by Megan Bittner
February is Black History Month! Enjoy these ideas for incorporating lessons on African-American influence into your homeschool. Here are some ideas to apply across your curriculum, including science and invention, music and arts, literature and poetry, and field trips.
This blog post from Homeschooling Help offers some excellent ideas for character studies and ways to incorporate black history into a variety of subjects.
Time 4 Learning shares ideas for activities and field trips for all ages.
This Jeopardy-style quiz game can be played by one or two players.
This timeline of key moments in black history from Info Please provides excellent inspiration for a project that can be tailored to fit students of all ages. Select a period from the timeline–or the whole thing–and have students research and create their own illustrated timeline.
Younger students will love these detailed coloring pages featuring various stories and influential figures in black history.
This article from How Stuff Works details the work of 10 black scientists, from well-known George Washington Carver and James West to some others you may not have heard of.
Use this lesson plan activity from Scholastic to teach middle-school students about some famous African American inventors.
Students can research any or all of the people on this list of over twenty African American inventors and the patent numbers assigned to their unique inventions.
This Artsedge lesson by the Kennedy Center is geared toward elementary-school-aged students and details how jazz music is reflective of the Harlem Renaissance.
The Smithsonian American Art Museum is home to one of the most significant collections of African American art in the world, boasting more than two thousand works by more than two hundred African American artists. Visit the museum in D.C., or browse the online gallery if the trip is a bit too far.
Explore this list of photographers, painters, and sculptors on Biography.
My Bondage and My Freedom by Frederick Douglass
Rosa Parks: My Story by Rosa Parks and Jim Haskins
The Pact: Three Young Men Make a Promise and Fulfill a Dream by Sampson Davis, George Jenkins, and Rameck Hunt
The Annotated African American Folktales by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Maria Tatar
“For My People” by Margaret Walker
“Caged Bird” by Maya Angelou
“I, Too” by Langston Hughes
“Miz Rosa Rides the Bus” by Angela Jackson
“Lift Every Voice and Sing” by James Weldon Johnson
“Booker T. and W.E.B.” by Dudley Randall
“Frederick Douglass” by Robert Hayden
“On Liberty and Slavery” by George Moses Horton
Heroes in Black History: True Stories from the Lives of Christian Heroes by Dave and Netta Jackson
100 African-Americans Who Shaped American History by Chrisanne Beckner
The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles
Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt by Deborah Hopkinson
Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
Mae Among the Stars by Roda Ahmed
Tiny Stitches: The Life of Medical Pioneer Vivien Thomas by Gwendolyn Hooks
Learn the stories of these less well-known notable figures and use them as inspiration for lessons in which students can write reports, illustrate stories, create life timelines, and more.
Benjamin Banneker – Self-educated mathematician, astronomer, compiler of almanacs, and writer who built the first striking clock in the United States (Learn more about Benjamin Banneker and clock-building in this Homeschool Classroom.)
Another book about Benjamin Banneker on the elementary reading level is What Are You Figuring Now?: A Story About Benjamin Banneker by Jeri Ferris.
James Armistead – Revolutionary War-era spy for the American forces
Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumpler – First African American woman in the United States to earn an M.D. degree
Maggie Walker – First female bank president of any race to charter a bank in the United States
Dr. Philip Emeagwali – Noted inventor who used his observations of bees and their honeycomb structure to build the world’s fastest computer in 1989
Eunice Hunton Carter – One of New York’s first black female lawyers and one of the first black prosecutors in the United States
Dorothy Height – Virginia-born civil rights and women’s rights activist
Shirley Chisholm – First African American congresswoman and first major-party black candidate to make a bid for presidency
Robert Smalls – Enslaved man who gained his freedom after the Civil War and became ship’s pilot, sea captain, and politician
Mae Jemison – First African American female astronaut and first black woman in space
Black History Museum – Alexandria
Historic Hopewell Foundation – Hopewell
Afro-American Historical Association –The Plains
The Black History Museum – Richmond
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