Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Domino Tribute to Martin Luther King Jr.

This domino art project honoring Martin Luther King Jr. was implemented by my colleague and friend, Kristi, an enrichment educator who teaches gifted & talented elementary students.

Kristi found the Martin Luther King pattern on  The pattern is free, as long as it gets credited when used.  She said there are other patterns to choose from as well.

I think this project is fantastic!  Kids are using all kinds of skills during this project- collaboration, creativity, visual and spatial reasoning, communication, and problem-solving.  Plus, they end up with a beautiful, artistic creation.

There are many curriculum ideas to go along with this project.  Students can do independent research on Martin Luther King Jr., memorize and recite an MLK poem or speech, or read a biography.  The possibilities are endless. Let students have the choice!  

Supplies Needed:
  • 12 sets of double nine dominoes (black with white dots)
  • baggies
  • self-adhesive tiles, or you can use heavy posterboard and glue
  • science fair board or heavy cardboard
The Process:
The puzzle started as twelve smaller pieces and then students put all the smaller pieces together to make their final, complete MLK creation. Specifically, students placed each section on self-adhesive vinyl floor tiles that were cut to size. Then, students glued all the pieces to a science foam board to make the entire puzzle.  The puzzle art piece is 29 inches wide by 35 inches tall.
*Specific directions for each puzzle are located on the website.

Time Required:
It took Kristi's 8 second grade gifted and talented students about two and half hours to put the dominoes in place, but Kristi says it took twice as long to sort the dominoes into groups for the project.

My favorite Martin Luther King quote is, "The function of education is to teach one to think intensively, and to think critically. Intelligence plus character- that is the goal of true education." 

This unique project will surely get your students thinking!  Plus, what a wonderful tribute to Martin Luther King Jr.

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