Martin Luther King, Jr Printables & Activities Round Up

After finding the book Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King, Jr at a thrift store in November, I decided that this would be one of the books that we “row” in January. This book is not in the Five In A Row manuals so I had to brainstorm and search the web for activities and lessons that we might use during our row.

And what kind of friend would I be, if I didn’t share with you, all of the great free resources that I found!

Martin Luther King, Jr.

{This post contains affiliate links} Education has some great word search puzzles, crossword puzzles, vocabulary worksheets, and more for older students.

There are several coloring pages and worksheets for preschool to fourth-grade students at

Annette over at In All You Do has 4 sets of printables, including crossword puzzles, copy work, coloring pages, and more for Pre-K to 5th grade.

Mique over at Thirty Hand Made Days has a great writing prompt printable with a place to draw a picture too.

These M is for Martin Luther King, Jr printables and activity ideas from Preschool Daze are great for your preschoolers. Also, check out these beautiful paintings!

This Martin Luther King Jr handprint poem craft is for preschool to kindergarten but could easily be adapted for older students by letting them write the poem on a white piece of paper that has been cut in the shape of speech cloud.

This Multicultural Paper Dolls activity from No Time for Flash Cards is great for teaching diversity.

Here is the text of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s “I have a dream” speech. You can use these worksheet generators to make your own copy work worksheets from parts of Martin Luther King, Jr’s speech.

Here is a list of books that you can find at your local library that could go along with your Martin Luther King Jr. studies:

The Colors of Us

The Color of Us

Seven-year-old Lena is going to paint a picture of herself. She wants to use brown paint for her skin. But when she and her mother take a walk through the neighborhood, Lena learns that brown comes in many different shades. ~from Amazon

Whoever You Are

Whoever You Are

“Little one, / whoever you are, / wherever you are, / there are little ones / just like you / all over the world.” So begins the Australian author Mem Fox’s joyful picture book Whoever You Are, a celebration of the world’s diverse cultures, both our similarities and differences. ~from Amazon

Child of the Civil Rights MovementChild of the Civil Rights Movement

In this Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Book of the Year, Paula Young Shelton, daughter of Civil Rights activist Andrew Young, brings a child’s unique perspective to an important chapter in America’s history. Paula grew up in the deep south, in a world where whites had and blacks did not. With an activist father and a community of leaders surrounding her, including Uncle Martin (Martin Luther King), Paula watched and listened to the struggles, eventually joining with her family—and thousands of others—in the historic march from Selma to Montgomery. ~from Amazon

The Other SideThe Other Side

Clover’s mom says it isn’t safe to cross the fence that segregates their African-American side of town from the white side where Anna lives. But the two girls strike up a friendship and get around the grown-ups’ rules by sitting on top of the fence together. ~from Amazon



I hope that you find these free printables, activities, crafts, and book suggestions helpful as you plan a Martin Luther King, Jr. Unit Study for your homeschool!



This online unit study would also make a great addition to your lessons.

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