Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

& Civil Rights Resources




Resources and Ideas

iCivics: From Bill to Law - How MLK Day became a federal holiday The WebQuest, Legislating for Holiday, not only provides students with an opportunity to explore King's many contributions to the Civil Rights Movement, but will also help them learn how a bill becomes a law. Students can embark on the WebQuest on their own or you can use the resources and prompts to guide whole-class discussions.
Classroom Resources for Martin Luther King Jr. Day ( NEA) lesson plans, activity ideas, and other resources for teaching MLK Day
MLK Jr. Day/Black History Month (NCSS) lessons and activities for elementary, middle, and high school
Martin Luther King Jr. (National Archives) educational activities and resources surrounding Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr. (Discovery Education) access this by logging in through Clever. Lessons, short and full video, and images of Martin Luther King Jr.
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
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.
National Civil Rights Museum  Look under "Educational Resources"