My middle school students are in awe of Michael Jackson’s dancing. They all practice and try to copy his moves! They didn’t know much about his songs, though. I thought I’d capitalize on their fascination with him for an anti-bully day activity.
I found some great svg files of MJ silhouettes on the Sure Cuts A Lot forum and cut them out of black poster board at the largest size my 12 x 24 Cricut mat could manage. I covered a prominent bulletin board at school with pink paper and mounted just the MJ cuts. Students noticed right away. They got very interested and curious, and excited to have a Michael Jackson bulletin board. Later in the week, I added some lyrics from The Man in the Mirror. I put up some reflective “mirror” paper in various spots on the bulletin board.
I explained that Michael Jackson was against bullying, but he must have noticed something inside himself that he wanted to change to make the world a better place. I bought the Man in the Mirror music video from iTunes and showed it to my students. The images are really striking. I brought a mirror around the classroom and had each student look at him/herself. Then I asked them to think of one thing they might want to change about themselves to have a positive influence on the world. They each wrote down what they wanted to change on fedora hats that I had cut, and they stapled them to the bulletin board. It was a great lesson for the students, and a great use of my Cricut!