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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)
Top 10 Kwanzaa Activities (Grades K-8)
Virtual Field Trip of Underground Railroad in New Bedford, MA
Top 10 Martin Luther King Activities
Top 15 Black History Month Resources
Coloring Book of African-Americans Slideshow

Technology Resources

African Storytellers
African-American Heroes

Printables for Grades K-5

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

Printables for Grades 6-8

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry: Comprehension Questions
The Fugitive Slave Act of 1850
Cultures Day Project Ideas
The Civil Rights Movement
Martin Luther King Jr. Questions
The Underground Railroad Matching Activity
Fever 1793 Teacher's Guide
More Popular Black History Month Printables

Printables & Lessons for Grades 9-12

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

Lesson Plans for Grades K-5

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

Lesson Plans for Grades 6-8

Jackie Robinson and Civil Rights
The Underground Railroad
The Struggle Against Segregation
Interactive Timeline
Learning through The Duke
A Jazz Talk Show
Senufo Painting
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
Indentured Servants' Experiences 1600-1700
In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson
A Raisin in the Sun
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
More African-American History Resources

Quizzes

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

References

Benjamin Banneker Fact Sheet
Amendments to the Constitution of the United States
Jackie Robinson Mini-Biography
Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington
George Washington Carver
Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Olympic Athlete
African-Americans and Others Fight Discrimination
More Popular Black History Month References

Articles

Martin Luther King, Jr. Videos & Activities
Teammates
To Be a Slave
A Movement Led by Dr. Martin Luther King
New Bedford, MA and the Underground Railroad
Minty: A Story of Young Harriet Tubman
Three Famous Americans in the Civil War
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
Kente Cloth
My Book About Martin Luther King, Jr.
Printable Coloring Book of African-Americans (2-6)
African Folktale Characters
MLK Jr. Coloring Page
More Black History Month Art Activities

Music & Drama Activities

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

Language Arts Activities

Rosa Parks Reading Warm-Up for Gr. 1 & 2: Historical Fiction
In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson Literature Guide
In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson -- Quiz
Individual Room Temperature Controls Puzzle & Reading Passage
To Be a Slave — Comprehension Test A
In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson -- Quiz Answer Key
A Teaching Guide to the World of Ezra Jack Keats
More Popular Language Arts Activities for Black History Month

Black History Month Literature Resources

To Be a Slave Worksheet
The Lions of Little Rock Common Core Lesson Plans
In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson -- Projects
Dreams Poem
Historical Fiction Reading Warm-Up: Martin Luther King, Jr.
Langston Hughes, an Everyday Poet
An Abolitionist Play
More Popular Literature Resources for Black History Month

Black History Month Biographies

Rosa Parks Coloring Page
George Washington Carver Little Book
Martin Luther King Jr Coloring Page
Pictorial Timeline of Dr. Martin Luther King's Life
"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
Benjamin Banneker, Astronomer
Drylongso
Orphan Boy
Dr. Daniel Hale Williams
More Science Activities for Black History Month

Math Activities for Black History Month

Happy Birthday to MLK
Moja Means One: Swahili Counting Book
Famous African-Americans: Using a Grid
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
Negro League Baseball
Althea Gibson's Story
Wilma Rudolph, Olympic Athlete
Muhammad Ali, Olympic Athlete
Arthur Ashe
Althea Gibson
More Physical Education Resources for Black History Month

Civil Rights Resources

Martin Luther King Jr. Wordsearch
All About Martin Luther King Jr. Quiz
I Have a Dream
Martin Luther King Jr.'s Life
Dwight D. Eisenhower's Little Rock Response
Jim Crow
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
More Popular Civil Rights Resources

Slavery Resources

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

Resources on Race, Discrimination, & Segregation

The Best Bad Luck I Ever Had Discussion Guide
Flygirl Discussion Guide
Milestones in the Black History of Canada
The Lions of Little Rock Teacher's Guide
Teacher's Guide to Boycott Blues: How Rosa Parks Inspired a Nation
Ancestry of U.S. Population by Rank, 2001
Slavery and the Constitution
More Resources on Race, Discrimination, & Segregation

Matin Luther King Jr Day Resources

Timeline of Affirmative Action Milestones
Martin Luther King Jr Printable Book (K-3)
Assassinations and Attempts in U.S. Since 1865
Dreams Idea Sheets
MLK Jr. Story
Martin Luther King, Jr. Receives the Nobel Peace Prize
Photo of Martin Luther King, Jr.
More Martin Luther King Jr Resources for Teachers

Kwanzaa Activities

Activities for African Folk Tales
Top 10 Kwanzaa Activities (Grades K-8)
Kwanzaa Word Problems
African Storytellers
Kwanzaa Facts Quiz
Kwanzaa Symbols & Celebration
An Overview of Kwanzaa
More Kwanzaa – Teacher Resources

Related Resources

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

Highlights

Children's Choice Book Awards
We love books! Encourage students to vote for their favorite children's book, author, and illustrator of the year at Funbrain and Poptropica. Teens can make their picks too. Read the complete list of nominated books, as well as related activities, and get voting!

Videos
Do your students love videos? We have a growing collection of videos (including related activities) for holidays and events, including: Earth Day, women's history, Memorial Day, Independence Day, slavery & the Civil War, U.S. Presidents, handwashing awareness, the Common Core, and American History. Enjoy!

April Calendar of Events
April is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: Library Week (4/12-18), Volunteer Week (4/12-18), Poison Prevention Week (4/15-21), Earth Day (4/22), Tell a Story Day (4/27), International Jazz Day (4/30). Plus, celebrate Deaf History Month (3/15-4/15), Mathematics Education Month, National Poetry Month, and Youth Sports Safety Month!

Teaching with Comics: Galactic Hot Dogs
Reach reluctant readers and English-language learners with comics! Our original teaching guides to the Galactic Hot Dogs comic series (chapters 1-4 and 5-8), as found on Funbrain.com, will take students on a cosmic adventure while engaging their creative minds. Plus, find even more activities for teaching with comics, featuring many other classic stories.

Poptropica Teaching Guides
Poptropica is one of the Internet's most popular sites for kids—and now it's available as an app for the iPad! It's not just a place to play games; each of the islands featured on the site provides a learning opportunity. Check out our teaching guides to four of Poptropica's islands: 24 Carrot Island, Time Tangled Island, Mystery Train Island, and Mythology Island.

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