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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

Extension Activities

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

Extension Activities

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

Extension Activities




Highlights

Teaching Racism & Discrimination in America
The issues of racism, prejudice, and discrimination have plagued the United States since it was founded, and racially motivated killings still occur with frequency today. Help your students understand the historical contexts of racism—with references on slavery, immigration, and the civil rights movement—to frame your conversation on modern instances of prejudice.

Poptropica Teaching Guides
Poptropica is one of the Internet's most popular sites for kids—and now it's available as an app for the iPad! It's not just a place to play games; each of the islands featured on the site provides a learning opportunity. Check out our teaching guides to four of Poptropica's islands: 24 Carrot Island, Time Tangled Island, Mystery Train Island, and Mythology Island.

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.

July Calendar of Events
July is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: Canada Day (7/1), Independence Day (7/4/1776), World Population Day (7/11), Bastille Day in France (7/14), National Ice Cream Day (7/19), First Moon Landing (7/20/1969), World War I Began (7/28/1914), Author J.K. Rowling's Birthday (7/31/1965). Plus, celebrate Read an Almanac Month and Recreation and Parks Month all July long!

Videos
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: Independence Day, slavery & the Civil War, American History, U.S. Presidents, handwashing awareness, the Common Core, women's history, Memorial Day, and the environment. Enjoy!


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