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Black History Month – Teacher Resources

February is Black History Month. Explore the many contributions of African-Americans with our cross-curricular lessons, printables, quizzes, and activities below. You'll find biographies on athletes, scientists, civil rights leaders, and more! Utilize these resources for grades K-12 to examine the historical and social context of slavery. From art to technology, there are activities to connect Black history with every subject including holiday resources for Kwanzaa and Martin Luther King Jr Day.

Educational Videos

Martin Luther King, Jr. Videos & Activities
Slavery & The Civil War – Videos & Activities

Slideshows

Top 10 Black History Month Worksheets (6-12)
Top 10 Black History Month Worksheets (K-5)
Virtual Field Trip of Underground Railroad in New Bedford, MA
Top 10 Kwanzaa Activities (Grades K-8)
Top 10 Martin Luther King Activities
Martin Luther King Jr. Printables Slideshow (Grades 4-8)
Top 15 Black History Month Resources

Technology Resources

African-American Heroes
African Storytellers

Printables for Grades K-5

Hero/Heroine Writing Activity
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry: Projects and Activities
Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad
Slavery Writing Prompt
Jackie Robinson Biography & Activities
The Melting Pot -- Is It What We Want?
Jackie Robinson Coloring Page
More Popular Black History Month Printables

Printables for Grades 6-8

Civil Rights Heroes Quiz
The Fugitive Slave Act of 1850
The Civil Rights Movement
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry: Comprehension Questions
Cultures Day Project Ideas
The Lions of Little Rock Common Core Lesson Plans
Martin Luther King Jr. Questions
More Popular Black History Month Printables

Printables & Lessons for Grades 9-12

Defining Jazz Music
Billie Holiday's Song "Strange Fruit"
Visualizing Jazz Scenes of the Harlem Renaissance
Jazz and Math: Rhythmic Innovations
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Black History Printable Book (6-12)
Jazz and Math: Improvisation Permutations
More Popular Black History Month Printables & Lessons

Lesson Plans for Grades K-5

Tap Your Feet
Triangular Trade in the Atlantic Ocean
Activities for African Folk Tales
Martin Luther King Jr, Civil Rights Leader
Write a Letter to Jesse Owens
Influencing Others in Our World
Senufo Painting
More Popular Black History Month Lessons

Lesson Plans for Grades 6-8

Jackie Robinson and Civil Rights
The Underground Railroad
African-American Gospel Music
Benjamin Banneker's Letter
The Struggle Against Segregation
Interactive Timeline
Indentured Servants
More Popular Black History Month Lessons

African-American History Resources

Slavery & The Civil War – Videos & Activities
Maniac Magee Literature Guide
African Folk Tales: Background Information
A Raisin in the Sun
Indentured Servants' Experiences 1600-1700
In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson
African Tribal Masks
More African-American History Resources

Quizzes

Civil Rights Quiz
Kwanzaa Word Problems
All About Martin Luther King, Jr. Quiz
Kwanzaa Facts Quiz
Black History Month Quiz
ABC Order -- Famous Black Americans
The Life of Martin Luther King Jr. Quiz
More Black History Month Quizzes

References

Dwight D. Eisenhower's Little Rock Response
Benjamin Banneker Fact Sheet
Amendments to the Constitution of the United States
Jackie Robinson Mini-Biography
Famous Firsts in Aviation
Timeline of Affirmative Action Milestones
Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Olympic Athlete
More Popular Black History Month References

Articles

Martin Luther King, Jr. Videos & Activities
Teammates
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
To Be a Slave
The Women of Brewster Place and The Men of Brewster Place
Minty: A Story of Young Harriet Tubman
Orphan Boy
More Popular Black History Month Articles

Black History Month Art Activities

Coloring Book of Prominent African-Americans
George Washington Carver – Coloring Page
Sarah Boone Coloring Page
My Book About Martin Luther King, Jr.
African Folktale Characters
Kente Cloth
Printable Coloring Book of African-Americans (2-6)
Large Masks
More Black History Month Art Activities

Music & Drama Activities

We Shall Overcome Lesson Plan: We Are the Freedom Riders
Exhibit Scoring Guide
Billy Strayhorn Interview
A Jazz Talk Show
Assessment of Learning Through "The Duke" Lesson
More Music & Drama Activities for Black History Month

Language Arts Activities

In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson Literature Guide
Rosa Parks Reading Warm-Up for Gr. 1 & 2: Historical Fiction
Fever 1793 Teacher's Guide
ABC Order -- Famous African-Americans
Individual Room Temperature Controls Puzzle & Reading Passage
Harriet Tubman Writing Activity
To Be a Slave — Comprehension Test A
More Popular Language Arts Activities for Black History Month

Black History Month Literature Resources

To Be a Slave Worksheet
In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson -- Projects
In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson -- Quiz
A Teaching Guide to the World of Ezra Jack Keats
The Lions of Little Rock Teacher's Guide
In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson -- Quiz Answer Key
In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson -- Test A, B, and C Answer Keys
More Popular Literature Resources for Black History Month

Black History Month Biographies

Rosa Parks Coloring Page
Shirley Chisholm as a Member of Congress
George Washington Carver Little Book
Martin Luther King Jr Coloring Page
"I Have a Dream" Little Book
An Overview of Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr. Receives the Nobel Peace Prize
More Popular Black History Month Biographies

Science Activities for Black History Month

Dr. Mae Jemison Coloring Page
Drylongso
Charles Drew and the Study of Blood
George Washington Carver
Dr. Daniel Hale Williams
More Science Activities for Black History Month

Math Activities for Black History Month

Famous African-Americans: Using a Grid
Happy Birthday to MLK
Moja Means One: Swahili Counting Book
Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday
More Math Activities for Black History Month

Physical Education Resources for Black History Month

Olympic Star: Jesse Owens Biography and Activities
Althea Gibson's Story
Black Hockey Players in the NHL
Wilma Rudolph, Olympic Athlete
Muhammad Ali, Olympic Athlete
African-American Hall of Fame
Althea Gibson
More Physical Education Resources for Black History Month

Civil Rights Resources

Martin Luther King Jr. Wordsearch
Pictorial Timeline of Dr. Martin Luther King's Life
I Have a Dream
All About Martin Luther King Jr. Quiz
Martin Luther King, Jr. Quiz
A Wreath for Emmett Till Teacher's Guide
Martin Luther King, Jr. Receives the Nobel Peace Prize
More Popular Civil Rights Resources

Slavery Resources

A Guide to Teaching About Freedom Struggles
The Emancipation Proclamation
Speaking of Slavery
Slavery: An Incalculable Human Loss
Lincoln's Thanksgiving Proclamation
More Slavery Resources

Resources on Race, Discrimination, & Segregation

The Fight Against Lynching
The Best Bad Luck I Ever Had Discussion Guide
Flygirl Discussion Guide
The American Dream and African-American History
African-Americans and Others Fight Discrimination
Eleanor Roosevelt Helped Marian Anderson
Nonfiction Reading Warm-Up: Segregation
More Resources on Race, Discrimination, & Segregation

Matin Luther King Jr Day Resources

A Movement Led by Dr. Martin Luther King
Dreams Poem
Photo of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr Printable Book (K-3)
Martin Luther King Jr. Printable Book (Grades 4-8)
Dreams Idea Sheets
MLK Jr. Story
More Martin Luther King Jr Resources for Teachers

Kwanzaa Activities

Activities for African Folk Tales
Top 10 Kwanzaa Activities (Grades K-8)
Dr. Maulana Karenga, Kwanzaa Creator (Coloring Page)
Kwanzaa Word Problems
An Overview of Kwanzaa
African Storytellers
Kwanzaa Facts Quiz
More Kwanzaa – Teacher Resources

Related Resources

Encyclopedia of Prominent African-Americans
Virtual Field Trip: Black History in Boston
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