Martin Luther King Day Teaching Resources

Martin Luther King Day Teaching Resources
Martin Luther King, Jr., is one of the United States most celebrated civil rights activists. A minister, Dr. King championed causes related to race, class, and human rights. He worked tirelessly to help bring civil rights to minorities and spent the years before his assassination focusing on anti-war and anti-poverty issues. Modern memorials to Dr. King often include a public service component on the day set aside to mark his birth, the third Monday of January.

Science NetLinks and AAAS have developed a number of resources from the social and behavioral sciences that will help you celebrate the work and legacy of Dr. King in your classroom.
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  • Groups We Belong To

    Groups We Belong To

    K-2  |  Hands-On
    In this lesson, students will begin to think about and identify different kinds of groups.
  • Group Rules and Expectations

    Group Rules and Expectations

    3-5  |  Hands-On
    This lesson helps students better recognize and understand how groups influence the behavior of their members through rules and expectations.
  • The Illusion of Race

    The Illusion of Race

    6-8  |  Interactive
    The goal of this lesson is to have students investigate both genetic and societal consequences of these often-artificial and evolving classifications.
  • Understanding Stereotypes

    Understanding Stereotypes

    In this lesson, students will confront age-related stereotypes, explore how stereotyping impacts their lives, and discuss how they can make changes to reduce overgeneralizations, unfair assumptions, and uncritical judgments about groups.
  • Belonging to a Group

    Belonging to a Group

    In this lesson, students will look at group behaviors, dynamics, and purpose.
  • Race and Genes

    Race and Genes

    Visible traits of the human phenotype associated with specific "races" are influenced by a common set of genes all humans share—the genome—and environmental interactions. Culture determines how they are perceived.
  • Variation in Human Skin Color

    Variation in Human Skin Color

    In this lesson, students explore the factors that control variation in human skin color and the implications of this information for human society.


  • Race: Are We So Different?

    Race: Are We So Different?

    6-12  |  Video
    A project of the American Anthropological Association, Race: Are We So Different? looks at human variation and what it means to be a human being.

Science Updates

  • Race and Achievement

    Race and Achievement

    6-12  |  Audio
    In this Science Update, find out about a stunningly simple intervention that may make a big difference in academic achievement between racial groups.


  • Black History Month

    Black History Month

    Science NetLinks and AAAS have developed a number of resources that will help you honor the achievements and scientific work of African Americans.

Other Resources

Africans in America
Grade Band: 6-12
Description: The Africans in America website is a companion to Africans in America, a six-hour public television series. The website chronicles the history of racial slavery in the United States — from the start of the Atlantic slave trade in the 16th century to the end of the American Civil War in 1865 — and explores the central paradox that is at the heart of the American story: a democracy that declared all men equal but enslaved and oppressed one people to provide independence and prosperity to another.

Where Bias Begins: The Truth about Stereotypes
Grade Band: 9-12
Description: This article, from Psychology Today, describes how stereotypes are used all the time, whether people know it or not.

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