8 Printout Activities for Martin Luther King Day

Martin Luther King, Jr. Printables
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Who Was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.?

Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Baptist minister and a civil rights activist. He was born on January 15, 1929 and given the name Michael King, Jr. His father, Michael King Sr. later changed his name to Martin Luther King in honor of the Protestant religious leader. Martin Luther King, Jr. would later choose to do the same.

In 1953, King married Coretta Scott and together they had four children. Martin Luther King, Jr. earned a doctorate in systematic theology from Boston University in 1955.

In the late 1950's, King became a leader in the civil rights movement working to end segregation. On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his famous, "I Have a Dream" speech to more than 200,000 people at the March on Washington.

King advocated non-violent protests and shared his belief and hope that all people could be treated as equals. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. Tragically, Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968.

In 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed a bill designating the third Monday in January as Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a federal holiday honoring Dr. King. Many people celebrate the holiday by volunteering in their communities as a way of honoring Dr. King by giving back. 

If you want to honor Dr. King on this holiday too, a few ideas could be to serve in your community, read a biography about Dr. King, choose one of his speeches or a quote and write about what it means to you, or create a timeline of the important events in his life.

If you are a teacher who wants to share Martin Luther King, Jr's legacy with your young students, the following printouts can be helpful.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Vocabulary

Print the pdf: Martin Luther King, Jr. Vocabulary Sheet

This activity will introduce students to Martin Luther King, Jr. Students will use a dictionary or the Internet to define words related to Dr. King. They will write each word on the line next to its correct definition.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Wordsearch

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Students can use this activity to review the terms associated with Martin Luther King, Jr. Each word from the word bank can be found among the jumbled letters in the word search.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Crossword Puzzle

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In this activity, students will review the definitions of the Martin Luther King, Jr. related words in the word bank. They will use the clues provided to fill in the puzzle with the correct terms.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Challenge

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Challenge your students to see how much they remember about the facts they've learned about Martin Luther King, Jr. For each clue, students will circle the correct word from the multiple choice options.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Alphabet Activity

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Use this activity to help your children practice alphabetizing words. Each word is associated with Martin Luther King, Jr., providing another review opportunity as students place each term in correct alphabetical order.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Draw and Write

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In this activity, students will practice their handwriting, composition, and drawing skills. First, students will draw a picture relating to something they've learned about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Then, on the blank lines, they can write about their drawing. 

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Coloring Page

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Print this page for your students to color while you brainstorm ways to honor Dr. King on the 3rd Monday of January. You can also use it as a quiet activity while you read aloud a biography of the civil rights leader.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Speech Coloring Page

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Martin Luther King, Jr. was an eloquent, persuasive speaker whose words advocated non-violence and unity. Color this page after you read some of his speeches or while listening to a recording of them.

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