Resources for “Happy Birthday, Dr. King!”


This week, we are reading Happy Birthday, Dr. King! in our Houghton Mifflin reading anthology.  We will use this POWERPOINT to guide our introduction of the story.  In addition, here are some resources to increase your comprehension and enjoyment of this reading selection.


Comprehension and Analysis Skills:

Vocabulary Skills:

  • Download this PowerPoint to help you learn this week’s vocabulary.
  • Play our e-Word Game to practice the vocabulary words.
Fluency Skills:

Spelling Skills:

Writing/Language Skills:


  1. Why is Jamal’s grandfather so unhappy that Jamal fought to sit at the back of the bus?
  2. What does Jamal learn from talking with his grandfather?  How is he different after the talk?
  3. Jamal says that he did something “really stupid that turned out to be stupendous instead.”  What do you think he means?
  4. What would you like to do for a school celebration of Dr. King’s birthday?
  5. Who do you think are the heroes in this story?  What makes them heroic?


Click on Good Books for Kids List to find 6 recommended books on Martin Luther King, Jr.

TAKE THE AR TEST (by Friday):

Happy Birthday, Dr. King! (HM Edition)
Jones, Kathryn
AR Quiz No. 902063 EN Fiction
BL: 3.3 – AR Pts: N/A



79 responses »

  1. Hi Students,

    This is your one-good-legged teacher, Ms. Rankin, sending you a “hello” and hoping that you are happy, healthy, and LEARNING LOTS AND LOTS this week.

    At this very moment, I am on the couch with my laptop. I have my bad foot up in the air with an ice pack wrapped around it. My dogs Sweatheart and Louise are at my side. They are good companions. I am thinking about you all. 🙂

    Be positive, prepared, productive and polite this week. And, as always, be kind to each other!! 🙂

    Ms. Rankin

  2. I learned that Kathryn Jones lives in Dorchester, a neighborhood in Boston. She previously lived in Guyana, a country in South America. In addition to writing, she has worked at the Children’s Museum in Boston and taught elementary school.

  3. I learned that at age three, Floyd Cooper began drawing on pieces of plasterboard left over from his father’s work as a builder. He drew constantly after that, even on his math and reading worksheets in school!

  4. Hi Ms. Rankin

    I hope u feel so much better! I really feel bad what happen to u. We are learning a lot this week. We can’t wait to see u again. 🙂

    Gina S.

  5. ***********The whole class misses you. Hope you come better soon.I never knew that the author worked in a museum.:):):):):):):):)*********

  6. Hi Ms. Rankin,

    I hope your leg is feeling better. Having your pups with your while you recuperate sounds like the best medicine to me. 🙂

    The think the class is definitely learning lots and lots–I know I am!!

    See you soon,
    Miss Yee

    • Hi Miss Yee,

      Yes, yes! Pups are Better than Bayer.

      Thank you for your leadership this week. We are so fortunate to have you as part of our “clan,” “family,” “tribe,”…

      See you soon,
      Ms. Rankin

      • BTW, sorry for not approving your comment and replying sooner. Because this was your first comment, the comment had to pass through the “approval” process. You’re now approved! 🙂

  7. HI Mr. Rankin the scanner is not working?:) .
    I hope you feel better Mr.Rankin and have a nice time.:)
    The whole class misses you a lot hope you come and see us.:)
    When are you coming back to teach us new things?:)

  8. I learned that Kathryn Jones worked in a Children’s Museum in Boston & that she taught elementary school. 🙂 🙂

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