Little Miss Teacher Blog

By Clara Fiorentini

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Martin Luther King Day 2020

This year Martin Luther King Day takes place on Monday 20th January 2020.
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. Funnily enough, I see it is listed as a topic in my little boy's creche this month too - we're never too young to explore diversity and inclusion. Regardless of the age group, 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". This brilliant display is from 6th Grade Tales. Download my FREE instagram template to get a head start on this activity. 

My class has recently been deeply involved in studying Martin Luther King, Jr.  My students have spent a great deal of time creating videos...:

For more ideas on how to use Instagram as a writing prompt, see my blog post on INSTAGRAM POSTS IN THE CLASSROOM.


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 FREE TO DOWNLOAD - 10 resources, enough for at least a fortnight of project work on MLK.

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


Don't forget. Martin Luther King's powerful speeches are one of the most brilliant examples of expositions - useful if you're doing work on the genre of expositions for literacy.

What's an exposition again?!
An exposition is the critical evaluation of ideas involving argument, persuasion, or debate.
The purpose of an exposition is to develop an idea and supporting details in order to present a logical argument from a particular point of view.
The main focus of expositions is logical reasoning.

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

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