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Black History Month Activities

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It’s February which means it’s Black History Month! Obviously, this history should be taught and celebrated year long, but I love that this month adds an extra focus to some extraordinary individuals. I wanted this post to highlight a few fun ideas that are easily implemented into your classroom. Including a few of my favorite books, tech activities, and of course FREEBIES.

  1. Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History If the illustrations and the title weren’t enough to make you swoon… I’m not sure what will. This is a beautiful book that highlights “40 trailblazing women who broke barriers of race and gender to pave the way for future generations.” One of my favorite things about this book is your students will get to know already well-known names and stories, as well as everyday women, all who courageously took action to defend their beliefs. With their being over 40 short biographies to read through I think one a day to start the day would be an absolute hit in the classroom!

2. Bedtime Inspirational Stories: 50 Amazing Black People Who Changed the World. Another great option for sharing a short biography each day. These stories highlight how individuals overcame obstacles and adversity. Perfect for a classroom working to instill Grit and Growth Mindset.  

 

3. Now Let Me Fly by Marcia Cebulska A Play Commemorating the Landmark Supreme Court Decision Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka. I LOVE READER’S THEATRE. If you haven’t tried one, please make it a goal. They are so wonderful and fun, and guaranteed your students will thrive. I stumbled across this script and couldn’t wait to share it with you. Before you can access the script you need to decide how you will use it. If you plan to put on a professional production where money or admission is involved in anyway a royalty is required. However, if you plan to simply use it as educational royalty is not required! The script comes in 3 different forms, a full version, and 2 youth versions, one for junior high aged kids and the other for elementary. If you have any questions just make note of it in the contact from when requesting the use of the scripts. Click on the link above to access the contact form. If you are looking for a more detailed lesson plan for this script click here!

4. Leaders of the Movement Crossword Puzzle. This Crossword puzzle highlights the leaders of the civil rights movement listed below. Students study a brief but fascinating biography of each leader, then complete a crossword puzzle that tests their reading comprehension of the text.

  • Harriet Tubman
  • Jackie Robinson
  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Ruby Bridges
  • Rosa Parks
  • Fredrick Douglas
  • Nelson Mandela

A crossword is always a fun way to increase the engagement when reading text. This is a great activity that requires students read the text more than once, as well as go back and forth between the questions and their answers for clarification. Click on the link above for more information.

 

 

 

5. The National Museum of African American History and Culture. Did you know the National Museum of African American History and Culture is “the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture…To date, the Museum has collected more than 36,000 artifacts.” This incredible and interactive museum opened in 2016 and is at the top of my bucket list. Their website and resources are incredible.

  • Students could select one of the stories from the collection series, research, and present their idea to the class or a small group.
  • While visiting make sure to check out the educator tab and explore. There are different options and offers you can apply for, as well as ideas and resources for educators to use in the classroom.

6. Leaders of the Movement Quote Activity This is a free download available through Teachers Pay Teachers. Students will read through impactful and influential words by some of the greatest people to have an impact on Black History. Students will then select their favorite quote, and glue it to the response page. From there they will reflect and respond to the prompts. I love this activity and the discussion that stems from it.

7. Mission US: Flight to Freedom: An interactive way to learn history. I’m always surprised how few educators know about the Mission US. In this game, students play the role of Lucy, a young slave with the hopes of escaping to freedom. Students interact with other characters, make decisions, and learn history while interacting on the platform. Can’t say enough good things about this, your students will love the adventure, and their eyes will be opened to the terrible reality that slavery was.

 

8. Primary Sources Pack a Punch. Some of the most memorable and impactful lessons I have conducted or participated in were due to primary sources being used. Primary sources are immediate, first-hand account of a topic or time. They could be photographs, journal entries, letters, speeches, newspapers, advertisements, clothing or other artifacts…etc. Thanks to the internet primary sources are as easy as a click away. My favorite tool for accessing documents from the national archives is Docs Teach.  Docs Teach is an online resource FREE to educators, meant for educators. Once you register you can search primary sources, explore already prepared activities, or even create your own and save it to the database. Get this… you can even share activities and sources to GOOGLE CLASSROOM. You’re welcome. 😀

  • When using primary sources in the classroom remember to set expectations. Before the lesson talk to them about how to appropriately react to the sources being used. Notify them that some of the sources may stir their emotions and that it’s ok, in fact, it could even be the whole purpose of the lesson.
  • David Kilpatrick, a teacher from Washington gives a few examples of how he uses primary sources in his classroom:

9. Scholastic Culture and Change: Evolution of Black History is another interactive activity students will enjoy completing. This is set up as a timeline. To complete students move through the timeline and read about different things that had an impact or related to Black History. My favorite part about this activity is the Trailblazer segments. Anytime students see a star on the timeline and click on it, they are able to read about this person’s achievements. Scholastic has other great ideas that you can explore here. 

 

10. Leaders of the Movement Portrait Zentangle This is a FREE and exclusive activity to subscribed teaching members here at OnLemonLane.com Click on the link above for more information or if you would like to download the pages simply click here.  Remember signing up to be a member is free and easy peasy Lemon Squeezy!

If you liked the activities above and want more, make sure to check out this post on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. activities. Here you will find more freebies and another On Lemon Lane member exclusive. You can also share your own ideas or join in on the discussion happening on the Teaching on Lemon Lane Facebook Group!

Phew! I hope you enjoy the activities listed, I would love to hear from you and how they go. I love to be tagged in your students’ work on Instagram! Happy Teaching!

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I know many of you are coming off Spring Break, to lighten the load and add a little laughter to the classroom I quickly put together a fun and FREE activity/ joke to play on your class 💛 This impossible word search is in disguise as a #nationalpoetrymonth activity. Students will try and find words like stanza, verse, and rhyme... but won’t come up with a dime! 😉 They may however come up with words like tomfoolery, bogus, shenanigan, joke, buffoonery...etc 😂😂😂 Hope you and your class enjoy it, and this brightens your day! Tag me if you decide to use it, tags completely make my day! Comment below and I’ll DM you the link💛
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I love the idea that the best way we can remember September 11 and #neverforget is to remember the love, and unity that was felt September 12th, and to strive to live that way each day.
On September 12th we were one nation under God.
Indivisible.
Seeking justice for all.
Love this beautiful depiction by @paigepayne_creations see her thoughts on September 12th below.
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“ And on September 12th, we all came together. We were one. My family was living in Scotland when 9/11 happened. It was everywhere, all over the news. In school the day after, we had a long moment of silence in remembrance of those who were lost. We continued to have an annual moment of silence every year after that. It was incredible that even thousands and thousands of miles apart, we were mourning with those that mourned. We were one. At that time, we all displayed what we are capable of. Even in the face of incomprehensible tragedy, humans are capable of immense love. Capable of setting aside differences and coming together as one. As we remember and pay tribute to the thousands of lives the were lost that day, let us also strive to be more like how we were on September 12, 2001. Full of love, understanding, and compassion for each other. “

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ATTENTION ALL TEACHER FRIENDS
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Tag your #teachertribe and every #firstyearteacher below for this important reminder:
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As you set up your classroom for the new school year, and start divvying out materials… Do no forget to set aside 2-4 new student kits.
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Just like @adifferentiatedclass (shown in picture) I made sets using Gallon ziplocks.
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If you are in a developing community with new housing I recommend a minimum of 4 bags 🙀
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What to include:
🍋Name-tag/Desk-plate
🍋If you adhere the plates to the desk, have a segment of what you use in the pack.
🍋Welcome Treat (same one you’ve given to each student at the open house/back to school...etc.
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📣📣📣There will likely come a day when without warning you will be notified you have a new student, and the student will start THAT DAY. Save yourself and your poor new student the stress of frantically trying to get everything set up, by preparing NOW.
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Veteran teachers what else do you include in your new student kits?? Share in the comments below⬇️⬇️⬇️
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Use paint swatches as a visual to help students sort supplies! Keep this is mind as you set up your classroom for the school year!
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My love of March shows in my resources, of all the months to have the most projects... March (of all the months???) is at the top of the list!
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I just added this CELTIC KNOT inspired Lucky Clover Craft and it turned out so fun! Use either the DIGITAL version and insert pictures into the leaves that represent why you’re lucky, or pick from one of the 18 different top layer options to create a beautiful clover like the one shown above! If you do go this route make sure to check out the EDITABLE bulletin board kit to really put these beauties on display!
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Do you love March? Why or why not? Drop a comment below 💛💛
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Selection Sunday and PI Day falling on the same day... Somebody pinch me. Two of my very favorites because of the projects you can start in your classroom 😍 Take for instance my March Math Madness PBL
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Students are separated into the 4 divisions then work together to put together a new starting 5 from players in their division. #dreamteam Each round their individual players are awards point values for how they played. At the end of each round students will calculate their team’s total points and decide which dream team comes out victorious! There are some really great opportunities to see Math in action. There’s opportunity for measurement conversion, converting fractions to decimals, ordering decimals, ratios, mean-median-mode, adding and subtracting decimals, multiplying decimals...etc. This is quickly becoming another tried and true favorite in the classroom!
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