Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day activities for school children include making timelines of Dr. King's life and black history, reading black history books, completing quizzes about Dr. King, and completing volunteer activities to benefit the community. Children can also write their own versions of the "I Have a Dream" speech or interview individuals who were a part of the Civil Rights Movement or are a part of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Timelines can be created by gluing long strips of paper together and either copying historical facts from a computer and pasting them on the timeline or writing the names and dates on the timeline together. Some popular black history books for school children include "Henry's Freedom Box" by Ellen Levine, "Follow the Drinking Gourd" by Jeanette Winter and "Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry" by Mildred Taylor. Dr. King quizzes can be found online or created by the students based on information they have learned in class.
To implement volunteer activities in the classroom inspired by Dr. King, teachers can host a Nobel Peace Prize for Kids activity to encourage them to come up with unique, helpful ways to improve the community. When interviewing members of the Civil Rights Movement or the Black Lives Matter Movement, children may find a tape recorder and a camera helpful. Alternatively, teachers can invite an individual from these movements to speak at the school.