Although diversity should be discussed and celebrated all throughout the year, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Black History Month give teachers the perfect opportunity to bring rich historical content into their classrooms to celebrate some very influential African American artists, trailblazers, and inventors.
Whether you only have a few days to fit in content, or plan to celebrate and learn about Black history all month (which is what I recommend!), I’ve got you covered with some fabulous activities! Please note: This post contains affiliate links. You don’t pay any extra, but if you purchase from my link I get a small commission. This allows me to try out the items and books I recommend to you, while providing you with free content and resources like this one. Thank you for clicking my links!
For Martin Luther King Day on January 21st, grab this FREE MLK Easy Art Craft and anchor chart.
These activities would go perfectly with any Martin Luther King Jr. book you read, but one I recommend is A Picture Book of Martin Luther King, Jr. Another one of my all time favorite books to read this month is Let Freedom Sing by Vanessa Newton. Both are FREE on Epic Books – click here!
There are so many great books out there to add to your classroom library this month.
Need crafts and writing activities for the month? With my Black History Month Easy Art Pack, you’ll get the teacher plans for the crafts that you can either print directly on paper or cut and trace onto construction paper, step-by-step visual instructions (printable or digital NO PREP version to display on any device, AND differentiated writing pages that go with EACH craft). You’ll be completely set for the month!
Below is one of my favorite read aloud and easy art lessons from last year. We used bright watercolor paints to paint the backgrounds and added the easy art trumpet to learn about Louis Armstrong. They looked so awesome hung up!