Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

& Civil Rights Resources




Resources and Ideas

Dr. King's Dream: Lesson Plan  In this lesson, students will learn about the life and work of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. Includes primary sources. From the National Endowment for the Humanities.
EconEdLink Gr6-12 Lesson Plan A lesson plan from EconEdLink that provides context and resources to aid students in understanding how the Civil Rights Movement Developed.

What is Diversity? (download)

Teaching Diversity to Primary Students

MLK Day: Five Education World Resources Education World has gathered five lesson plans, resources and activities for teachers to use to teach about Martin Luther King, Jr. 
Breaking Barriers Lesson Plan

Provides students with first-hand experience about how African-American individuals have broken barriers to racial integration in the United States, achieving equal rights and making lasting contributions to the country’s political, social and cultural development.

"I Have a Dream" Mobiles Activity

Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s historic "I Have a Dream" speech by creating and decorating this mobile that inspires you to think about your own dreams--for your community, your country, and the world.

Black History Month NonFiction Text

February is Black History Month. Here are a few helpful non-fiction passages and research-based question sets about a variety of topics and historical figures related to its observance. You may need to set up a FREE account.

MLK Everything You Need

Everything you need to learn and teach about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The King Center

A digital archive about the life of Dr. King Jr.
Teaching Tolerance Lots of lesson ideas for K-6
MLK Jr. and Me Lesson Students create a journal comparing their lives to MLK Jr.  For lower and upper elementary students
Journal template is on website.Also, has links to other websites with information and pictures.
Timeline Activity Great idea for reading a book about MLK Jr. and then have each student create a picture  to go along with a fact.  Student samples are shown. Adaptable for lower and upper elementary students.
MLK Resource Links Includes information on other famous African Americans.
MLK Activities Websites and printables about MLK Jr. Day and other famous people.  Great for primary grades.
Science Experiment A science experiment that teaches about diversity.  Good for all ages.
MLK Day and Civil Rights Facts, figures and folklore about MLK and the  Civil Rights Movement with links to additional information.
National Civil Rights Museum  Look under "Educational Resources"