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Black History Month

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Here are some ideas for Black History Month.

Black History Month
Posted by: Mamie

Try Maggie Mitchell Walker, a young Black woman who had to fight not only prejudice for being black but also being a woman. It is a wonderful story. I use it also to teach how to use an outline.

Another person I like to use is Virginia Hamilton. A wonderful writer. The book that I like to use is House of Dies Drear. It is about a Black family who moves south and lives in the Dies Drear house. It contains mystery and history, my students really enjoy this. There is also a movie out, not quite like the book, but will work.

Black History Month Activity
Posted by: 2sNews

Its a great idea to teach your children about Pioneers in History, but to have them experience who these people are is the best bet.

Dress up day is so much fun.

Have each child dress up as someone from black history. It can be past present etc...

You can have a theme board, and they can pick the person they would like to dress up as, you as the teacher must dress up too !

Have fun !

black history month
Posted by: patsi

I do some black history on Ruby Bridges (a black child who attended a white elementary school).In the past, I have done a huge Peanuts unit and taught about George Washington Carver. He taught us the many uses of peanut oil and used it for many things especially peanut butter. He started a famous college for African Americans... Tuskeegee College. There so many great books at the Teacher's supply on African Americans. My favorite is Ruby Bridges. She is my hero. Disney did a movie on her which is sometimes shown in February.

Black History Timeline
Posted by: sharmon

I have my students choose a Black American, past or present, from a book or the internet.
They decide on a date that represents that person (year of accomplishment, year of birth, etc.) Next they write a short paragraph about the accomplishment (historical data). they decide on a visual to help demonstrate the accomplishment. I give them the exact format of how to put the information together on a 9 by 12 piece of construction paper. Basically the year is in the same place on every paper so then we can display them in a timeline. I give extra points for choosing a Black American I don't know. I've had some truly interesting projects. I have a sign up sheet so I don't have duplicates. I also prohibit King, Parks, & Tubman because they have already studied them. If you would like the complete format my email is

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black history program
Posted by: jodi

I don't know what your requirements are for your program, but George Washington Carver is interesting to kids, with all of the things he made from peanuts. The kids could dress as scientists. He was called "The Plant Doctor" so some of the kids could hold plants. You could make up a song or chant with the info that they learn about him. Or, Garrett Morgan invented the traffic light. You could make up a play with cars going through intersections and bumping into each other, then have some kids come out with the traffic signals. I made some with a black background, then the three lights. It looked so good! The kids could recite the poem: Red on top says stop; Yellow in between, stay and wait for green; Green below,let's go! Or whatever poem you have already. Good Luck! Let me know what you decide to do!

Black History
Posted by: Tonya Wash

If you haven't done any activities for Martin Luther King's birthday, you could teach a lesson about prejudice by passing out a snack to half of class (boys or girls. Next explain only that group gets treat because that's just the way it is. Call class to meeting area and read A Picture Book of Martin Luther King's Life. Ask children who did not get snack how they feel (they'll probably still be upset). Ask those who did get snack how they feel? Explain that this is an example of prejudice and unequal treatment that Dr. King and other Black Americans experienced during their life. You might want to send a worksheet home explaining lesson and a follow up activity.

Black History Program
Posted by: Carolyn

How about having each one of them memorize one line about a famous historical black person and step forward dressed as that person. He could hold up a picture of the person. There have been so many that even if you have a fairly large class, you should have enough for everyone. Consider: Martin Luther King, George Washington Carver, Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, Michael Jordan, and many, many others who have made a difference in our society. Of course, you might find that all of your boys want to be Michael Jordan, so you will want to assign each one. LOL

Black History Idea
Posted by: NJ Teacher

I love to use the book Dinner at Aunt Connie's by Faith Ringgold. In the book, her characters come to dinner at Aunt Connie's house. They realize that the paintings are actually famous African American women, who come to life at the dinner table. I have the kids team up to research these people, and they then do a picture/portait in Faith Ringgold's colorful style. It is great because it also serves as a bulletin board for Women's History Month in March, should you choose to leave it up. Faith Ringgold's work also makes for an interesting author study.

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Black History Month
Posted by: Sharalle Arnold

Here are a few ideas.
Send letter home for students to do a peanut hunt. Look for items (with help) that contain peanut. Discuss George Washington Carver and his peanut discovery. Serve a peanut butter and jelly sandwich or peanut butter cookies (be aware of the peanut allergy).

Using a paper bag make Kente hats. Children paint the paper ahead of time then you cut them to fit around their head. Use red, yellow green and black and discuss Ghana and Kente clothes.

Black History Lessons
Posted by: Black History Lessons

There's so much to do during February that it definitely floods over into other months:
1. Carter Woodson
2. George Washington Bush (1790-1863)
3. Marjorie Pitter King
4. Garrett Augustus Morgan
5. Henry Lewis
6. George Carruthers
7. Aretha Franklin
8. Jan Matzeliger
9. Horace Cayton
10 Alexa Canady
11 Edwin Pratt
12 CJ Walker
13 Bessie Coleman
14 Emmett Till
15 William Grouse
16 George Grant
17 E. Russell "Noodles" Smith
18 Robert Johnson
19 Sam Smith
20 Juneteenth celebration
21 Bumps Blackwell
22 John Thomas Gayton
23 A Philip Randolph
24 Thomas Jennings
25 Norbert Rillieux
26 Benjamin Bradley
27 Elijah McCoy
28 Lewis Howard Latimer
29 Granville T. Woods
30 Frederick McKinley Jones
31 David Crosthwait, Jr.
32 Martin Luther King, Jr.
and so many many more. Each one is so fascinating and such a good lesson in persistence and self-esteem, working against all odds and education.

Hope you had half as much fun as I did, putting together quizzes about inventions and their inventors, accomplishments, and even the UGRR. The lessons on the messages through quilts just was so inspiring for all of us: students and assistants. We all enjoyed doing the lessons. Hope you do, too!

black history month
Posted by: alicej

Salt in his Shoes
Rap-A-Tap-tap Here's Bojangles - Think of that!
My Man Blue
For the Love of the Game
In My Momma's Kitchen
Don't say Ain't
Almost to Freedom
Talkin about Bessie
Just the Two of Us
Duke Ellington
Fly High! The story of Bessie Coleman
She Come Bringing Me That Little Baby Girl
Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King Jr.
Picture book of Jesse Owens
If You traveled on the Underground Railroad
If you lived at the time of Martin Luther King Jr.
These are mine.

Our library has a class set of Jay Allen and the Underground railroad. Teachers Helper years ago had a mini book that went along with Jay Allen book. HTH

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