Black history is an integral part of history that typically gets overlooked or glossed over in the classroom. There’s a laundry list of black historical figures that have invented and/or contributed remarkably to society. Unfortunately, they don’t get the notoriety they deserve because textbooks continue to marginalize black history.
I know how intimidating and sensitive teaching black history can be, so I wanted to share these wonderful resources that my boys and their friends have enjoyed in our homeschool. These resources are tested and approved by children to ensure they are palatable, educational, and fun!
How I Teach Black History in Our Homeschool
Each year we have a theme. Last year, we learned about Black inventors. This year, the theme was Black women in history. We focused on one historical figure each week so that we could really go in-depth and make them memorable.
Pictured above is our Bessie Coleman lesson. We invited a few friends over to have what we like to call “Lunch & Lesson.” Using my Black Women in History resources as a base, here’s how we made this lesson super fun:
Introduction: I used my Bessie Coleman read-aloud worksheet to introduce the historical figure and go over important key terms.
Activity: I let the kiddos choose from one of the many activities offered in my Bessie Coleman resource. Activities range from cut and paste to handwriting practice.
Read-aloud: I read beautiful books about Bessie Coleman while the kiddos worked on their activity.
Craft: We built and painted wooden airplanes while listening to fun music.
Free play: Of course, we let the kiddos run around flying their wooden airplanes!
Keep reading for more information on my resource, Black Women in History. I will discuss each historical figure included, the skills these resources help develop and strengthen, a list of everything included, and a chance to preview and download from my store, Nike Anderson’s Classroom.
Black Women In History Every Child Should Know
1. Wilma Rudolph
In 1960, Wilma Rudolph became the first American woman to win three gold medals in track and field at a single Olympics. She was so fast that her nickname was “Skeeter.” Her ability to break records made her the most popular sprinter of the Rome Olympic Games. She went on to become an international star athlete, teacher, and coach.
2. Sojourner Truth
Sojourner Truth was a famous activist for civil rights and women’s rights. She was best known for her 1851 speech “Ain’t I a Woman?” delivered at the Women’s Rights Convention in Akron, Ohio. In 1864, she met President Abraham Lincoln to discuss helping freedmen from the South. With Lincoln’s help, Truth provided care, food, and shelter to help newly freed slaves survive emancipation.
3. Phillis Wheatley
Phillis Wheatley was the first published African American female poet. In 1773, she published her first book of poetry, Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral. Her poetry brought her fame in England and the American colonies. Wheatley’s poetry even impressed George Washington, whom she had the honor of meeting during the Revolutionary era.
4. Marian Anderson
Marian Anderson earned her fame using her beautiful voice to sing before kings and presidents around the world. In 1936, She sang at the White House for Franklin Roosevelt and his wife, Eleanor. In 1955, Anderson became the first black soloist to sing a part with the New York Metropolitan Opera House. She received a standing ovation before she even sang her song!
5. Bessie Coleman
Bessie Coleman was the first African American woman to earn a pilot’s license. But it was not easy. She couldn’t attend any flight schools in America because of her gender and race. Instead, Coleman had to sail all the way to France to attend flight school. After earning her license in 1921, she became a barnstormer and performed air shows.
Thank you for your interest in these resources! These resources are not a curriculum and are best used as a supplement for Black History. The packets include activities to help students learn about black historical figures, Marian Anderson, Phillis Wheatley, Sojourner Truth, Wilma Rudolph, and Bessie Coleman. Similar products, including bundle deals, can be purchased at my online store, Nike Anderson’s Classroom.
There’s no right way to utilize these activities. Feel free to mix and match the ones you’d like to use in your classroom. These activities can be used as classwork, homework, assessments, peer group assignments, booklets, reports, early finisher work, and more!
Develop and Reinforce the Following Skills:
· Reading comprehension
· Critical thinking
· Fine motor
What’s Included? 45 Activities! Each Figure Includes the Following:
1. Read-Aloud: Read a brief biography of the historical figure and practice key terms with your students to help maximize knowledge retention.
2. Coloring Activity: Use this activity to reinforce fun facts, encourage creativity, and discuss one of the historical figure’s famous quotes.
3. Reading Comprehension Activity: Assess mastery of the material using this easy-to-follow reading comprehension and story sequencing activity.
4. Cut and Paste Activity: Use this activity as a gentle, but fun, way to assess comprehension.
5. Handwriting Activity (2 options): These activities are for students who need more handwriting practice (or are early finishers). Beginners may use the tracing activity. Advanced students can use the blank handwriting sheet.
6. Reflection Activity (2 options): Make the material more meaningful to your students by allowing them to reflect and form opinions. For students that have trouble expressing themselves in written language, use the drawing option!
7. Kinesthetic Activity Game: Add to the fun using this True or False jumping game. This kinesthetic activity is a perfect way for students to get those wiggles out and demonstrate what they’ve learned.
Take a Closer Look!
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- Talkin’ About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman
- Fly High: The Story of Bessie Coleman
- Wilma Unlimited | How Wilma Rudolph Became the World’s Fastest Woman
- The Quickest Kid in Clarksville
- Who Was Sojourner Truth
- Sojourner Truth: Voice for Freedom
- Phillis Wheatley: Legendary African-American Poet
- A Voice of Her Own: Candlewick Biographies: The Story of Phillis Wheatley, Slave Poet
- Marian Anderson: A Great Singer (Great African Americans Series)
- Marian Anderson: A Voice Uplifted