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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?
Hero/Heroine Writing Activity
African Tribal Masks
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry: Projects and Activities
Martin Luther King Jr. Alphabetizing
Cultures Day Project Ideas
Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad
More Popular Black History Month Printables

Printables for Grades 6-8

Slavery Writing Prompt
Matthew Henson, Explorer
The Lions of Little Rock Common Core Lesson Plans
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry: Comprehension Questions
The Fugitive Slave Act of 1850
Three African-Americans in the Far West
Kente Cloth
More Popular Black History Month Printables

Printables & Lessons for Grades 9-12

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

Lesson Plans for Grades K-5

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

Lesson Plans for Grades 6-8

The Underground Railroad
Interactive Timeline
Birthday Buddies
Harriet Brent Jacobs
Learning through The Duke
Benjamin Banneker's Letter
Indentured Servants
More Popular Black History Month Lessons

African-American History Resources

African Folk Tales: Background Information
Indentured Servants' Experiences 1600-1700
Maniac Magee Literature Guide
Slavery & The Civil War – Videos & Activities
A Raisin in the Sun
Famous Firsts in Aviation
Black History Month Quiz
More African-American History Resources

Quizzes

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

References

Black Hockey Players in the NHL
Martin Luther King Jr.'s Life
Gordon Parks
Sojourner Truth
Dwight D. Eisenhower's Little Rock Response
Billy Strayhorn Interview
54th Regiment Memorial
More Popular Black History Month References

Articles

Martin Luther King, Jr. Videos & Activities
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
The Founding of the NAACP
Orphan Boy
54th Regiment Massachusetts Memorial
New Bedford, MA and the Underground Railroad
Minty: A Story of Young Harriet Tubman
More Popular Black History Month Articles

Black History Month Art Activities

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

Music & Drama Activities

Assessment of Learning Through "The Duke" Lesson
Visualizing Jazz Scenes of the Harlem Renaissance
Exhibit Scoring Guide
A Jazz Talk Show
Percussion Performance and Culture
More Music & Drama Activities for Black History Month

Language Arts Activities

In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson -- Quiz Answer Key
Historical Fiction Reading Warm-Up: Martin Luther King, Jr.
Friends for Freedom: The Story of Susan B. Anthony & Frederick Douglass Activity & Discussion Guide
In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson
To Be a Slave
George Washington and Phillis Wheatley
MLK Jr. Story
More Popular Language Arts Activities for Black History Month

Black History Month Literature Resources

Teaching About the Civil Rights Movement with Picture Books
Hope's Gift Discussion & Activity Guide
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
Coretta Scott King Award Winners
Readers Theater Script: The Drinking Gourd
Old South Meeting House
Women Abolitionists -- Poem and Speech
More Popular Literature Resources for Black History Month

Black History Month Biographies

Garrett A. Morgan Invents Traffic Light
Rosa Parks Coloring Page
My Mini-Book of Famous African-Americans
"I Have a Dream" Little Book
Pictorial Timeline of Dr. Martin Luther King's Life
Martin Luther King Jr Coloring Page
Garrett Morgan Coloring Page
More Popular Black History Month Biographies

Science Activities for Black History Month

Drylongso
George Washington Carver
Charles Drew and the Study of Blood
Dr. Daniel Hale Williams
Benjamin Banneker, Astronomer
More Science Activities for Black History Month

Math Activities for Black History Month

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

Physical Education Resources for Black History Month

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

Civil Rights Resources

Martin Luther King Jr. Wordsearch
An Overview of Martin Luther King Jr.
The Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and 1960s
William Edward Burghardt DuBois
Harry Truman's Executive Order: 9981
Death of Martin Luther King Jr.: A Proclamation
Photo of Martin Luther King, Jr.
More Popular Civil Rights Resources

Slavery Resources

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

Resources on Race, Discrimination, & Segregation

Ancestry of U.S. Population by Rank, 2001
African-Americans and Others Fight Discrimination
The Struggle Against Segregation
The Fight Against Lynching
Eleanor Roosevelt Helped Marian Anderson
Nonfiction Reading Warm-Up: Segregation
A Wreath for Emmett Till Teacher's Guide
More Resources on Race, Discrimination, & Segregation

Matin Luther King Jr Day Resources

Assassinations and Attempts in U.S. Since 1865
Timeline of Affirmative Action Milestones
All About Martin Luther King Jr. Quiz
Martin Luther King, Jr. Receives the Nobel Peace Prize
Martin Luther King Jr. & Your Dreams
Martin Luther King Jr. Story Starter
Martin Luther King Jr. Quiz
More Martin Luther King Jr Resources for Teachers

Kwanzaa Activities

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

Related Resources

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

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