In the United States of America, we honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. each year on the third Monday of January. Each year, this presents homeschoolers a wonderful opportunity to study the life of this famous American.
Thankfully, the internet is alive and well free resources we can use in our unit studies to study the time period in which Dr. King lived, as well as his life.
Browse through this BIG list of printable resources, choose a few books to read from the list of suggestions, and you’ve got a wonderful unit study for your own homeschool!
Martin Luther King, Jr. Homeschool Resources
Unit Studies and Facts & Information
Martin Luther King Unit Study – List of questions to ponder, printables to download; available as a pdf for email subscribers
Martin Luther King, Jr. Facts – National Geographic KIDS – includes different photos of MLK’s life and facts about those pictures
‘I Have a Dream’ Speech – Full text of Dr. King’s famous speech
MLK Research Institute at Stanford University – Explore Dr. King’s speeches, documents he wrote, and more; fascinating!
Encyclopedia Entry for Dr. King – Entire encyclopedia reference on Dr. King via Encyclopedia.com
Printables and Worksheets
Martin Luther King, Jr. Notebooking Pages – includes a fact sheet, notebooking pages, and 2 mini-books
Martin Luther King Worksheets for 2nd and 3rd Grades – includes cut & paste definitions, fact sheet to complete, question and answer section, fill-in-the-blank, and more!
Martin Luther King, Jr. Writing Pages – Blank writing pages, with and without sections for drawing an illustration
Martin Luther King, Jr. Printables – Puzzles, copywork, coloring pages, cryptogram puzzles
Free Martin Luther King Bookmarks – Free resources from Teachers Pay Teachers
Free Martin Luther King Printable Packet for Pre-K and K – Includes handwriting, skip counting, number mazes, word searches, and more!
MLK Cursive Worksheets – Quotes featuring Dr. King
Martin Luther King Word Search – Word Search for 2nd Grade and up
Martin Luther King Jr, Free Emergent Reader – Access on TPT; available in black & white and colored version
MLK Jr Free Writing Prompts – Spaces to write and illustrate
“I Have a Dream” Writing Prompt – For 1st-2nd Grade and up
Martin Luther King, Jr. Literacy Pack – For 1st-4th Grades; includes manuscript and cursive tracing, a characteristics organizer, and a report prompt
Free Martin Luther King, Jr. Copywork – includes 5 quotes
Martin Luther King Coloring Pages – includes 4 different coloring pages
Free Martin Luther King, Jr. Flip Book – Access on TPT; free printable flip book with facts about Dr. King’s life
“I Have a Dream” Printable – Space for writing and illustrating
Hands-On Activities and Crafts
Martin Luther King, Jr. Toilet Paper Roll Craft – Simple and easy! Just add an empty toilet paper roll
MLK Cookies – Use a “person” cookie cutter and follow her instructions for icing various shades – super fun!
Fingerprint Peace Dove – Neat activity for a family or co-op!
MLK Handprint Activity – Simple, easy craft with a memorable message
Dove Garland – Made out of coffee filters – so neat! Template provided
Peace Flower Handprint Craft – Kids love handprint crafts!
Peace Wreath – Another beautiful handprint craft
How Would You Change the World? Activity – Prompts for each step of the activity, using easy materials you already have
Teaching Diversity Activity – Use simple eggs to teach how all people are the same on the inside; an excellent visual!
MLK Inspired Handprint Activity – Various shades of construction paper hands on a textured background
Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Day – Includes bag activity, egg activity, and bulletin board
MLK Dream Activity – Children brainstorm dreams and add to this hands-on craft
MLK Printable Handprint Activity – Download the template, print, and assemble
Freedom Bell Craft – Easy bell craft made from a styrofoam cup
Talking About Diversity Using Playdough – Excellent strategy to explain diversity to young children
List of MLK Rhymes and Songs for Circle Time – Neat songs and rhymes for preschoolers
Who Was Martin Luther King? Kids Lunch – Create an MLK inspired lunch for your children
Dove Handprint Craft – An easy peace craft
‘I Have a Dream’ Handprint Craft – Easy instructions and includes an easy song at the end of the post
These books are available on Amazon. They may also be available at your local library.
Martin Luther King, Jr – History.com’s detailed information on MLK, Jr.
‘I Have a Dream Speech’ – Powerful! A must-watch
MLK Biography – Short 5 minute video from Biography.com
The March on Washington Documentary – Short documentary on The March on Washington; first-hand accounts
The Man Who Changed America – 2 minute biographical video from Scholastic
Martin Luther King, Jr. – 5 minute video on MLK and why we have a national holiday in his honor
MLK’s Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech – Dr. King’s official acceptance speech of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964; 12 minutes
Martin Luther King, Jr. – Short free video from BrainPop
Here is a growing selection of Free Themed Homeschool Unit Study Resources!