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MLK Cut and Color Worksheet

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PDF | 1 page | Grades: PK - 1

Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. and the ideals he fought for with this cut and color MLK worksheet for early elementary students.

What Did MLK Stand For? 

The American civil rights movement brought together many leaders working to make this country a better place for African Americans and all people of color. One activist who became a central figure for advancing social justice was Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Dr. King’s work—his publications, speeches, protests, and more—was full of inspiring messages that spoke to the ideals of: 

  • Peace
  • Love
  • Equality
  • Hope 
  • Justice
  • Freedom

Have your students finish this worksheet by completing Dr. King’s face. Then, have them color and cut out the MLK Day-related concepts on the bottom of the page and paste them in the background. 

Martin Luther King Activity Cut and Color

Your students will highlight the civil rights ideals Dr. King championed in his work.

Scaffolding + Extension Tips 

Use this resource as a lesson activity on the days around MLK Day. In addition to independent student work time, apply this creative writing exercise as a:

  • Civil rights movement lesson activity
  • Black History Month lesson activity
  • Homework assignment
  • Whole-class lesson review (via smartboard)

Students who need extra support can complete this worksheet in a 1:1 teacher intervention setting or your guided writing group

Fast finishers can draw more elements on the page or put MLK in a scene that illustrates him working for the ideals pasted on the page. 

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