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WAYS TO HONOR MLK MUSIC ACTIVITIES

Ways to Honor Martin Luther King Jr. Music Activities

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I’m sharing ways you can honor Martin Luther King Jr. music activities to help our students understand freedom and equality.

In this post you’ll find songs, movement and literacy activities to honor Martin Luther King Jr.

WAYS TO HONOR MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. MUSIC ACTIVITIES

I wrote this song several years ago and decided it was the right time to publish it on YouTube.  Although a simple song, the lyrics are meaningful, and I hope capture the meaning of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The refrain says it all; “his dream lives on in you and me.”

Video here:

“HIS DREAM LIVES ON” by Sandra Hendrickson

Vs. 1  

Doctor King had a dream.

He believed all men are free.

And he taught the world to live in harmony.

His dream lives on.  His dream lives on, in you and me.

Vs. 2

Doctor King walked for peace.

He showed the way for us to be.

And he taught the world to live in harmony.

His dream lives on.  His dream lives on, in you and me.

Vs. 3

Doctor King said; “let us sing!”

Let the bells of freedom ring.

And he taught the world to live in harmony.

His dream lives on.  His dream lives on, in you and me.

Vs. 4

Doctor King learned from the past.

He said; “We are free at last”.

And he taught the world to live in harmony.

His dream lives on.  His dream lives on, in you and me. His dream lives on.

You can purchase the video and teaching presentation, music tracks at the Teachers Pay Teacher Store

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Sing a Long “HIS DREAM LIVES ON”

 I’m sharing the song "His Dream Lives On" to honor Martin Luther King Jr.  to help our students understand freedom and equality. Available on Spotify, YouTube and TpT.

LISTENING ACTIVITIES for MLK DAY

“Oh Freedom”

The music is wonderful.  You may find that the images are too mature for your music classes.  I highly recommend previewing this video as some of the comments are not appropriate for children.

I would play the song and have a different picture posted on my screen- or none at all.

PBS Learning Media for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The Story of Martin Luther King Jr. by Kid President.

SING FREEDOM SONGS

Here are some songs to help students honor MLK Jr.

“Rise UP” by Jack Hartman

“Sing About Martin”

This teacher posted the sign language actions that I use too.  I’d learn them first and then teach my kids the actions before we sing the song.

Using hand actions is another way to help students learn about Martin Luther King Jr. through music activities.

Here are the lyrics to this great song for your younger students.

  • Sing about Martin,
  • Sing about caring,
  • Sing about peace all around the world.
  • Sing about Martin,
  • Sing about loving,
  • Sing about Peace all around the world.

PLAY INSTRUMENTS

I think this activity will work great for your upper elementary students.

Martin Luther King Day Play Along

You may be interested in purchasing this resource; “Martin Luther King” Orff Song and Activity for your MLK Day music activities.

“Martin Luther King” Orff Song and Activity by Sing Play Create.

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR ORFF SONG AND MUSIC LESSON

Or this so mi la music lesson with Ostinato; “Martin Luther King Believed”

Singing, playing and moving activities strengthen music skills and help students connect to relevant social and historical events.

MORE MLK TEACHING IDEAS

How to Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Teach Respect and Kindness

As we approach Martin Luther King Day, I believe most of us are going to pay more attention to the meaning of this holiday and why it’s on the calendar. 

So, I hope you have found some music activities to help students honor Martin Luther King Jr.

Sandra from Sing Play Create

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Meet Sandra

Hi there!  I’m Sandra, one of the authors behind Sing Play Create.  My goal is to provide teachers with interactive resources and activities to improve the effectiveness of their teaching and enhance student learning.

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