Resources to support Black History Month

Resources team
13th September 2019
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Lesson plans, activities and display ideas to support your teaching of black history

With Black History Month just around the corner, we've picked out some of our favourite resources to help you to celebrate and raise awareness of just a few of the important figures and events of black history with your class.

Resources for younger learners

Encourage younger students to participate in the celebrations of Black History Month with this selection of lesson ideas. From exploring the lives of civil rights leaders, to researching footballers and key black inventors, there’s something to engage every pupil.

Black History Month Mini Unit

~Black History Month ~ Mini Unit ~ Famous African Americans~
With the time constraints placed on teachers today, this mini unit was created to give teachers little to no prep time.
Easy to understand and use!
We hope your students enjoy learning about these African Americans that made a difference in the world in which we live.

The Black History Month Mini Unit is composed of:
5 informational passages that are written in the 3-5 grade level range
* comprehension questions page for each passage
* Venn diagram to compare and contrast the figures
* summary pages for each individual + blank summary page
* informational passages for Martin Luther King, Jr., Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Frederick Douglass, and Booker T. Washington
* timeline template to record events for each person
* interactive notebook pages
* take home booklet (similar to the interactive notebook) - in case you don’t do interactive notebooks :)
By Becky Hawkins

KS2 Nelson Mandela Black History Month

A fantastic resource that looks at the life of Nelson Mandela and apartheid. This resource has the learning objective, success criteria and all the resources.
By sparkle1978

Black History Month Female Firsts Chatterboxes

Black History Month Female Firsts Chatterboxes: 2 chatterboxes featuring 16 pioneering Black Women. Use these Chatterboxes as an engaging research project to learn more about these inspirational women. Includes instructions and recording sheet.

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By Helen Rachel Crossley

Black History Month Task Cards

These task cards are a great way for students to learn about the major historical figures in African American history.

This product contains 24 cards that have students identify the famous African American based from a description of that person with his or her picture. A recording sheet and an answer key are included. Blank cards are also included for questions to be added, if wanted. The same 24 cards are also available in a non-multiple choice option as well.
By ScienceSpot

Resources for older students

Discover more about the work of major historical figures such as Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks, or encourage students to do their own independent research with the help of these stimulating tasks.

Black History Month: Research Activities for Teens

Black History Month: Research Activities for Teens

Are you looking for some fun independent research activities for your students to do when learning about Black History?

This resource is really easy to use in your classroom – there are 16 printable worksheets which have the name and picture of some of the heroes of Black History: some are well-known and others are unsung heroes.

Students can then undertake their own research (at home or in lessons) to find out more about these people, and then reflect on why they think they are so inspirational and have made such a positive impact on Black History. There is also a blank version at the end for students to research their own hero!

Resource includes:
• Martin Luther King Jr.
• Frederick Douglass
• Harriet Tubman
• Mary Seacole
• George Washington Carver
• Booker T. Washington
• Rosa Parks
• Muhammad Ali
• Malcolm X
• William H. Hastie
• Maya Angelou
• Thurgood Marshall
• Nelson Mandela
• James Meredith
• Ruby Bridges
• Elijah McCoy

This is great way for students to do some background research on some of the heroes that have shaped Black History and can be completed at home or during a lesson - there are plenty to choose from!
These worksheets would also look great displayed on a wall display or stapled into a booklet for students to keep!


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By TeachersResourceForce

Civil Rights: The Jim Crow Era

The USA Reconstruction Era.

  • Reconstruction 1870-1900
  • Jim Crow
  • Source Investigation
    -The Ku Klux Klan
  • The NAACP
  • Cartoon Analysis
By Phil @icHistory

Black History Month: Black icons

A lesson that explores:

  • why Black History Month exists (and why ‘White History Month’ doesn’t)
  • videos, worksheets and activities focussing on six key people/moments in black history (Rosa Parks, Maya Angelou, Barack Obama, Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela and the Slave Trade)
By missmorrisrules

Civil Rights: Escape Room - Social Studies

This breakout escape room is a fun way for students to test their knowledge with the major historical figures and events during the Civil Rights Movement.


♦ Teacher Instructions with Usage Guide and FAQ ♦ 20 Multiple Choice Questions ♦ 5 Decoders for each of the 5 Levels ♦ Student Recording Sheet and Teacher Answer Key ♦ Link to an optional, but recommended, digital breakout room
By ScienceSpot

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