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

Technology Resources

African-American Heroes
African Storytellers

Printables for Grades K-5

The Melting Pot -- Is It What We Want?
Hero/Heroine Writing Activity
African Tribal Masks
Slavery Writing Prompt
Juneteenth - African Americans Wordsearch
Rosa Parks Coloring Page
Martin Luther King Jr Coloring Page
More Popular Black History Month Printables

Printables for Grades 6-8

Cultures Day Project Ideas
The Lions of Little Rock Common Core Lesson Plans
All About Martin Luther King Jr. Quiz
Activities to Honor Heroes
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry: Comprehension Questions
Celebrate African-American Heritage & Culture
Olympic Star: Jesse Owens Biography and Activities
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
Jazz and Math: Improvisation Permutations
Defining Jazz Music
George Washington and Phillis Wheatley
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
Birthday Buddies
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 Struggle Against Segregation
Benjamin Banneker's Letter
Senufo Painting
Harriet Brent Jacobs
Indentured Servants
The Underground Railroad
More Popular Black History Month Lessons

African-American History Resources

African Folk Tales: Background Information
Slavery & The Civil War – Videos & Activities
Indentured Servants' Experiences 1600-1700
Maniac Magee Literature Guide
A Raisin in the Sun
Famous Firsts in Aviation
"I Have a Dream" Little Book
More African-American History Resources

Quizzes

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

References

Assassinations and Attempts in U.S. Since 1865
Amendments to the Constitution of the United States
Martin Luther King Jr.'s Life
Benjamin Banneker Fact Sheet
Althea Gibson
African-Americans and Others Fight Discrimination
Arthur Ashe
More Popular Black History Month References

Articles

Martin Luther King, Jr. Videos & Activities
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
African-Americans in the Revolutionary War
Teammates
African-American Troops in the Civil War
The Rise of Jim Crow
Ideas for Black History Month Field Trips
More Popular Black History Month Articles

Black History Month Art Activities

Coloring Book of Prominent African-Americans
Weaving with Weeds
Abraham Lincoln Coloring Page
George Washington Carver – Coloring Page
MLK Jr. Coloring Page
Postage Stamps for Heroes
African Folktale Characters
Kente Cloth
More Black History Month Art Activities

Music & Drama Activities

African-American Influence on Music and Dance
We Shall Overcome Lesson Plan: We Are the Freedom Riders
Learning through The Duke
Interactive Timeline
A Jazz Talk Show
More Music & Drama Activities for Black History Month

Language Arts Activities

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry: Projects and Activities
In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson
Dreams Idea Sheets
The Story of Martin Luther King Jr.
MLK Jr. Story
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
Kwanzaa Symbols & Celebration
More Popular Language Arts Activities for Black History Month

Black History Month Literature Resources

Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice Curriculum Guide
The Lions of Little Rock Teacher's Guide
Teaching About the Civil Rights Movement with Picture Books
Coretta Scott King Award Winners
The Women of Brewster Place and The Men of Brewster Place
Orphan Boy
Drylongso
More Popular Literature Resources for Black History Month

Black History Month Biographies

Pictorial Timeline of Dr. Martin Luther King's Life
Jackie Robinson Coloring Page
George Washington Carver Little Book
Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad
Photo of Martin Luther King, Jr.
George Washington Carver
Garrett A. Morgan Invents Traffic Light
More Popular Black History Month Biographies

Science Activities for Black History Month

Dr. Daniel Hale Williams
Charles Drew and the Study of Blood
Benjamin Banneker, Astronomer
Wizard of Tuskegee: George Washington Carver
Perfect Timing Educator's Kit
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
Black Hockey Players in the NHL
Wilma Rudolph, Olympic Athlete
Muhammad Ali, Olympic Athlete
Jesse Owens, Olympic Athlete
Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Olympic Athlete
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
More Physical Education Resources for Black History Month

Civil Rights Resources

Martin Luther King Jr. Wordsearch
Martin Luther King, Jr. Receives the Nobel Peace Prize
Harry Truman's Executive Order: 9981
Death of Martin Luther King Jr.: A Proclamation
Booker T. Washington's Atlanta Compromise Speech
Dwight D. Eisenhower's Little Rock Response
William Edward Burghardt DuBois
More Popular Civil Rights Resources

Slavery Resources

Slavery: An Incalculable Human Loss
Lincoln's Thanksgiving Proclamation
Free and Slave States, 1787
Speaking of Slavery
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Teacher's Guide
More Slavery Resources

Resources on Race, Discrimination, & Segregation

Emerging African-American Leaders
The Amistad Rebellion
Legal and Political Manipulations After the Civil War
Ancestry of U.S. Population by Rank, 2001
The Fight Against Lynching
Eleanor Roosevelt Helped Marian Anderson
Don't Say Ain't Discussion Guide
More Resources on Race, Discrimination, & Segregation

Matin Luther King Jr Day Resources

Martin Luther King Jr. Printable Book (Grades 4-8)
A Movement Led by Dr. Martin Luther King
Timeline of Affirmative Action Milestones
Martin Luther King Jr. Alphabetizing
Martin Luther King Jr. & Your Dreams
Martin Luther King Jr. Story Starter
Daily Journal Topics: Martin Luther King, Jr.
More Martin Luther King Jr Resources for Teachers

Kwanzaa Activities

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

Related Resources

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

Highlights

Teaching Racism & Discrimination in America
The issues of racism, prejudice, and discrimination have plagued the United States since it was founded, and racially motivated killings still occur with frequency today. Help your students understand the historical contexts of racism—with references on slavery, immigration, and the civil rights movement—to frame your conversation on modern instances of prejudice.

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.

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 (and now in print!), 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.

July Calendar of Events
July is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: Canada Day (7/1), Independence Day (7/4/1776), World Population Day (7/11), Bastille Day in France (7/14), National Ice Cream Day (7/19), First Moon Landing (7/20/1969), World War I Began (7/28/1914), Author J.K. Rowling's Birthday (7/31/1965). Plus, celebrate Read an Almanac Month and Recreation and Parks Month all July long!

Videos
Interested in using different types of media in your classroom? We have a growing collection of videos, with related activities, for holidays and events, including: Independence Day, slavery & the Civil War, American History, U.S. Presidents, handwashing awareness, the Common Core, women's history, Memorial Day, and the environment. Enjoy!

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