for teachers for the month of January including winter, science, social studies, and Martin Luther King Jr.


January Freebies!

Looking for some freebies for the month of January?  

I know where you can find some: right here!

January Freebies!  Here are five different freebies that can be used in your elementary classroom during the month of January!

January is a good time for Thank you cards! I like to start the year with a lesson on Thank you cards, and let the children write thank you cards to each other.  They love it!

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Thank-You-Cards-Freebie-5115442?utm_source=january%20freebies&utm_campaign=thank%20you%20notes%20freebie

For more about the parts of a Thank You note, see THIS POST.

We celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. in January.  This is one of my favorite freebies.  It really gets the kids thinking. It's an opportunity for children to decide on the fairness of decision in their lives.  I've heard some very passionate conversations when we work on the Just or Unjust activity!

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Just-or-Unjust-a-Civics-Sorting-Activity-190743?utm_source=blog%20post&utm_campaign=Just%20or%20Unjust


For more resources to teach about Martin Luther King Jr. see THIS POST.

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Halfway-Day-Activities-Freebie-2280861?utm_source=blog%20post&utm_campaign=Halfway%20Day

Many people are getting ready to celebrate Day 100, but we have another month before that happens. However, I do think Day 90 is a great opportunity to celebrate my favorite fraction! Halfway Day includes a couple of fractions to practice 1/2, and some badges for the children to wear to celebrate 1/2 way through the school year!

I've been working on a series of No Prep Printables. These are perfect for when you need something quickly, but want a valid learning activity which will engage the children.  Here's a sampling of Winter No Prep Activities!

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Winter-No-Prep-Printables-Freebie-Literacy-and-Math-Fun-1021081?utm_source=blog%20post&utm_campaign=Winter%20No%20Prep%20Freebie

January is a great time of year to decide to be happy, and you can help your students by encouraging them to be grateful! You can learn more about these Gratitude Journal Labels in this blog post: Five Finger Gratitude!


https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Gratitude-Journal-Labels-5100464?utm_source=january%20freebies&utm_campaign=gratitude%20journal%20labels

Enjoy your January, and give those kiddos an extra happy greeting back from vacation!

January Freebies!  Here are five different freebies that can be used in your elementary classroom during the month of January!



Martin Luther King Jr. Books, Videos, and Resources


I love teaching my students about Martin Luther King Jr.  

He was an incredible man, and stood for peace.


Martin Luther King Jr. Resources: This great man represented solving conflicts in a peaceful manner. Here are several books and video suggestions to help your students learn about Dr. King.


Although I'm giving away my age, I remember when he was shot. I was a little too young to understand the impact at the time. (I was far more interested in the boys than the politics of the day.) Today I can't watch his speech without tears rushing down my face.  It disturbs me to think that a peaceful man who worked so hard for non-violence was killed in such a violent way.

I find literature to be a valuable part of my teaching. I've read many books about Dr. King, and they always keep the children engaged.  He was clearly a powerful man.  Here are some good ones: (Each image is a link to Amazon.)
                                    
Explore each image for a link to Amazon to learn more about that book!  A video also grabs the attention of the children. Check out this one from Brain Pop.





Or this one from YouTube:




Although his speech is kind of long for the little ones, this is the last part of that famous speech, and it's worth showing at least part of it to the children. This video from Youtube is the last part of his speech, and I think the children will understand Dr. King's passion:


Dr.  King taught the world about peace.  Here are some children's books that help with the concept of peace. 




 Martin Luther King Jr. Resources: This great man represented solving conflicts in a peaceful manner. Here are several books and video suggestions to help your students learn about Dr. King. 


I also recommend this video:

It certainly tells the story of peace that I want children to learn, and I suspect it's the peaceful world Dr. King dreamed of. Plus, the lyrics are right on the screen for the kids to sing along... over and over!

Here's one more video, a song that warms my heart! It goes right along with the teachings of Dr. King, and something children will understand:

Finally, here's one my own resources - it's a freebie sorting activity that's sure to get the kids talking! And their conversations defending their opinions are amazing! See the image for the activity Just or Unjust?

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Just-or-Unjust-a-Civics-Sorting-Activity-190743?utm_source=blog%20post&utm_campaign=Just%20or%20Unjust


Speaking of activities, I have a couple of MLK activities in this resource: Science and Social Studies Activities for January




It includes a close read about Dr. King.
Martin Luther King Jr. Resources: This great man represented solving conflicts in a peaceful manner. Here are several books and video suggestions to help your students learn about Dr. King.

A mapping activity, based on important places in Dr. King's life.

Martin Luther King Jr. Resources: This great man represented solving conflicts in a peaceful manner. Here are several books and video suggestions to help your students learn about Dr. King.

And making timelines based on Dr. King's life.
Martin Luther King Jr. Resources: This great man represented solving conflicts in a peaceful manner. Here are several books and video suggestions to help your students learn about Dr. King.

See any of the images above to see Science and Social Studies Printables for January! (There is other fun stuff in there, too!)

I'd love to see your ideas for MLK too!


Martin Luther King Jr. Resources: This great man represented solving conflicts in a peaceful manner. Here are several books and video suggestions to help your students learn about Dr. King.

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