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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 (K-5)
Top 10 Black History Month Worksheets (6-12)
Top 10 Kwanzaa Activities (Grades K-8)
Virtual Field Trip of Underground Railroad in New Bedford, MA
Coloring Book of African-Americans Slideshow
Martin Luther King Jr. Printables Slideshow (Grades 4-8)
Martin Luther King Jr. Printables Slideshow (Grades K-3)

Technology Resources

African Storytellers
African-American Heroes

Printables for Grades K-5

The Melting Pot -- Is It What We Want?
Slavery Writing Prompt
Hero/Heroine Writing Activity
African Tribal Masks
Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad
Cultures Day Project Ideas
Educator's Guide to Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope
More Popular Black History Month Printables

Printables for Grades 6-8

Kwanzaa, the African-American Celebration of Ancestry
The Lions of Little Rock Common Core Lesson Plans
Kente Cloth
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry: Comprehension Questions
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry: Projects and Activities
Postage Stamps for Heroes
Matthew Henson, Explorer
More Popular Black History Month Printables

Printables & Lessons for Grades 9-12

Billie Holiday's Song "Strange Fruit"
Jazz and Math: Rhythmic Innovations
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
African-American Gospel Music
Visualizing Jazz Scenes of the Harlem Renaissance
Jazz and Math: Improvisation Permutations
George Washington and Phillis Wheatley
More Popular Black History Month Printables & Lessons

Lesson Plans for Grades K-5

Tap Your Feet
Activities for African Folk Tales
Write a Letter to Jesse Owens
Percussion Performance and Culture
Triangular Trade in the Atlantic Ocean
Martin Luther King Jr, Civil Rights Leader
Birthday Buddies
More Popular Black History Month Lessons

Lesson Plans for Grades 6-8

Jackie Robinson and Civil Rights
Interactive Timeline
The Underground Railroad
Learning through The Duke
The Struggle Against Segregation
Indentured Servants
Senufo Painting
More Popular Black History Month Lessons

African-American History Resources

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

Quizzes

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

References

Black Hockey Players in the NHL
Martin Luther King Jr.'s Life
Althea Gibson
Ida B. Wells
Harriet Tubman Biography
Assassinations and Attempts in U.S. Since 1865
54th Regiment Memorial
More Popular Black History Month References

Articles

Martin Luther King, Jr. Videos & Activities
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
New Bedford, MA and the Underground Railroad
To Be a Slave
Orphan Boy
The Emancipation Proclamation
The Founding of the NAACP
More Popular Black History Month Articles

Black History Month Art Activities

Coloring Book of Prominent African-Americans
Ellen's Broom Discussion Guide & Activities
Sarah Boone Coloring Page
George Washington Carver – Coloring Page
Large Masks
Weaving with Weeds
MLK Jr. Coloring Page
Abraham Lincoln Coloring Page
More Black History Month Art Activities

Music & Drama Activities

Assessment of Learning Through "The Duke" Lesson
Billy Strayhorn Interview
Follow the Drinking Gourd Song
A Jazz Talk Show
Exhibit Scoring Guide
More Music & Drama Activities for Black History Month

Language Arts Activities

Martin Luther King Jr. Alphabetizing
In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson -- Quiz Answer Key
Nonfiction Reading Warm-Up: Segregation
John Rock
MLK Jr. Story
Heaven Teacher's Guide
Friends for Freedom: The Story of Susan B. Anthony & Frederick Douglass Activity & Discussion Guide
More Popular Language Arts Activities for Black History Month

Black History Month Literature Resources

The Women of Brewster Place and The Men of Brewster Place
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
Coretta Scott King Award Winners
Old South Meeting House
African American Writers
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry -- Synopsis and Activity
Readers Theater Script: The Drinking Gourd
More Popular Literature Resources for Black History Month

Black History Month Biographies

Rosa Parks Coloring Page
Martin Luther King Jr Coloring Page
Garrett A. Morgan Invents Traffic Light
Sarah Breedlove Walker -- Coloring Page
An Overview of Martin Luther King Jr.
Pictorial Timeline of Dr. Martin Luther King's Life
Garrett Morgan Coloring Page
More Popular Black History Month Biographies

Science Activities for Black History Month

Drylongso
George Washington Carver
Benjamin Banneker, Astronomer
Dr. Daniel Hale Williams
Wizard of Tuskegee: George Washington Carver
More Science Activities for Black History Month

Math Activities for Black History Month

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

Physical Education Resources for Black History Month

Althea Gibson's Story
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Wilma Rudolph, Olympic Athlete
Arthur Ashe
Jackie Robinson Coloring Page
African-American Hall of Fame
Negro League Baseball
More Physical Education Resources for Black History Month

Civil Rights Resources

Martin Luther King Jr. Wordsearch
Medgar Evers
William Edward Burghardt DuBois
Harry Truman's Executive Order: 9981
Photo of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Dwight D. Eisenhower's Little Rock Response
Malcolm X Biography
More Popular Civil Rights Resources

Slavery Resources

Lincoln's Thanksgiving Proclamation
Speaking of Slavery
Free and Slave States, 1787
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Teacher's Guide
Black History Word Search
More Slavery Resources

Resources on Race, Discrimination, & Segregation

Ancestry of U.S. Population by Rank, 2001
African-Americans and Others Fight Discrimination
The Fight Against Lynching
Eleanor Roosevelt Helped Marian Anderson
A Wreath for Emmett Till Teacher's Guide
Don't Say Ain't Discussion Guide
Up Close: Ella Fitzgerald Discussion Guide
More Resources on Race, Discrimination, & Segregation

Matin Luther King Jr Day Resources

Timeline of Affirmative Action Milestones
Death of Martin Luther King Jr.: A Proclamation
All About Martin Luther King Jr. Quiz
Influencing Others in Our World
Martin Luther King, Jr. Receives the Nobel Peace Prize
The Life of Martin Luther King Jr. Quiz
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
More Martin Luther King Jr Resources for Teachers

Kwanzaa Activities

Top 10 Kwanzaa Activities (Grades K-8)
Activities for African Folk Tales
Kwanzaa, the African-American Celebration of Ancestry
African Storytellers
An Overview of Kwanzaa
Kwanzaa Symbols & Celebration
Dr. Maulana Karenga, Kwanzaa Creator (Coloring Page)
More Kwanzaa – Teacher Resources

Related Resources

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

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