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With Martin Luther King Day coming next month, I thought it would be fitting to work on a post full of ideas for teaching about him. His birthday is in January, which is why we honor him during that month. It is a great topic to study for history during the month of January. And, black history month is in February, which is another great time to learn about him!
I created a printable set with teaching ideas for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day that includes:
- The text of the “I Have a Dream” speech
- A timeline of his life for kids to fill in
- Printable memorization cards for different parts of the speech
- A writing prompt for kids to write their own dreams
Watch his famous I Have A Dream Speech here:
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Kids Books on Martin Luther King, Jr.
Who Was Martin Luther King Jr.? (chapter book ages 8-12)
A Picture Book of Martin Luther King, Jr. by David Adler (ages 6-9)
My First Biography: Martin Luther King, Jr. By Marion Dane Bauer (ages 4-8)
Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Doreen Rappaport (audio file)
Martin Luther King, Jr. (Time for Kids) (ages 5-10)
Martin Luther King Jr. Day (ages 4-6)
The Story of Martin Luther King Jr. by Johnny Rae More (ages 2-4)
Martin’s Dream by Jane Kurtz (ages 4-6)
A Sweet Smell of Roses by Angela Johnson (ages 5-8)
We March by Shane Evans (ages 4-8)
March by John Lewis (12+)
Belle, The Last Mule at Gee’s Band by Calvin Alexander Ramsey (ages 5-8)
This is part of the iHomeschool Network’s Famous Birthdays Series. See more Famous January Birthdays!