why we celebrate black history month Ideas?
If you’re wondering why we celebrate black history month, get to know Dr. Carter G. Woodson, the king of Black History Month Ideas. He was an Ivy League educated man who created an association dedicated to the study of African American history and spreading that history to the public. Dr. Carter G. Woodson believed that there needed to be more role-models for African Americans and that more African American history needed to be taught in the US. He began by encouraging schools and organizations to teach about black history for one week in February. Later it turned into Black History Month.
Black History Month Ideas
My favorite way to celebrate black history month is through teaching nuggets of knowledge about historical figures and influential people. I share stories with students about people they never heard of that have made a huge impact on our society such as Patricia Bath (created a laserphaco probe that removes cataracts more gently and came up with a math equation that predicts cancer cell growth), Charles Drew (figured out how to store blood and led to blood transfusions), and Phillip Emeagwali (created a computer network that led to the development of the Internet). Students and society at large need to know and celebrate this information so we can conquer stigmas and negative stereotypes that black people still face today. The best black history month ideas include reading, writing, discussion, and of course games.
black history month resources
You can find a lot of black history month resources on Teachers Pay Teachers. I have 8 resources for black history month. One of my resources is journal prompts for middle schoolers and the other resources are about influential men, women, authors, and inventors which include fact cards, games and activities for grades 4-6.
black history month themes
One of the best black history month themes is perseverance. Discuss how people beat the odds and catapulted, influenced or ensured some of the most important changes in US history.
Another theme could be challenging stereotypes. Take a look at as many famous black inventors as you can and see how African Americans have made a huge impact on a national and global scale.
Black History month ppt
Instead of going through one long black history month PowerPoint, I recommend showing one fact a day from a PowerPoint presentation. That way students can focus on one important person at a time. They can really take in the information, digest it, analyze it, and appreciate it. Review 5 people a week and every Friday play a game about what the students learned. By the end of the month the students will have learned about 20 people.
black history timeline printable
Timelines are great for orienting students on important historical events, changes, and conflict. It gives students a broad overview of what happened and when, but I like to go beyond that by having class discussions and doing activities with the timeline such as guessing games, bingo, or memory games.
black history month worksheets
You know what’s great for providing your students with the facts? Black history month worksheets! I only provide inspiration stories and information so my students stay engaged. I don’t worry too much about dates, but rather the stories of perseverance and success. If you want to learn more about my inspiring journal prompts for Black History Month, check out my blog post here.
printable black history worksheets
You can use printables or digital resources depending on what’s available to you and your students. I offer all of my resources in both black and white and color. I think colored printables perk the student’s interest, but in reality it’s the inspirational stories that keep them engaged and yearning to learn more.
black history month coloring pages
For younger students, black history month coloring coloring pages are great to get to know the names and highlights of historical figures from black history month. I highly encourage you to introduce students to influential people who are unsung heroes in American history because it challenges stigmas, stereotypes and racism.
black history trivia questions and answers
I have 38 fact cards filled with black history trivia questions and answers with 8 options for games and activities in the classroom. The activities include sorts, matching, memory games, charades, pictionary, guessing games, board races, a koosh ball game, and an Olympic race game that covers all of the facts from the 38 fact cards about black authors, inventors, and civil rights leaders. If you’re interested in this material, check it out here.