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Martin Luther King Jr. Day Homeschool Activities

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Homeschool Activities
Martin Luther King School Unit

With Martin Luther King Jr. Day fast approaching, I decided to offer a couple of ideas for a unit study for students. Since we like to keep it fairly simple around these parts as I am homeschooling a set of three-year olds and a five-year old, the activities will be super easy to build on.

Here we go:

Lessons In Segregation:

1.  If you  have several boxes of crayons, separate them all by color –

Black with black, red with red, orange with orange and so on. Explain to the children that none of the crayons are able to play with any of the other crayons. Ask them if they think that it is fair.

2. Brown Egg/White Egg

If you are able to purchase brown eggs and white eggs ahead of the game, you can participate this way as well.

Have the children explain the characteristics of the eggs. Color, shape, etc. Ask them if they think that the eggs have the same thing inside? Let them know that back in the days that Martin Luther King lived, brown eggs wouldn’t have been able to go places that white eggs could, and vice versa. Ask if they think that is fair.


Martin Luther King

This is a great printable set from Differentiation Station Creations, and is currently free! Just click the photo to be taken to the site.


Brain Pop Jr. has a video that can be streamed for free on their site as well. I find it goes over well with the ladybug.


As always, check out your local library for current child friendly favorites, and titles that you may have never thought to use:

Some of our favorites are:

Martin Kadir

I Have A Dream by Kadir Nelson  – wonderful artwork as usual!


The Story of Martin Luther King Jr. by Johnny Ray Moore

King David Adler

A Picture Book of Martin Luther King Jr. by David Adler


My Uncle Martin’s Words for America by Angela Farris Watkins Ph.D

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Martin’s Big Words by Doreen Rappaport

So, how will you be celebrating the life of Dr. King? A day of service? Let me know in the comments below!

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Ginny Marie

Sunday 8th of January 2017

I love the brown/white egg idea! What a great visual illustration for little ones! (And big ones, too!)

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Thanks so much for sharing my freebie! It is a forever freebie :) Love your blog and ideas. Laura Differentiation Station Creations

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