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Black History Month Resources

February 19, 2020

Teachers looking for Black History activities can visit for lessons like making a “Rocket Like Mae Jemison” who was the first African American woman to enter space or students can learn about the underground railroad by making a “Drinking Gourd Window Cut-Out.”  Students can also learn about Jackie Robinson, who was the first professional African-American player by making a baseball card.

Scholastic has lessons such as teaching students about African American inventors like Alfred L. Cralle who invented the ice cream scoop or teaching students about African American Olympians such as Gabby Douglas.

Education World has activities like having students learn about African American culture through African folktales or having students read personal accounts of slavery then write a slave’s account of freedom.

Bookflix includes lesson plans to go along with their paired books and videos such as the video Amazing Grace and book Jack Robinson: A Life of Determination.  There are other Black History videos and books like The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson, Ruby Bridges by Simone T. Ribke, Rosa by Nikki Giovanni, Rosa Parks by Wil Mara, Show Way by Jacqueline Woodson, and Harriet Tubman by Wil Mara.

The National Education Association has a variety of classroom resources including lesson plans like teaching students about the Harlem Renaissance, videos like “Legacy: Black and White in American” which compares life now to that of the Civil Rights generation, and printables such as a timeline of segregationist laws and court rulings.

Here’s a few library books about Black History: 

For more information or help in finding resources about Black History stop by your local library or call the Children's Department at 419-521-3130.

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