Teaching Black History Month (free file)

 

Black History Month Lesson Plans for kindergarten through second grade.  February is a perfect month to explore the genre of biographies.  Learning about the courageous men and women in black history while diving deep into reading comprehension provides an ideal opportunity.

Biographies

These are the three books we used to help guide our exploration into biographies:

Black History Month Lesson Plans for kindergarten and first grade. Learning about biographies and text features of informational text is the background for this classroom activity set. Biographies of Frederick Douglass, Rosa Parks, and George Washington Carver are included. Timelines, table of contents, glossary, and more are included in this reading comprehension unit. Cute crafts and a free file too!

We created book questions to help guide our conversations.

Biographical Timelines

Part of our genre study involved looking at timelines.  We created our own to go along with each biography.

Black History Month Lesson Plans for kindergarten and first grade. Learning about biographies and text features of informational text is the background for this classroom activity set. Biographies of Frederick Douglass, Rosa Parks, and George Washington Carver are included. Timelines, table of contents, glossary, and more are included in this reading comprehension unit. Cute crafts and a free file too! 

Black History Month Lesson Plans for kindergarten and first grade. Learning about biographies and text features of informational text is the background for this classroom activity set. Biographies of Frederick Douglass, Rosa Parks, and George Washington Carver are included. Timelines, table of contents, glossary, and more are included in this reading comprehension unit. Cute crafts and a free file too!Black History Month Lesson Plans for kindergarten and first grade. Learning about biographies and text features of informational text is the background for this classroom activity set. Biographies of Frederick Douglass, Rosa Parks, and George Washington Carver are included. Timelines, table of contents, glossary, and more are included in this reading comprehension unit. Cute crafts and a free file too!

And then students use these timelines to create their own versions.  Here is the Rosa Parks version.

Black History Month Lesson Plans for kindergarten and first grade. Learning about biographies and text features of informational text is the background for this classroom activity set. Biographies of Frederick Douglass, Rosa Parks, and George Washington Carver are included. Timelines, table of contents, glossary, and more are included in this reading comprehension unit. Cute crafts and a free file too!

Biographical Anchor Charts

We also used the text information to construct these anchor charts.

Here is George Washington Carver.

Black History Month Lesson Plans for kindergarten and first grade. Learning about biographies and text features of informational text is the background for this classroom activity set. Biographies of Frederick Douglass, Rosa Parks, and George Washington Carver are included. Timelines, table of contents, glossary, and more are included in this reading comprehension unit. Cute crafts and a free file too!
Correction: I kind reader reminded me that the words we use are important. She wrote, “People weren’t born Slaves…They were born People and forced into slavery! It’s important the verbiage we use when shaping young children minds.” As teachers, we should also be constantly learning and updating our practices. I appreciate this friend who took a moment to bring this to my attention.

Frederick Douglass (I really would have loved to have met him).

Black History Month Lesson Plans for kindergarten and first grade. Learning about biographies and text features of informational text is the background for this classroom activity set. Biographies of Frederick Douglass, Rosa Parks, and George Washington Carver are included. Timelines, table of contents, glossary, and more are included in this reading comprehension unit. Cute crafts and a free file too!
Correction: From this point forward, I will no longer use the expression “born a slave” but rather, “was born and forced into slavery.”

As we approach Black History Month (and every month thereafter), I think it is important to have conversations with our students about race and bias.  However, sometimes it is hard to know what to say or fearing that you will say the wrong thing.   So I wanted to share a resource that may help guide you.

Thank you to USC Rossier for reaching out to me!

Here is Rosa Parks.

Black History Month Lesson Plans for kindergarten and first grade. Learning about biographies and text features of informational text is the background for this classroom activity set. Biographies of Frederick Douglass, Rosa Parks, and George Washington Carver are included. Timelines, table of contents, glossary, and more are included in this reading comprehension unit. Cute crafts and a free file too!

The students use these anchor charts to work on writing their own version of a biography.

Black History Month Lesson Plans for kindergarten and first grade. Learning about biographies and text features of informational text is the background for this classroom activity set. Biographies of Frederick Douglass, Rosa Parks, and George Washington Carver are included. Timelines, table of contents, glossary, and more are included in this reading comprehension unit. Cute crafts and a free file too!

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Black History Month Lesson Plans for kindergarten and first grade. Learning about biographies and text features of informational text is the background for this classroom activity set. Biographies of Frederick Douglass, Rosa Parks, and George Washington Carver are included. Timelines, table of contents, glossary, and more are included in this reading comprehension unit. Cute crafts and a free file too!

Teaching Black History Month (free file) 2Black History Month Lesson Plans for kindergarten and first grade. Learning about biographies and text features of informational text is the background for this classroom activity set. Biographies of Frederick Douglass, Rosa Parks, and George Washington Carver are included. Timelines, table of contents, glossary, and more are included in this reading comprehension unit. Cute crafts and a free file too!

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You can find these activities in our Black History Month Nonfiction Reading Comprehension Unit.  

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Last year, I created a Black History writing station unit for free!  These follow the same format as my other Writing Work Station Units.

Celebrating Black History Month in February with a FREE download. Find out the read aloud books my classroom used to learn more about the Amazing Americans in history. Valentine themed centers are also included! Celebrating Black History Month in February with a FREE download. Find out the read aloud books my classroom used to learn more about the Amazing Americans in history. Valentine themed centers are also included!

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    My teaching career allowed me to experience teaching in different classroom environments and grades. My heart belongs to early childhood education. My job is to make teaching FUN, ENGAGING, and EASIER. Welcome!

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    1. People weren’t born Slaves…They were born People and forced into slavery! Its important the verbiage we use when shaping young children minds.

      1. Yes, yes, yes! Thank you for saying something and taking a moment to make the distinction. I have made an edit to my blog post to reflect this. THANK YOU!

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