Martin Luther King, Jr. - 5 Websites with Facts for Kids

Filed under: Holidays, Day Care & Education, Education: Big Kids, Education: Tweens

martin luther king jrToday is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a day that gives us a chance to stop and remember Dr. King's vision for the people in the United States, as well as a fitting precursor to the inauguration of Barack Obama on Tuesday.

If you want to teach your kids more about Dr. King and why today is more than just a free day off, here are five great websites to get you started. And if you have any suggestions for the rest of us, please share your comments.

  • Fact Monster is packed to the brim with interesting facts about Dr. King. Not only is it easy for kids to navigate, it also offers quizzes and crossword puzzles so that they can test their knowledge.
  • At Scholastic, a slideshow of Benedict Fernandez's photographs of Dr. King take kids back to 1968 with a glimpse into Dr. King's world.
  • Kids hunt down facts about Dr. King in this online scavenger hunt, which might prove to be so much fun that they won't even realize they're learning.
  • Speaking of fun, at Read Write Think, they've created a word mover. Kids can take the words from Dr. King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech and create a poem from it.
  • If you're trying to explain Dr. King's legacy to very young children, here's a slideshow created by elementary students using Kid Pix -- very simple, very colorful, and very basic.
  • Older children, teens, and adults will enjoy this interactive timeline, and this special feature by The Seattle Times is a must-see for anyone who's looking to learn more about Dr. King and his legacy.

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.