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Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.

Relevant and engaging activities to cultivate curiosity, creativity, and critical thinking as we honor a Civil Rights hero!

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Getting Started

Martin Luther King, Jr. was a giant of the Civil Rights movement. He made the world a better place by standing up for what was right, and working to make a more just society. Celebrate this American hero with five creative, thought-provoking lessons on his incredible life and legacy.

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Lesson 1

Explore the Life of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Half interactive exploration, half storybook — this engaging Thinglink quest will help students discover how an ordinary kid can do extraordinary things.

Lesson 2

Scrambled Civil Rights Timeline

Investigate the history of the Civil Rights movement as students explore a scrambled timeline and attempt to set it right!

Lesson 3

Unsung Heroes of the Civil Rights Movement

Martin Luther King, Jr. learned from important people in his life. He had incredible supporters who assisted his mission. Explore these overlooked heroes, then have students create an infographic on one of these unsung heroes of their choosing!

Lesson 4

Virtual Tour of Memphis

It’s one thing to learn about a movement — it’s another to go and visit. Take a tour of Memphis to learn about the impact of this city on the Civil Rights movement.

Lesson 5

Take a Stand

Don’t just learn about Martin Luther King, Jr. and the history of the Civil Rights movement — do something about it! with this simple activity, you can empower your students to make a meaningful difference in ways that are large and small.

Take A Stand

Want More?

If you enjoy these activities, you’ll LOVE the Blue Apple project, Take a Stand, where students learn about current event issues and civil debate then use their voices to change the world!

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