Upper Elementary Activities for Martin Luther King Day

We adults, know the significance behind Martin Luther King, Jr. and his legacy.  Below, you will find a collection of read alouds and activities perfect for celebrating the life of Marthin Luther King, Jr with your students.

Before having your students do activities, read a collection of books about MLK to provide them with background knowledge.  These are a few of my favorites:

Picture books about Martin Luther King Jr

Martin’s Big Words:  The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

This biography picture book tells the story of his life by weaving in his immortal words.  The pictures are breathtaking!  Find this book on Amazon HERE.

I am Martin Luther King, Jr. (Ordinary People Change the World)

Find this book on Amazon HERE.

Who Was Martin Luther King, Jr.?

This series of books are a favorite among students.  This book follows MLK from childhood to how his dream still lives on. You can find this book on Amazon HERE.

National Geographic Readers: Martin Luther King, Jr.

Great for small group reading instruction or to place in a center for students to read on their own.  You can find this book on Amazon HERE.

A Picture Book of Martin Luther King, Jr.

This book is an excellent introduction to the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the struggle for Civil Rights in America.  You can find this book on Amazon HERE.


Once students have background knowledge into the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., these activities are perfect for extending their learning.

Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr.

These free activities get students up and talking with classmates, and they also focus on character traits.  You can find this FREEBIE HERE.

I Have… Who has… Martin Luther King, Jr.

With this activity, students practice fluency, vocabulary, and facts about MLK.  Find this I Have… Who Has… HERE.

Outrageously True ~ Martin Luther King, Jr. Edition

Digital and printable games and activities for Martin Luther King Day

Ideal for early finishers these 32 Outrageously True facts about Martin Luther King, Jr. combined with nine choice board activities keeps students learning and on their own!  What’s even better is that ALL activities are provided in two formats; printable and digital.  You can go 100% digital, 100% printable, or a mixture of both.  You can design the look for your own individual classroom!  You can find the MLK fact cards and choice board activities HERE.


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