Martin Luther King, Jr. Videos & Activities

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is observed on the third Monday in January. Watch the videos to learn about the life and legacy of Dr. King.

Students Remember King's "I Have a Dream" Speech

Appropriate Grades: K–4

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr's birthday, fourth grade students recited Dr. King's "I Have a Dream Speech" in front of the Lincoln Memorial in 2011.

Source: PBS NewsHour on youtube.com

Length: 5 minutes 36 seconds

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Let Freedom Ring – MLK Rap Song

Appropriate Grades: 5–8

Give students an overview of the civil rights movement with this rap song by Flocabulary. The educational rap incorporates the words of Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech.

Source: Flocabulary on youtube.com

Length: 3 minutes 5 seconds

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History Specials: King Leads the March on Washington

Appropriate Grades: 9-12

Students will learn about racial tensions leading up to the August 28, 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, a turning point in the fight for civil rights. This video highlights part of Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech.

Source: History Channel on youtube.com

Length: 3 minutes 22 seconds

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Celebrate the Festival of Lights in your classroom! Hanukkah begins at sundown December 6.

December Calendar of Events
December is full of events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: World AIDS Day (12/1), International Volunteer Day (12/6), Hanukkah (begins at sundown 12/6), Handwashing Awareness Week (12/6-12), Computer Science Education Week (12/7-13), Human Rights Day (12/10), Winter Solstice (12/22), Christmas (12/25), Kwanzaa (begins 12/26), Visit the Zoo Day (12/27), and New Year's Eve (12/31). Plus, celebrate Bingo's Birthday Month, Universal Human Rights Month, and Write to a Friend Month all December long!

Hour of Code
Introduce your students to basic coding and computer science! Celebrate Computer Science Education Week from December 7-13, 2015 with our Top 5 Free Coding Tools for Kids, Top 5 Free Coding Tools for Teens, or the Hour of Code resources provided by Code.org®

Interested in using different types of media in your classroom? We have a growing collection of videos, with related activities, for holidays and events, including: slavery & the Civil War, American History, U.S. Presidents, handwashing awareness, the Common Core, women's history, Memorial Day, the American Revolution, and the environment. Enjoy!

Teaching with Comics: Galactic Hot Dogs
Reach reluctant readers and English-language learners with comics! Our original teaching guides to the Galactic Hot Dogs comic series (chapters 1-4 and 5-8), as found on Funbrain.com (and now in print!), will take students on a cosmic adventure while engaging their creative minds. Plus, find even more activities for teaching with comics, featuring many other classic stories.