In honor of the Outliers in Education eBook release approaching and Black History Month in full swing, Outliers Publishing has putting together a list of Black History Month educational resources for teachers. If you didn’t read our blog on Black History Month, check it out here.
Black History Month is a great reminder for teachers to incorporate black history into regular lesson plans. There is plenty for students to discover about influential African Americans, different cultures and the evolution of rights in our country.
A plethora of educational resources can be found online; however, here are our four favorite resource websites for teachers.
Our 4 Favorite Online Educational Resources for Black History Month:
- Scholastic: Black History Month Unit: Scholastic has an awesome collection for Black History Month from articles, videos, projects and more.
- On Scholastic, there are over 40 items that can be used to teach and each item has the grade level that is appropriate for lesson.
- Don’t teach history or English? You can still use their lessons, there are ideas that can be brought into math, science and other subjects. For example, in music class, students can listen to a song and talk about the composition. In addition, a math class can learn about Gee’s Bend Quilts to reinforce fractions.
- Education World: Black History Special Education World has over 10 items that teachers can use for Black History Month.
- Not every activity or article has a grade level; however, a teacher could adapt most of what they see to be used in their own classroom.
- They have several fun educational activities like a play called Now Let Me Fly. This play is about the Brown v. Board decision and can be found in three versions: easier youth (elementary), youth (junior high and high school) and full version (community productions).
- National Education Association: On the National Education Association’s (NEA) website, resources are broken down into three categories: Grades K-5, Grades 6-8 and Grades 9-12. Within each category, teachers can find lesson plans, activities, background resources, arts, science, sports, quizzes printables, and videos.
- Science teachers can print of esheets of inspirational stories about African American scientists for their students. These esheets have additional directions on how to teach the class, an assessment and multiple extensions. For example, science teachers can have students research other science disciplines and present their findings to the class.
- In addition, videos for Black History Month that include programs about searching for lost history can be found on NEA. These videos provide additional information about research, scholarships, science and resources for people to find out more about their genealogy.
- African American History Month Official Website: On the official African American History Month website, teachers can pull lesson plans, activities, guides and research aids from the Library of Congress, National Archives, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art and National Park Service.
- Resources that align with common core can be found here. For example, a novel about Nigeria called Thins Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe covers several college and career readiness standards. Teachers can download everything they need for an entire lesson, including background, preparation, rubrics, instructions, activities, assessments and how to extend the lesson.
- Want to bring artwork into the classroom? No problem, you can find lessons that involve artwork from African American artists and lessons on how to help students use techniques on breaking down what they see in the artwork.