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Today is Martin Luther King, Jr Day, a Federal holiday celebrated annually on the third Monday in January. It was initially to be celebrated on Dr. King’s birthday, but since his actual birthday is January 15, the date we recognize it was set by the Uniform Monday Holiday Act (yes, really, Congress took the time to legally decide that…).
Anyway, while some people take the day off, others will continue to “do school”, and still others will take the time to add something fun or creative to the mix!
For those of you who might want to take a break from the regular scope and sequence, here are a few short and simple studies that you can use to teach your kids about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luther King, Jr Learning Resources
These are resources we’ve used in our own home…
- from TechieHomeschoolMom – In this day and age, I’m a firm believer in incorporating technology with our children’s education. And Beth, aka the “Techie Homeschool Mom,” is a woman after my own heart! Her Online Unit Studies are varied, comfortably-priced and very well done. Our family discovered her last year at this same time…with this very same Unit Study!
Here she’s combined images and words to create this beautiful visual list of inspirational quotes from Dr. King, related to the above study…
- from The History Channel – Always a quality resource, this article on Dr. King is accompanied by great photos and links for further learning. Definitely watch the interesting video at the beginning…and learn some little-known facts about his “I Have a Dream” speech!
- from History.com – Whether or not you’re able to watch the documentary this comes from (I couldn’t find a link to it…) this study guide, a downloadable PDF is chock full of educational content, resources, and excellent discussion questions.
- from currclick – This unit study on MLK Jr is currently on sale (as of this publication date), but it’s also available at a great everyday price! Downloadable and instant access, too, just in case you decide to use it at the last minute (which may or may not happen for me from time to time…). Take a look at the grade ranges and lesson plans included!
And finally, not to overwhelm you or anything…
I’m including two Pins here that will definitely help you find something to add both a touch of fun and learning to your holiday Monday 🙂
This post will be updated to stay current with new resources as they become available. Pin it for your future reference!