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Martin Luther King Jr Day Activities & Resources for Teachers and Homeschoolers

Happy New Year everyone!

We’re now into January and as we all know, one of the things we’ll be celebrating soon is the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Whether you’re an educator or a homeschooling parent, you’re likely in search of resources to supplement your teaching this month.

We’d like to help.

We’ve compiled a list of printables, videos, books, and activities that you can use in the classroom or at home to help your students understand the importance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s work and how it impacts us all today.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Educational Resources

  • Education.com has put together a ton of free printables for kids in elementary and middle school to use for Martin Luther King Jr. Day this year.
  • If you’re looking for beautiful picture books, look no further. Read Brightly has compiled a list of 18 picture books that help keep Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream alive.
  • BrainPOP has created a short, engaging, animated biography of Dr. King’s life and work.
  • Here are 17 inspirational quotes from Martin Luther King Jr.’s speeches and letters. Let his powerful words be a reminder of why we honor his life and strive to keep making positive changes.
  • The History Channel has provided a video of Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream…” speech that you can watch right here.
  • Martin’s Big Words by Doreen Rappaport and Bryan Collier is an audiobook on Pinna filled with quotes from Dr. King himself. This biography teaches kids about his impactful work and how his legacy still lives today.
  • Scholastic interviewed real teachers to see how they honor the life of Dr. King with their students. There are some really cool ideas in this article.
  • Jump Start is a free educational resource for teachers and parents. They’ve compiled a list of activities to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with poems, printables, games, and more.
  • If you need more Martin Luther King Jr. Day picture book suggestions, PBS Kids has put together a fantastic list for families to read together.
  • If you’re looking for a hands-on art project, here’s a cool video tutorial teaching kids to draw Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Kids Activities Blog has pulled together a giant list of 40+ ways to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Check it out here.
  • For homeschool families, The Homeschool Mom has an entire section on their site dedicated to Martin Luther King Jr. resources for kids of every age.


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Amy Thetford

Amy Thetford

Amy is a freelance writer and homeschooling mom to her tribe of tiny humans. She's fueled by coffee and the desire to do ALL. THE. THINGS. She blogs about all things motherhood at realtalkwithamy.com