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January 16th is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. In honor of this day I am bringing you resources to use with your children, to learn about and appreciate the work of this great man.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is always celebrated on the third Monday of January, which is close to his birthday, January 15, 1929, when he was born in Atlanta, Georgia.
President Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983, and it was first observed three years later. At first, some states resisted observing the holiday. It was officially observed in all 50 states for the first time in 2000.
Martin Luther King Jr – The Man and the Dream
“Biography of Martin Luther King Jr. – The Man and the Dream explores the life of Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. In December 1955, after Montgomery civil rights activist Rosa Parks refused to obey the city’s policy mandating segregation on buses, black residents launched a bus boycott and elected King president of the newly formed Montgomery Improvement Association, gaining him national prominence.
In 1963, he led a group of unarmed black demonstrators who were attacked by police with dogs and fire hoses which generated newspaper headlines throughout the world. Subsequent mass demonstrations in many communities culminated in a march on August 28, 1963, attracting more than 250,000 protesters to Washington, D.C. Addressing the marchers from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, King delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” oration. During the year following the march, King’s renown as a nonviolent leader grew, and, in 1964, he received the Nobel Peace Prize before being assassinated on 4th April 1968.”
Lapbooks, Unit Studies, and Notebooking Pages:
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Lapbook – Heart of Wisdom
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Lapbook – Homeschool Helper Online
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Unit Study – The Homeschool Mom
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Unit Study and Free Printables – In All You Do
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Mini Unit – First Grade W.O.W.
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Free Unit – Teachers Pay Teachers
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Notebooking Pages and 2 mini-books – The Notebooking Nook
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Notebooking Pages – NotebookingPages
- Fingerprint Peace Dove Craft – BC Kids Art
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Poem Craft for Toddlers and Preschoolers – Preschool Daze
- Peace Wreath – MPM Ideas
- How Would you Change the World – No Time for Flashcards
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Art from Teaching with Style
- Crafts for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – Inner Child Fun
Writing Activities and Worksheets:
- 61 Writing Prompts to honor Martin Luther King, Jr. – Journal Buddies
- Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech video writing prompts – Teach Hub, here’s the video
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Timeline Cut and Paste Freebie – Teachers Pay Teachers
- Learn to Read and Write worksheets – Apples & ABC’s
- Word Search – Lucky to be in First
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Writing Paper Freebie – Kinder Alphabet
- Free Author’s Purpose Practice Paragraphs – Teachers Pay Teachers
- Many Poems to choose from for Copywork/Memorization – Pinterest
- A Variety of Book Report Forms – Pinterest
- Love in Hand Cookies – Gourmet Mom on the Go
- Honor Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with these recipes – Socialmoms
- Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Favorite Recipes – Five Star Home Foods