Martin Luther King Jr. Day is celebrated on the third Monday in January. The great civil rights leader was born on January 15, 1929. MLK (as he is often referred to) was shot by an assassin’s bullet on April 4, 1968. Here are free printable lesson plans to help you explore this legendary hero. Use these lessons in classroom, homeschool, scout troops and social groups.
Nobel Prize.org as the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize winner, Martin Luther King Jr. is featured on this website with a comprehensive bibliography of resources. I recommend that teachers use this website as a reference for instruction about MLK.
Happy Birthday MLK is a free printable five page activity booklet focused book “Happy Birthday Martin Luther King” by Jean Marzollo. It covers the life and work of Dr. King. The lessons guide students through readings, discussions, response activities and higher order thinking skills questions.
Mr.Donn.org is a comprehensive free printable lesson plans website, created by a teacher for teachers. There are close to 30 links for free printable lessons, posters, coloring pages, worksheets, fill-in-the-blanks, puzzles, coloring pages, literature study guides and activities based on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Some of my favorites include:
DL-TK’s Unity Hand Wreath cut and paste craft
Kinderart’s Box of Crayons coloring craft
Teacher First’s Breaking Color Barriers (a science object lesson for children)
But don’t stop there; check out all of Mr. Donn’s free printable resources and linked lessons.
ABC Teach this website has been a favorite of mine for some time. The page I’ve linked to contains 16 free printable lessons focused on world peace and unity. There are crafts, writing prompts, posters, games, coloring pages, word search, worksheets, reading activities, acrostic forms, poetry frames and much more. After all, wasn’t peace, unity and brotherhood what Dr. King was all about?
ABC Teach MLK this links you to the ABC Teach page dedicated to Martin Luther King, Jr. It has writing prompts, worksheets, lessons, games and activities about Dr. King and his speeches, including “I have a Dream”.
Let me conclude with a link and a quote from that famous speech made by Dr. King, made on August 28, 963 at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. I Have a Dream:
“It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked “insufficient funds.” But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt…I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character” (excerpt).