Enjoy working through this mini Unit Study in your own homeschool. This small study is geared towards 2nd and 3rd graders who are (mostly) independent readers. Of course the books, videos, and some of the websites could be used with younger children with an ample amount of mom’s help.
This study includes book suggestions, You Tube videos of King’s speeches, websites with pertinent historical data related to King and his family, and (of course) a section of Activity Pages.
Book Suggestions for Martin Luther King, Jr.
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I personally previewed/read each of the books listed below:
March On! The Day My Brother Martin Changed the World by Christine King Farris – our favorite book on Dr. King! Truly captivating for little readers (and mamas)
Martin Luther King, Jr. and the March on Washington by Frances E. Ruffin – great for early readers
Martin Luther King, Jr. by Amy Pastan – variety of interesting photographs, but definitely for more advanced readers
Who Was Martin Luther King, Jr.? by Bonnie Bader – we love this series of books and this one was no exception. Great for moderate readers.
Meet Martin Luther King, Jr. by Johnny Ray Moore – better for earlier readers. Information provided in a simple, easy-to-understand method.
I Have a Dream by Kerry A. Graves – excellent time line of events presented in a way young students can understand
I’ve Seen the Promised Land by Walter Dean Myers – for moderate readers
Martin Luther King, Jr. Worksheets & Printables
These unit study worksheets are geared towards 2nd-3rd graders. In this free 9-page packet, you’ll find:
- Cut & Paste definitions related to civil rights and Dr. King
- Fact Sheet with true/false
- Question & Answer section
- ABC Order
- Fill-in-the-blank with simple answers
- Adjective Brainstorm
- “I Have a Dream” writing prompt
- Notebooking Page – one page in elementary lines and one in plain lines
Other Online Resources for Martin Luther King, Jr.
The King Center – The official Center created by Coretta Scott King in 1968 to further King’s cause. Also look at thousands of documents related to Martin Luther King, including speeches, telegrams, scribbled notes, and more.
The National Park’s Service Historic Site for ML King, Jr. – Includes park services offered and hours of operation; doesn’t include a lot of historical information
National Geographic Kids – Contains photo gallery with pertinent facts
Encyclopedia Brittanica – Details of MLK’s life
Brainpop.com – Video for kids detailing the life of King
LSU Library – Detailed timeline of MLK’s life. More helpful for teacher/mom than student.
Ducksters – Quick FAQ of King’s life
DLTK-Kids.com – Martin Luther King, Jr. craft (uses toilet paper roll)
Apples 4 the Teacher – Online jigsaw puzzle of King; contains easy-medium-hard levels
Enchanted Learning – MLK coloring page
Nobel Prize.org – Video of King’s acceptance speech upon presentation of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.
Videos of Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech:
An excerpt from Martin Luther King’s last speech “I Have Been to the Mountaintop.”
Martin Luther King, Jr. Pinterest Board
For those of you who love Pinterest as I do, follow along with my Martin Luther King, Jr. Pinterest Board! It includes several crafts and even more learning resources.
Browse other history worksheets and mini unit studies available at Mama’s Learning Corner.
Regarding photos in this printable set and this blog post: All black & white photos are Free Public Domain images courtesy of Library of Congress.
Colored MLK Statue photo on pg. 6 of packet: The George F. Landegger Collection of Alabama Photographs in Carol M. Highsmith’s America, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.