Classroom printables, activities & worksheets

MLK Day

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was an American minister, author, speaker, activist, and Nobel Peace Prize winner who became a prominent figure in the civil rights movement of the 1950s and ’60s. Today, we honor his legacy every third Monday in January by remembering his messages of peace and equality through acts of service to others. This collection of teaching resources celebrates the legacy of Dr. King through writing activities, reading exercises, crafts, worksheets, and more, all filled with essential vocabulary and imagery to ignite inspiration in your students.

32 of 40 teaching resources for those 'aha' moments
  • Go to Martin Luther King, Jr. Mini Book teaching resource

    teaching resource

    Martin Luther King, Jr. Mini Book

    Learn about Martin Luther King, Jr. with a printable book for kindergarten and first-grade students.

    Teach Starter Publishing 4 pages Grades: K - 2
  • Go to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Sentence Worksheet teaching resource

    teaching resource

    Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Sentence Worksheet

    Build, read, and write sentences about Martin Luther King, Jr. with a cut-and-paste sentence building worksheet.

    Teach Starter Publishing 2 pages Grades: K - 1
  • Go to Biography Cube teaching resource

    teaching resource

    Biography Cube

    Research and create an interactive biography for a historical figure.

    Teach Starter Publishing 2 pages Grades: 1 - 6
  • Go to 'All About ...' - Informational Text Template teaching resource

    teaching resource

    'All About ...' - Informational Text Template

    Practice informative writing with this versatile template.

    Teach Starter Publishing 1 page Grades: 2 - 5
  • Go to Diversity is our Strength Poster teaching resource

    teaching resource

    Diversity is our Strength Poster

    Celebrate cultural diversity in your classroom with this customizable poster.

    Teach Starter Publishing 1 page Grades: K - 6
  • Free
    Go to Diversity Craft Templates teaching resource

    teaching resource

    Diversity Craft Templates

    Prepare for your diversity-themed lessons and more with 3 versatile black and white craft templates.

    Teach Starter Publishing 1 page Grades: PK - 6
  • Go to Biography Brochure Template teaching resource

    teaching resource

    Biography Brochure Template

    Help your students organize their thoughts about their biography subject.

    Teach Starter Publishing 2 pages Grades: 3 - 6
  • Go to Biography Flipbook Template teaching resource

    teaching resource

    Biography Flipbook Template

    Create a flipbook that clearly illustrates the most significant aspects of a biography subject.

    Teach Starter Publishing 9 pages Grades: 2 - 6
  • Go to A Historic Movement – Teaching Presentation teaching resource

    teaching resource

    A Historic Movement – Teaching Presentation

    Introduce students to the people and events of the American civil rights movement with this 17-slide PowerPoint presentation.

    Teach Starter Publishing 17 pages Grades: 3 - 6
  • Go to I Have a Dream - Speech Analysis Activity teaching resource

    teaching resource

    I Have a Dream - Speech Analysis Activity

    Review MLK's "I Have a Dream" speech text and explore the metaphors he used to convey his message through the accompanying questions.

    Teach Starter Publishing 1 page Grades: 4 - 6
  • Go to MLK Day Word Search teaching resource

    teaching resource

    MLK Day Word Search

    Identify the words and works of Martin Luther King Jr. in our MLK Word Search.

    Teach Starter Publishing 2 pages Grades: 2 - 6
  • Go to I See My Dream Future teaching resource

    teaching resource

    I See My Dream Future

    Encourage students to “reflect” on their dream future and draw it in their sunglasses. 

    Teach Starter Publishing 1 page Grades: 1 - 6
  • Free
    Go to Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Fakebook Worksheet teaching resource

    teaching resource

    Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Fakebook Worksheet

    Design a social media profile for civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr. in this creative writing activity.

    Teach Starter Publishing 1 page Grades: 3 - 6
  • Go to If I Met MLK teaching resource

    teaching resource

    If I Met MLK

    Describe your ideal meeting with civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. in this reflective MLK writing activity.

    Teach Starter Publishing 1 page Grades: 2 - 6
  • Go to MLK Character Traits Graphic Organizer teaching resource

    teaching resource

    MLK Character Traits Graphic Organizer

    Use our graphic organizer with your students when studying Martin Luther King, Jr.’s notable mental and moral qualities.  

    Teach Starter Publishing 1 page Grades: 2 - 5
  • Go to MLK Day Crossword teaching resource

    teaching resource

    MLK Day Crossword

    Identify and write vocabulary words relating to civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. in our MLK crossword puzzle.

    Teach Starter Publishing 2 pages Grades: 3 - 6
  • Go to Martin Luther King, Jr. Timeline teaching resource

    teaching resource

    Martin Luther King, Jr. Timeline

    Craft an illustrated timeline for students to visually explore the major events in Martin Luther King, Jr.'s life.

    Teach Starter Publishing 14 pages Grades: 2 - 6
  • Go to "I Have a Dream" Writing Prompt Page teaching resource

    teaching resource

    "I Have a Dream" Writing Prompt Page

    Observe MLK Day by encouraging students to think about their “dream” for the future by writing it as a speech.

    Teach Starter Publishing 1 page Grades: 2 - 6
  • Go to MLK Day Sentence Starters teaching resource

    teaching resource

    MLK Day Sentence Starters

    Reflect on the concepts explored near Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with these 15 sentence starter cards.

    Teach Starter Publishing 5 pages Grades: 1 - 6
  • Go to Read Along Pocket Chart Cards - Martin Luther King, Jr. teaching resource

    teaching resource

    Read Along Pocket Chart Cards - Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Use this set of 12 MLK text and image pocket chart cards for reading and sight word practice.

    Teach Starter Publishing 6 pages Grades: K - 1
  • Go to My Little MLK Activity Book teaching resource

    teaching resource

    My Little MLK Activity Book

    Start your lessons about Martin Luther King, Jr. through 5 mini activities for primary students.

    Teach Starter Publishing 1 page Grades: K - 1
  • Go to MLK Day Word Wall Vocabulary Cards teaching resource

    teaching resource

    MLK Day Word Wall Vocabulary Cards

    Use this set of 40 vocabulary words related to MLK Day and civil rights to broaden your students’ language.

    Teach Starter Publishing 1 page Grades: 1 - 6 Customizable
  • Go to Martin Luther King, Jr. - Comprehension Task teaching resource

    teaching resource

    Martin Luther King, Jr. - Comprehension Task

    Apply a range of reading comprehension strategies to learn about Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Teach Starter Publishing 3 pages Grades: 3 - 5
  • Free
    Go to 'I Have a Dream' Mobile teaching resource

    teaching resource

    'I Have a Dream' Mobile

    Celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. with this ‘I Have a Dream’ craft. 

    Teach Starter Publishing 3 pages Grades: K - 5
  • Go to MLK Cut and Color Worksheet teaching resource

    teaching resource

    MLK Cut and Color Worksheet

    Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. and the ideals he fought for with this cut and color MLK worksheet for early elementary students.

    Teach Starter Publishing 1 page Grades: PK - 1
  • Go to Who Is Martin Luther King, Jr? - Shared Reading and Activity teaching resource

    teaching resource

    Who Is Martin Luther King, Jr? - Shared Reading and Activity

    Use this 13-slide PowerPoint as a collaborative reading exercise about Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Teach Starter Publishing 13 pages Grades: K - 2
  • Go to MLK Day Vocabulary Activity teaching resource

    teaching resource

    MLK Day Vocabulary Activity

    Build dictionary and vocabulary skills by identifying the meanings of words related to Martin Luther King, Jr. and civil rights.

    Teach Starter Publishing 4 pages Grades: 3 - 6
  • Go to MLK Day Task Cards teaching resource

    teaching resource

    MLK Day Task Cards

    Challenge students to think about the work of Martin Luther King, Jr. with this set of 13 writing task cards.

    Teach Starter Publishing 4 pages Grades: 3 - 6
  • Go to Acts of Service Worksheet teaching resource

    teaching resource

    Acts of Service Worksheet

    Honor the vision of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with 36 acts of service and kindness students can do in January.

    Teach Starter Publishing 1 page Grades: K - 6
  • Go to My Nobel Peace Prize – Lower Grades teaching resource

    teaching resource

    My Nobel Peace Prize – Lower Grades

    Encourage students to think about how they could make the world a better place with our Nobel Peace Prize drawing template.

    Teach Starter Publishing 1 page Grades: PK - 2
  • Go to My Nobel Peace Prize – Upper Grades teaching resource

    teaching resource

    My Nobel Peace Prize – Upper Grades

    Encourage students to think about how they could make the world a better place with our Nobel Peace Prize writing template.

    Teach Starter Publishing 1 page Grades: 3 - 6
  • Go to 'Everyone Belongs' Vocabulary Flip-book teaching resource

    teaching resource

    'Everyone Belongs' Vocabulary Flip-book

    Define and discuss vocabulary words associated with diversity and equality using this flip-book writing activity.

    Teach Starter Publishing 4 pages Grades: 1 - 6