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[Celebrate Black History Month] Free Resources for the Elementary Classroom

[Celebrate Black History Month] Free Resources for the Elementary Classroom

Each February in the United States, we observe Black History Month, where we honor and celebrate the achievements and important contributions made by black Americans throughout our nation’s history.

Black History Month provides a wonderful opportunity for educators to teach their students about the pivotal role black Americans have played in U.S. history, and to help students recognize the importance of social, political, and economic equality as it applies to race. To help you celebrate Black History Month in your classroom, we have prepared a Black History Month Topical Resources toolkit from EducationCity, stuffed with fun activities and resources your students will love.

Black History month is also the perfect time to help your students get acquainted with some of the many influential black Americans from our nation’s history, including those who aren’t as well-known. We’ve compiled this list of outstanding resources to share with your class that spotlight the lives and accomplishments of some of the most fascinating black Americans. Kick off your lesson with this video on the Origins of Black History Month, which discusses the man behind the movement, Dr. Carter G. Woodson. Then, browse these resources and help your students discover other important figures and historical events to celebrate as you explore black history: 

Harriet Tubman: Famous conductor of the Underground Railroad, Harriet Tubman, helped escort over 300 Southern slaves to freedom during the Civil War. She even bragged to Fredrick Douglass that in all of her 19 trips, she “never lost a single passenger.”

Madame C. J. Walker: Madame C.J. Walker was a resourceful entrepreneur and self-made millionaire who sold beauty products for black women. She used her money to make a difference in her community and empower the people around her.

George Washington Carver: George Washington Carver wasn’t just “the peanut man”. He worked tirelessly to improve the lives of Southern sharecroppers, and laid the foundations for agricultural scientists to consider the many possibilities available when it came to sustainable agriculture and renewable resources.

Rosa Parks: There’s always more to learn about one of the most influential American civil-rights activists and leaders, Rosa Parks. You should also check out this link for 10 Things You May Not Know About Rosa Parks.

Katherine Johnson: Katherine Johnson is a mathematician and former NASA employee, whose calculations helped to successfully launch the first American astronauts into space, orbiting around the earth, and the first ever human mission to the moon. You may recognize her story from the recent film “Hidden Figures” where Johnson was portrayed by award-winning actress, Taraji P. Henson.

Ruby Bridges: Ruby was the first African American child to integrate an all-white elementary school, in November of 1960. Even though she was only a child, Ruby’s courage helped to advance the Civil Rights Movement.

Mae C. Jemison: On September 12, 1992, physician Mae. C. Jemison became the first African-American woman in space. She acted as the science mission specialist, and conducted several experiments on motion sickness and weightlessness on herself and her fellow crew members.

Barack Obama: Barack Obama became the first black man to have been elected President of the United States on November 4, 2008. He served for two terms, and although he is no longer in office, Obama continues to help others, and work to make America a better place.

Interested in exploring more content to celebrate important events and holidays this month? Check out our other Free March Topical Resources from EducationCity for fun, interactive toolkits celebrating Safe Internet Day and President’s Day!