I never thought much of Martin Luther King, Jr. day until I was a teacher. I always knew who he was and what he did, but it wasn't until I started teaching it to others that I felt the true magnitude of his life.
Here's some of the free resources I've found for teaching about MLK jr.
First Grade W.O.W. has a great unit:
I also really like the Just or Unjust activity from Elementary Matters' TpT store:
I also used the directed drawing freebie from Mrs. Miner's Kindergarten:
I actually used the directed drawing to go with my writing time with the first and second graders. We read about MLK, watched this video clip:
And then wrote about Martin Luther King, Jr. We put our writing together with a light and dark skin hand-print and our drawing. The students were AH-mazed that they could draw Martin!
We finished up by watching a clip from his speech:
I'm so excited to try Fun in K/1's idea about the making a cake with a white egg or brown egg. If you go to their TpT store, you can download the preview of their product which includes instructions, a recipe, and a Venn diagram.
Here's the link to BrainPop's video about Martin Luther King, Jr.
First Grade Fanatics put together a great packet for MLK Day. Check it out:
Here's another video called "My Friend Martin" I haven't previewed it yet, but it's supposed to be really good.
If you don't have the book Martin's Big Words, here's a great video of it: