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By Clara Fiorentini

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Martin Luther King Day 2019

This year Martin Luther King Day takes place on Monday 21st January 2019.
As many of you will already know Martin Luther King day is celebrated every year on the third Monday of January - which is generally close to his birthday, January 15th.

Martin Luther King falls into the History books usually for 5th/6th class but is an extremely interesting character from history for children in other class groups to learn about too and obviously secondary school too. It's a topic leads to great opportunities for writing, discussion, projects, stories, artwork - through all subjects - as I'm always saying, endless possibilities!

Use old magazines to create a meaningful MLK project. Students find and build words and phrases that represent MLK and the man that he was. See more examples and a how-to at Funky in Fourth.:

I love these silhouette word collages made with magazine cuttings. Image from Pinterest.

The Best Martin Luther King Jr. Crafts for Kids | Carrots Are Orange could even use when you talk about "all about me" and several other themes:

Diversity experiment. Image from Pinterest.

~Joy in the Journey~: Martin Luther King Quotes & Activities:

A nice activity "Inside the Head of a Future Leader" from Joy in the Journey.

The Bubbly Blonde: The Crayon Box That Talked Freebie Writing Papers:

The Crayon Box, a fabulous, thought-provoking poem. This image is from The Bubbly Blonde Teacher.

Martin Luther King Day  Apex Elementary Art:

I love Pop Art and this Martin Luther King Jr. themed piece is fabulous. Found this on Apex Elementary Art

And how relevant is this? "If Martin Luther King Jr. had Instagram". Brilliant display from 6th Grade Tales
My class has recently been deeply involved in studying Martin Luther King, Jr.  My students have spent a great deal of time creating videos...:


Looking for some ready to go resources for teaching a topic on Martin Luther King Jr. ?

My own Martin Luther King Bumper Resource Pack is on offer this week on for anyone who's looking for a handy, ready made pack for the theme - 10 resources, enough for at least a fortnight of project work on MLK.

As always, Twinkl have a great array of Martin Luther King Resources for download.

There's Pinterest board on Martin Luther King Teacher Ideas on my Pinterest page for more inspiration.

Also, don't forget Martin Luther King's powerful speeches. My last few 6th class groups LOVED listening to his "I have a Dream" speech.

Loads of scope for lots of lovely cross-curricular learning!

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