Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon is a great back to school read aloud and leads well into having student write about ways that they can "stand tall" like her. Great conversation starter for bucket fillers and anti-bullying programs as well.
Anti-bullying activity: Group activity using toothpaste, a plate and toothpicks to demonstrate how you can't take words back. Love this! Mrs. O Knows: Did I Just Leave The Dollar Tree With That Many Bags?
Teaching young students about MLK Day is very important, yet it can be difficult to explain to students how things used to be long ago when there was segregation. Read this blog post for some great ideas.