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 with a wonderful opportunity to study the life of this famous American.
Thankfully, there are so many free resources we can use in our unit studies to study the time period in which Dr. King lived, as well as his life and accomplishments.
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!
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 from The Homeschool Mom.
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!
Printables and Worksheets
Martin Luther King Worksheets for 2nd and 3rd Grades includes cut & paste definitions, a fact sheet to complete, a question and answer section, a fill-in-the-blank, and more from Mama’s Learning Corner.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Writing Pages includes Blank writing pages, with and without sections for drawing an illustration from Mama’s Learning Corner.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Printables You’ll find Puzzles, copywork, coloring pages, cryptogram puzzles from In All You Do.
Free Martin Luther King Bookmarks Free resources from Teachers Pay Teachers.
Free Martin Luther King Printable Packet for Pre-K and KIncludes handwriting, skip counting, number mazes, word searches, and more from Blessed Beyond a Doubt.
MLK Famous Quotes Quotes featuring Dr. King to practice cursive handwriting from 3 Boys and a Dog.
Martin Luther King Word Search Word Search for 2nd Grade and up from Jinxy Kids.
Martin Luther King Jr, Free Emergent Reader Access on Teachers Pay Teachers; available in both black & white and color
“I Have a Dream” Writing Prompt For 1st-2nd Grade and up from Write Shop.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Literacy Pack For 1st-4th Grades; includes manuscript and cursive tracing, a characteristics organizer, and a report prompt from Meet Penny.
Free Martin Luther King, Jr. Copywork includes 5 quotes to copy from Homegrown Learners.
Martin Luther King Day Coloring Page includes 4 different coloring pages from Sight and Sound Reading.
Free Martin Luther King, Jr. Flip Book Access on Teachers Pay Teachers; free printable flip book with facts about Dr. King’s life.
Hands-On Activities and Crafts
Martin Luther King, Jr. Toilet Paper Roll Craft – Simple and easy activity from DLTK-Kids! Just add an empty toilet paper roll!
MLK Inspired Cookies – Use a “person” cookie cutter and follow Mama Jenn’s instructions for icing – super fun!
Fingerprint Peace Dove – Neat activity for a family or co-op!
MLK Handprint Activity – Simple, easy craft with a memorable message from Mama Jenn!
Dove Garland – Made out of coffee filters – so neat! Template provided by Inner Child Fun.
Peace Flower Handprint Craft – Kids love handprint crafts! Check out this idea from Artists Helping Children.
Peace Wreath – Another beautiful handprint craft idea from Supply Me.
How Would You Change the World? Activity – Prompts for each step of the activity, using easy materials you already have from No Time for Flashcards.
Teaching Diversity Activity – Use simple eggs to teach how all people are the same on the inside; an excellent visual from Kids Activities Blog.
MLK Inspired Handprint Activity – Various shades of construction paper hands on a textured background from Art Paper Scissors.
Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Day – Includes bag activity, egg activity, and bulletin board from Pre-K Pages.
MLK Dream Activity – Children brainstorm dreams and add to this hands-on craft from Teach Preschool.
MLK Printable Handprint Activity – Download the template, print, and assemble the activity from Free Kids Crafts.
Freedom Bell Craft – Easy bell craft made from a styrofoam cup. Check it out on Twiggle Magazine.
Talking About Diversity Using Playdough – Excellent strategy to explain diversity to young children from Bon Bon Break.
List of MLK Rhymes and Songs for Circle Time – Neat songs and rhymes for preschoolers from Living Montessori Now.
Who Was Martin Luther King? Kids Lunch – Create an MLK inspired lunch for your children. Ideas from JDaniel4s Mom.
Dove Handprint Craft – An easy peace craft from Sippy Cup Central Mom.
‘I Have a Dream’ Handprint Craft – Easy instructions and includes an easy song at the end of the post on The Seed Network.
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
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