Martin Luther King Jr. Lessons and Activities

Martin Luther King Jr. activities and resources

I have gathered several products and lessons for Martin Luther King Jr. to showcase in this blog post. This is such a significant holiday in the classroom. Teaching the history of what Martin Luther King Jr. did and what he fought for is very important to teach in the classroom. It helps educate the students about U.S. history, an important historical figure, and how to use Dr. King’s beliefs in their every day lives. Here’s a breakdown of Martin Luther King Jr. lessons and activities.

Let’s Watch MLK Jr.

Brain Pop Jr. video for teaching MLK in the classroom.

Brain Pop Jr. has a video and other activities for Martin Luther King Jr.

If there is a Brain Pop video for a topic, I always introduce the topic with one of these videos. They are so informative and my students always loved Moby and Annie.

Let’s Read About MLK Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. Read aloud
Martin Luther King JR book
Martin Luther King Jr. Read aloud
Martin Luther King Jr. Read aloud
Martin Luther King Jr. Read aloud

Each of these images above are links to affiliate books on Amazon. 

Martin Luther King Jr. Activities and Resources- crafts and hands on activities for MLK Jr. Day

Paired Passages

Martin Luther King Jr. is featured in my January Paired Passages. There is a nonfiction and fictional story about him with comprehension activities, writing, and comparison activities.

Martin Luther King Jr. Activities and Resources- crafts and hands on activities for MLK Jr. Day

We also read through a Martin Luther King Jr. script which is included in my Winter Reader’s Theater. This is a three-character play that it set in the past. The two girls are interviewing Dr. King, so it gives a lot of mock-opinions of Dr. King. See more Martin Luther King Jr. lessons and activities below.

Mini books for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Mini books for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Mini Books

My students loved coloring and cutting their own mini books for MLK Jr. Day. It made them feel ownership of their creation. After we studied MLK Jr. and made their mini books, the students played Mix-Pair-Share to read their books to a partner.

These books are included in the MLK Unit shown below.

Martin Luther King Jr. teaching unit.
Martin Luther King Jr. ELA teaching unit.

Let’s Get Crafty with MLK Jr.

MLK Day flip book example.
MLK Day craftivity flip book.

Martin Luther King Jr. Flip Book

This includes reading passages with four comprehension questions, a sorting sheet with what MLK Jr. wanted, and what he did not want, and also includes a writing page for students to write down what they have learned.

Martin Luther King Jr. Activities and Resources- crafts and hands on activities for MLK Jr. Day.

Let’s Write About MLK Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. Activities and Resources- crafts and hands on activities for MLK Jr. Day.
Martin Luther King Jr. Activities and Resources- crafts and hands on activities for MLK Jr. Day.

Martin Luther King Jr. Lessons and Activities

Resources highlighted in this blog post:

MLK Day craftivity flip book.
MLK Day Unit for primary teachers.
January paired passages.
Winter themed readers theater.

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