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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)
Coloring Book of African-Americans Slideshow
Virtual Field Trip of Underground Railroad in New Bedford, MA
Martin Luther King Jr. Printables Slideshow (Grades 4-8)
Top Trip Ideas for Black History Month

Technology Resources

African-American Heroes
African Storytellers

Printables for Grades K-5

The Melting Pot -- Is It What We Want?
Hero/Heroine Writing Activity
Slavery Writing Prompt
African Tribal Masks
Rosa Parks Coloring Page
Juneteenth - African Americans Wordsearch
"I Have a Dream" Little Book
More Popular Black History Month Printables

Printables for Grades 6-8

The Lions of Little Rock Common Core Lesson Plans
Cultures Day Project Ideas
Althea Gibson's Story
African-American Influence on Music and Dance
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry: Projects and Activities
Activities to Honor Heroes
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"
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Jazz and Math: Rhythmic Innovations
Defining Jazz Music
Jazz and Math: Improvisation Permutations
African-American Gospel Music
The Fugitive Slave Act of 1850
More Popular Black History Month Printables & Lessons

Lesson Plans for Grades K-5

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

Lesson Plans for Grades 6-8

The Struggle Against Segregation
Jackie Robinson and Civil Rights
Benjamin Banneker's Letter
Learning through The Duke
Interactive Timeline
A Jazz Talk Show
Indentured Servants
More Popular Black History Month Lessons

African-American History Resources

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

Quizzes

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

References

Famous Firsts in Aviation
Benjamin Banneker Fact Sheet
Amendments to the Constitution: Voting
Assassinations and Attempts in U.S. Since 1865
George Washington Carver
Ancestry of U.S. Population by Rank, 2001
Martin Luther King Jr.'s Life
More Popular Black History Month References

Articles

Martin Luther King, Jr. Videos & Activities
Teammates
Moja Means One: Swahili Counting Book
A Movement Led by Dr. Martin Luther King
African-Americans in the Revolutionary War
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
Readers Theater Script: The Drinking Gourd
More Popular Black History Month Articles

Black History Month Art Activities

Coloring Book of Prominent African-Americans
George Washington Carver – Coloring Page
Printable Coloring Book of African-Americans (2-6)
Sarah Boone Coloring Page
Postage Stamps for Heroes
My Book About Martin Luther King, Jr.
Senufo Painting
MLK Jr. Coloring Page
More Black History Month Art Activities

Music & Drama Activities

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

Language Arts Activities

In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson Literature Guide
Educator's Guide to Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry: Comprehension Questions
In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson -- Quiz
Celebrate African-American Heritage & Culture
George Washington and Phillis Wheatley
Kwanzaa Symbols & Celebration
More Popular Language Arts Activities for Black History Month

Black History Month Literature Resources

To Market in Africa
The Women of Brewster Place and The Men of Brewster Place
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry -- Synopsis and Activity
In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson -- Test A, B, and C Answer Keys
In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson -- Quiz Answer Key
In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson -- Projects
Princess of Black Poetry: Nikki Giovanni
More Popular Literature Resources for Black History Month

Black History Month Biographies

George Washington Carver Little Book
Jackie Robinson Coloring Page
Pictorial Timeline of Dr. Martin Luther King's Life
Garrett A. Morgan Invents Traffic Light
My Mini-Book of Famous African-Americans
Althea Gibson
Muhammad Ali, Olympic Athlete
More Popular Black History Month Biographies

Science Activities for Black History Month

Perfect Timing Educator's Kit
Orphan Boy
Drylongso
Dr. Mae Jemison Coloring Page
Individual Room Temperature Controls Puzzle & Reading Passage
More Science Activities for Black History Month

Math Activities for Black History Month

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

Jesse Owens, Olympic Athlete
Arthur Ashe
Black Hockey Players in the NHL
Negro League Baseball
Wilma Rudolph, Olympic Athlete
Jackie Robinson Mini-Biography
Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Olympic Athlete
More Physical Education Resources for Black History Month

Civil Rights Resources

Martin Luther King Jr. Wordsearch
All About Martin Luther King Jr. Quiz
The Civil Rights Movement
Photo of Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Life of Martin Luther King Jr. Quiz
Notable Moments in Civil Rights History
Martin Luther King, Jr. Quiz
More Popular Civil Rights Resources

Slavery Resources

Slavery: An Incalculable Human Loss
Lincoln's Thanksgiving Proclamation
Free and Slave States, 1787
Speaking of Slavery
The Emancipation Proclamation
More Slavery Resources

Resources on Race, Discrimination, & Segregation

African-Americans and Others Fight Discrimination
African-American Troops in the Civil War
Legal and Political Manipulations After the Civil War
The Rise of Jim Crow
Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice Curriculum Guide
Jefferson's Sons: A Founding Father's Secret Children Common Core Lesson Plans
The Lions of Little Rock Teacher's Guide
More Resources on Race, Discrimination, & Segregation

Matin Luther King Jr Day Resources

Martin Luther King Jr. Printable Book (Grades 4-8)
Martin Luther King Jr Printable Book (K-3)
Celebrating Martin Luther King Day
Dreams Poetry Unit
Dreams Idea Sheets
The Story of Martin Luther King Jr.
Influencing Others in Our World
More Martin Luther King Jr Resources for Teachers

Kwanzaa Activities

Top 10 Kwanzaa Activities (Grades K-8)
Activities for African Folk Tales
African Storytellers
An Overview of Kwanzaa
To Market in Africa
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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