Black History Month Ideas for Upper Elementary

It is important to be teaching your students about important African Americans, the contributions they have made throughout history, and our nation's discriminatory treatment of black people and other people of color throughout the ENTIRE school year. However, black history month is a great time to make sure you are celebrating different African American heroes that have shaped America's history.

Below, find:

  • ideas for having your students complete a black history month research project
  • biographies of various, not as well known African Americans that will engage your third, fourth, and fifth grade students
  • a no prep black history month freebie that will help your students learn more about Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa Parks

Setting up an organizing a black history month research project for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students.

A black history month research project is a great way to help students learn about African American heroes.  See ideas for setting up and organizing a project so that your 3rd grade, 4th grade, and 5th grade students will be successful.

biographies that make great read alouds for black history month

Help your students learn more about lesser known African American heroes.  These biographies make great read alouds for black history month and will motivate students to overcome challenges in their own lives.

Setting up an organizing a black history month research project for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students.

This no prep freebie makes a great social studies or reading center for black history month.  Students create trading cards for Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa Parks, and then complete reading comprehension activities.

 

For an engaging no prep activity for black history month check my Black History Month Trading Cards with Reading Comprehension Activities resource.  This makes a great reading or social studies center for upper elementary students, and it can be used throughout all of February.

It will introduce your students to a variety of African Americans, including:

  • Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Sojourner Truth
  • Thurgood Marshall
  • Booker T. Washington
  • Frederick Douglas
  • Harriet Tubman
  • George Washington Carver
  • Carol Moseley Braun
  • Maya Angelou
  • Jesse Owens
  • Rosa Parks
  • Duke Ellington
  • Benjamin Banneker
  • Louis Armstrong
  • Hank Aaron

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