This is a round-up of some MLK resources that I found and that I plan to utilize in my classroom. You can certainly pick and choose, and do them over one day or a few. All the resources shared below are free and geared toward second grade-ish... so some of them can definitely be used for upper elementary, and some for first grade as well.
I'm definitely going to show "Our Friend, Martin" at the end of the day. It's an hour long, but it's very powerful. I remember watching this when I was in elementary school and it having a profound impact. I think it's an important, relatable video for our elementary students. Have you ever shown it?
This is another video, but it's darker with more violence (real footage is shown throughout) - 4 minutes long.
MLK by Kid President - great from a kid's perspective and relatable, short and sweet at 3 minutes and 36 seconds.
Brainpop MLK video - This video is 6 minutes long. We always do the hard and easy quiz after watching a brain pop video! The kids love it.
MLK Story read by LeVar Burton - Anyone remember watching The Reading Rainbow? I love this story read by Mr. Burton. It's almost 9 minutes long.
I am Martin Luther King Jr. (Ordinary People Change the World series) - This is a long one at 17 minutes read by "Nana." I love these series of books, and my class loves them too!
Poster activity - I like this because it's a one page summary where students can draw and write about Mr. King.
MLK Flip Book - Not only does this include a passage, but a spot for comprehension questions as well, which I love! Comprehension is our major focus.
MLK No Prep Practice - It has two short paragraphs about Mr. King's life with questions, a character web, vocabulary search, and more!
MLK Tri-fold - This is packed with great information! You could use this as morning work or as "MLK centers," etc.
What Would You Do? - I like this because it has the students apply their knowledge of what MLK stood for into their daily lives- text to self connection!
I hope you found this round-up useful! Are you using any of these to learn about MLK this week? How did your class like it?