Martin Luther King Jr. Teaching Ideas, Lesson Plans, Printables, Activities


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  • Martin Luther King- Thematic Lesson Plans by Ready Sets  Martin Luther King Birthday – 32 usable pages of lesson plans in one thematic workbook covering the entire MLK Birthday observance for your 1st to 4th grade students.
  • I Have a Dream {Literacy and Art Activity}  By Tech Girl/Engaging Lessons This interactive set of Literacy & Art activities has the students learning about the Life Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr through viewing a video of “Martin’s Big Words” (link included), engaging in Pre and Post viewing activities, completing a cut & paste sequencing activity, then moving on to the actual “I Have a Dream Speech,” the students will Listen (Link included) to the actual speech while reading along(link included so you can provide copies if you choose) and also engage in Pre and Post listening activities that involve the review and then extension of the use of similes and metaphors through writing and illustrating the visions in their heads.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Decodable Reader by Kristen Walsky  This book is made for early learners. It is easy to read and a great nonfiction addition to a Martin Luther King, Jr. unit. The words in this book are traceable. 
  • Martin Luther King, Jr Cut and Paste By Dianne Tansey  This cut-and-paste art project will provide your students with opportunities to improve their fine motor dexterity and their ability to follow directions. This project will also help develop their visual memories and enhance basic math skills.

Resources @ A to Z

Being Treated Equally 
To let children experience prejudice first hand, in reference to Martin Luther King Day. 
Grade Level(s): K

We’re All the Same on the Inside
This is a simple look at how we can look different on the outside, yet be the same on the inside. We use this activity around Martin Luther King day after a discussion about prejudice. 
Grade Level(s): Preschool, 1-2, 3-5

Martin Luther King, Jr. – Little Giraffes Teaching Ideas 
A few activity ideas and photos for MLK, Jr. 
Grade Level(s): Preschool, K, 1-2

Martin Luther King, Jr. Word Search  Printable word search for Martin Luther King, Jr. You will need Adobe Acrobat to view this pdf document. 
Grade Level(s): 1-2, 3-5 

Resources @ Other Sites

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. WebQuest/Timeline 
Work through the student-created timeline to find answers to the questions. 
Grade Level(s): K, 1-2, 3-5

Martin Luther King Printables 
Poems and coloring printables, puzzles and worksheets about Martin Luther Ling, Jr. and Rosa Parks.
Grade Level(s) Pre-school-K, 1-3

Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King
Activities & links across the grades. 
Grade Level(s): K, 1-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

M is for Martin Ideas 
Some activity ideas with photos for a preschool or early childhood classroom. 
Grade Level(s): Preschool, K

M is for Martin Preschool Ideas 
Several ideas to use with preschoolers including photos of activities. 
Grade Level(s): Preschool, K

Martin Luther King, Jr. Clipart or Coloring Sheet
MLK, Jr. image 
Grade Level(s): Preschool, K, 1-2

M is for Martin Collage
Using a variety of materials a class worked together to create a collage portrait of MLK, Jr. 
Grade Level(s): Preschool, K, 1-2

Annie’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Page
A variety of ideas and activities. 
Grade Level(s):  Preschool, K, 1-2

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Research & Education Institute 
Large resource for information on MLK, Jr. created to provide an institutional home for a broad range of activities illuminating the Nobel Peace laureate’s life and the movements he inspired. 
Grade Level(s): Preschool, K, 1-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

MLK, Jr. Chant 
Chant for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. 
Grade Level(s): 3-5


Books to use for teaching about Martin Luther King Jr.

  This little boardbook uses only approximately 200 words to tell about the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. and to explain, in simple terms, how he ended segregation in America.
  Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

  This picture-book biography is an excellent and accessible introduction for young readers to learn about one of the world’s most influential leaders, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.                              


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