Martin Luther King Jr. Facts Events and Places Scavenger Hunt

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This scavenger hunt activity for elementary and middle school students is perfect for helping your students learn interesting facts about the life of Martin Luther King Jr.. This activity can be assigned as individual or group work and is a perfect extension activity, early finisher project, or supplement to a unit on social studies, civil rights, or American history.

Students will use various research sources to perform a "scavenger hunt" of interesting facts about the key events and places of Dr. King's life. As they find the answers, they will create a slide presentation (digital) or mini-book (printable) documenting their answers. The questions are moderately challenging and require different levels of investigation to find the correct answers. This activity is suitable for grades 3 to 8; tips on differentiation can be found in the teaching instructions.

What's Included:

  • Teaching instructions with notes on research and differentiation for different grade levels;
  • A student worksheet featuring 14 scavenger hunt questions and space to record research notes;
  • A PowerPoint slide template that can be converted to Google Slides, if necessary, plus a printable version of the template for a handout option, if desired;
  • A complete answer key for all 14 questions with additional notes.

Sample Scavenger Hunt Questions:

  • When did Martin Luther King Jr. lead a march of protest from Selma to Montgomery?
  • How long did Martin Luther King Jr. live in the city where he was born? What city was it, and where did he move to next?
  • When and where did Martin Luther King Jr. give his “I Have a Dream” speech?

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Katie Schuknecht


About Katie

Katie Schukencht (B.S., M.A.E.) is an elementary educator and primary reading interventionist. She spent 5 years teaching both grade-level and intervention classes. She has a… Read more

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