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Teaching About Influential Black Leaders of History

The celebration of Black History Month are right around the corner. This is a beautiful time to celebrate diversity in your classroom! I have been researching and gathering tools to help in the celebration. I enjoy having my students research and study the influential leaders that have impacted our society. I want to share some of my favorite resources I use and created, some great books to read, and of course I want to share with you a great freebie that you will love using during your studies of Influential Black Leaders.

I have always believed with the dynamic diversity we have in our classrooms that it is important to teach students about different cultures and people who have impacted our society. Many of the leaders we focus on these next 2 months are important heroes. My students love studying and learning about our great leader Dr. Martin Luther King. We begin our unit of Black History with his celebration and continue our research and celebration the month of February. There are some wonderful books that I use that truly inspire our learning. 
 These are a few of my favorite. Most of these books can be purchased via Barnes and Noble, Scholastic, and Amazon. I read aloud one picture book every week, my kids love rereading them and sharing their new finds from the library. 

I would assign students to work on these Black History Month Activities individually or in groups. As you see there are 12 influential individuals that we focused on. [see below]. I created several activities to choose from for our month long study. At our campus I was in charge of Black History Month, so I created lots and each day of the month we celebrated one individual on the announcements. It truly was a meaningful month of learning and inspiration. 

My favorite activities that we used are:
For my activities we focus on these individuals famous individuals due to the research available. I would allow students to conduct research at the library or kid safe internet sites- I included sites I used for research in all my packets! As a teacher I know that having enough research is difficult... so a handy tip I used is: Print all the research from each individual ahead of time [from your favorite sites] and have it available for students. I do this mainly because of the lack of technology per classroom for each student to research at the same time. Here is a list of some of the individuals we focused on:
  • Frederick Douglass
  • Thurgood Marshall
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Sojourner Truth
  • Sarah E. Goode
  • Ruby Bridges
  • Rosa Parks
  • Jackie Robinson
  • Jesse Owens
  • Marcus Garvey
  • Harriet Tubman
  • Booker T. Washington
  • a total of 29 in the Pennant and Brochure Packets!
  • And a blank slide to study any other influential leader
Activities we worked on:
They can choose from my Pennants, Brochures, and Lapbook! I have them complete the following research on the following: 
  • Information on Early Life
  • Information on Adult Life
  • Important Events
  • Legacy and Famous Quotes
  • We Celebrate... Because...
Students would present to class and learn about all these Famous Individuals for Black History Month. It is wonderful because the students love sharing all the information and research they discovered. On the back of the pennants the students would post real images that they found through the research. Click on any of the below to see what I use with my students!
Thank you for visiting and finding some ideas to teach your students!

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