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15 Black History Month Activities for February and Beyond

We Are Teachers – Tanya Merriman

“First, let it be said: black history is American history. But observing Black History Month in the month of February gives us a chance to focus on a part of our shared history that the founder, Carter G. Woodson, observed was at risk of disappearing. Of course it is wonderful to recognize the contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks. But there are lots of ways to go beyond the typical inventors and sports heroes so that every child can connect to and learn from the amazing contributions of the African-American community. Here are just some of our favorite Black History Month activities for the classroom.” (more)

Famous African American Inventors

Scholastic – Staff Writer

“Meet 14 inventors who changed history with their contributions to science, industry, business, agriculture, transportation, and communication. Think about what kind of obstacles they may have faced, both personally and professionally.” (more)

U.S. presidents on the Internet!

Education World – Gary Hopkins

“Do you know why George Washington is never smiling in portraits? (Would you smile if your false teeth were made out of cow’s tooth, hippopotamus ivory, metal, and springs?) Did you know that President Ulysses S. Grant once received a speeding ticket while driving his team of horses in Washington, D.C.? Do you know which president was so big that he sometimes got stuck in the White House bathtub?.” (more)

Rosa Parks Changed The Rules

Education World – Gary Hopkins

“In this activity, students listen to or read a selection describing the events of December 1, 1955. Then they read the rules that people had to follow on the bus. They label an illustration of the bus to reflect those rules. Read aloud to students a book about Rosa Parks. If you are unable to locate a book, you can read the story that follows:.” (more)

Martin Luther King Jr.: A Fact or Opinion Activity

Education World – Staff Writer

“Do your students understand the difference between fact and opinion? Explain to students that a fact is real or true and its truth can be verified. An opinion is a belief or judgment that cannot be verified; it may or may not be true.”(more)