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MLK Day Word Search

Teach Starter Publishing
PDF | 2 pages | Grades: 2 - 6

Identify the words and works of Martin Luther King Jr. in our MLK Word Search.

MLK Word Search — Curriculum Goals

This is a worksheet in which students will find the following words relating to Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and his important work in the civil rights movement:

  • boycott
  • civil rights
  • discrimination
  • equality
  • honor
  • inequality
  • Nobel Peace Prize
  • nonviolent
  • peaceful
  • racism
  • dream
  • segregation
  • protest
  • courage
  • I Have A Dream

Through completing this activity, students will boost their vocabulary, practice word recognition, improve their spelling, and develop pattern recognition skills. 

An answer key is provided on the second page of this download for students to self-check their work. 

Scaffolding + Extension Tips 

In addition to individual student work time, use this MLK word search as a:

Got fast finishers? Students who need a challenge can use the words to write sentences.  

Students who need extra support can work in pairs to complete the word search. 

To Prepare This Resource

Click the download button to save this file as a PDF. 

We recommend first printing one copy of the entire file because this download includes an answer sheet. Then, make photocopies of the blank worksheet for students to complete.  

You can also turn this teaching resource into a sustainable activity! Print a few copies on cardstock and slip them into dry-erase sleeves. Students can record their answers with a dry-erase marker, then erase and reuse. 

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