19 January 2009

Martin Luther King, Jr.: Activities

Social Studies:

Look on a map for places significant in MLK's life such as Atlanta, Georgia.

Compare and contrast the childhood of MLK and that of children today.

Watch MLK give his famous "I Have a Dream" speech on Youtube.com.


Make a timeline of MLK's life. Use increments of 5s on the timeline to teach counting by fives. Practice ordering numbers (focus on the last two digits of the years) by placing significant events on the timeline.

MLK's "I Have a Dream" speech refers to a check marked "insufficient funds." Practice math skills by playing store, making pretend purchases and making sure there is enough money.

Figure out a way to treat everyone equally by passing out cheerios or other objects fairly among everyone in a group (of siblings or stuffed animals!) and introduce simple division.

Language Arts:

MLK's "I Have a Dream" speech is full of figurative language. Introduce the concept of word pictures by having student(s) make sentences following this pattern: The _____ is like a ______.

Write your own "I Have a Dream" essay/sentence.


Experiment with mixing different colors of paint together to see the results.

Social Studies/Art:

Make a paper quilt of significant African-Americans in history that may have inspired MLK. We used the pictures from this mini-book to make our quilt. Look for pictures of the finished product later in the week!

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