January 29, 2019

Black History Month: Resources and Activities for Your Classroom

While I'm glad there is an entire month dedicated to Black History, I don't think teachers should only teach about Black History this month. It should be taught throughout the school year. Also, there is a huge push, at least in my district, to focus on people besides Rosa Parks and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. However, I am finding that through this push, my students do not know some of the most notable in history. Personally, I strive to find ways to teach my students about as many people and events as I can! This way, if we find someone they want to know more about, I usually can refer them to a book or we can research them together.

Now that I said that, I can get off of my soapbox and share Black History Month: Resources and Activities for Your Classroom.

Black History Month: Resources and Activities for Your Classroom

Disclaimer: There are links to resources in this post. Clicking on them will not cost you anything extra but will earn me a commission if you buy something.


Books


This is always my favorite category. I have so many books that I love reading this month that I don't get to them all. Keep in mind that next month is Women's History, so some of these books definitely work then as well. 

Even if you can't read them all to your students, having them available for students to have access to is a must!





I could keep going! There are so many amazing books that I love to read, including both fiction and non-fiction. One thing I do like to emphasize are books written about children. Students that see others their age doing incredible things is inspiring.


Music



I am obsessed with using music in the classroom. Music helps students with their reading fluency, gets them moving, and evokes strong emotions.





It's fun to read about famous musicians and then listen to the music. These songs also work well as dancing brain breaks, during quiet time, as background music, or having students draw while listening to the music. Click the pic below to read my Fluency Through Music blog post. There, you will find FREE musical big books (and more songs) that you can use this month.


Fluency Through Music:  Using music to help your students build fluency when reading.


Activities:




* My favorite activity goes with Henry's Freedom Box. Use giant moving boxes (I got mine from Walmart). Let students sit inside the box so they can experience what this was like for Henry. It's an extremely powerful activity. Afterwards, I have my students write about the experience. (Please note: It's optional for my students to get in the box, but I have never had a student opt out.)

Confessions of a Frazzled Teacher

* Last year, my boys were obsessed with figuring out who is the greatest basketball player ever, Steph Curry or Michael Jordan (LeBron James was mentioned and discarded). Because of this debate, we researched stats to compare and contrast the two. We made a giant Venn diagram made out of hula hoops to better compare them. 

Side note: I could have just told them the answer is Michael Jordan of course! I am a Chicago girl that grew up with M.J. in the 90's.

* Along with my obsession with books, I also have an obsession with task cards. Here are some of the ones that I have made that we will definitely be using. The Black History Month Task Cards work well in giving clues for students to research to figure out who they are. Click the pics to see more information about them.

Black History Inventors 3 Digit Addition Task Cards     Black History Task Cards

* I mentioned brain breaks with music. This can be done in other ways too. One example is celebrating Garrett Morgan with a game of Red Light/Green Light. Another way is to work on choreographing a dance like Debbie Allen. Getting students moving always makes for memorable moments!

Before you go, let me send you off with a little freebie - differentiated math. Click on the pic below to get this freebie!


What do you do to celebrate Black History Month in your classroom?

February is Black History Month. This blog post brings a roundup of resources and activities for your classroom that everyone will love! From books and music to activities and brain breaks. There is something in the blog post to meet all your students' needs. Bonus - There are a couple of freebies inside! #confessionsofafrazzledteacher {Second, Third, Fourth, and Fifth Graders}

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