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Living the Dream: 100 Acts of Kindness

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Living the Dream: 100 Acts of Kindness

Grades K – 2
Lesson Plan Type Recurring Lesson
Estimated Time Introduction: 50 minutes; thereafter: 15 minutes per session, for one month
Lesson Author

Devon Hamner

Devon Hamner

Grand Island, Nebraska


National Council of Teachers of English


Materials and Technology

Student Interactives






  • Letís Read About...Martin Luther King, Jr. by Courtney Baker (Scholastic, 2001)

  • I am Freedomís Child by Bill Martin Jr.

  • Addictional books and other information sources about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • Internet access to suggested Websites

  • Display board(s)

  • Scrapbook

  • General classroom supplies (paper, pens, pencils, envelopes, art supplies, and so forth)

  • Chart tablets and markers

  • Supplies for Valentine's Day party

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Letter Generator

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing & Publishing Prose

Letter Generator

The Letter Generator is a useful tool for students to learn the parts of a business or friendly letter and then compose and print letters for both styles of correspondence.


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  • Collect other sources of information about Dr. King. Books that might be used during this study include the following:

    • Young Martin Luther King, Jr.: I Have a Dream by Joanne Mattern (Troll Books, 1991).

    • Martinís Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Doreen Rappaport (Jump Sun, 2001).

    • Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King by Jean Marzollo (Scholastic, 1993).

    • Letís Read About...Martin Luther King, Jr. by Courtney Baker (Scholastic, 2001).

    • Resources from Weekly Reader, Time for Kids, Scholasticís Letís Find Out, etc.

    • Martin Luther King, Jr. Poster Book published by Kids Books, Inc.

    • If You Lived in the Time of Martin Luther King by Ellen Levine (Scholastic, 1994). Note: This book is word intensive and designed for older students, but it provides good information when used as a resource or reference book.

  • Explore and bookmark appropriate Websites, listed in the Websites section. Note that the sites include information and images which may be confusing or upsetting for students (for instance, the Life site's photo labeled "Arrested for 'loitering' and being manhandled by Montgomery, Alabama police"). Be sure to check the sites carefully to ensure that they are appropriate for your students and that they fit your district's standards.

  • Obtain a scrapbook and display board(s).

  • Create a 100s chart to keep track of class progress toward 100 acts of kindness. (We passed our goal and began a second chart, so you might want to plan for that possibility.) Additional samples are available in teh Websites section.

  • Collect classroom supplies and stock work centers in the classroom.

  • Test the Letter Generator student interactive on your computers to familiarize yourself with the tool and ensure that you have the Flash plug-in installed. You can download the plug-in from the technical support page.

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