Happy Black History Month!
For those of you who’ve been following my Instastories and are patiently awaiting my latest resources for Black Women in History, wait no more!
I’m pleased to announce that this series is now available at my online shop, Nike Anderson’s Classroom. If this is your first time reading about Nike Anderson’s Classroom, follow me there to be the first to know when I upload new FREEBIES! You will also have access to my most popular resources in geography, black history, reading comprehension, and more.
Creating these resources was no walk in the park. I spent countless hours reading scholarly articles and books, searching for clipart and royalty-free images, reading fine-print to copyright laws, drafting, creating, editing and re-editing—I think you catch my drift, haha. I mention this to say: please respect my work and adhere to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).
Like most of my resources, these projects were created to use in my own classroom. Not only do I use what I create, but these resources are also tested and approved by children to ensure they are palatable and age-appropriate. Any child from grades pre-k thru forth-grade can enjoy these resources, but they are most suitable for a second to third-grade reading level.
Why Teach Black History?
Because it’s an integral part of history that typically gets overlooked or glossed over in the classroom. I personally believe black history should be learned and taught year-round and not just in February. Nevertheless, I’m glad that even for just one month we are taking the time to teach children this important history. You wouldn’t believe how many wonderfully intelligent people I meet that know very little about black history. Even worse? People who don’t view it as important enough to teach to their children or in their classrooms.
I wanted to make these resources available to those of you looking to ready your classrooms for Black History Month (or use them year-round!). I know how intimidating and sensitive teaching this material can be, so I made the job easier for you! Below, you will learn the black women highlighted in this series, how to use these resources in your classroom, a detailed description of everything included, the skills these resources help develop, and suggested book titles to enrich your lesson.
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I Chose to Highlight the Following Black Women:
1. Wilma Rudolph
In 1960, Wilma Rudolph became the first American woman to win three gold medals in track and field at a single Olympics. She was so fast that her nickname was “Skeeter.” Her ability to break records made her the most popular sprinter of the Rome Olympic Games. She went on to become an international star athlete, teacher, and coach.
2. Sojourner Truth
Sojourner Truth was a famous activist for civil rights and women’s rights. She was best known for her 1851 speech “Ain’t I a Woman?” delivered at the Women’s Rights Convention in Akron, Ohio. In 1864, she met President Abraham Lincoln to discuss helping freedmen from the South. With Lincoln’s help, Truth provided care, food, and shelter to help newly freed slaves survive emancipation.
3. Phillis Wheatley
Phillis Wheatley was the first published African American female poet. In 1773, she published her first book of poetry, Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral. Her poetry brought her fame in England and the American colonies. Wheatley’s poetry even impressed George Washington, whom she had the honor of meeting during the Revolutionary era.
4. Marian Anderson
Marian Anderson earned her fame using her beautiful voice to sing before kings and presidents around the world. In 1936, She sang at the White House for Franklin Roosevelt and his wife, Eleanor. In 1955, Anderson became the first black soloist to sing a part with the New York Metropolitan Opera House. She received a standing ovation before she even sang her song!
5. Bessie Coleman
Bessie Coleman was the first African American woman to earn a pilot’s license. But it was not easy. She couldn’t attend any flight schools in America because of her gender and race. Instead, Coleman had to sail all the way to France to attend flight school. After earning her license in 1921, she became a barnstormer and performed air shows.
Thank you for your interest in these resources! These resources are not a curriculum and are best used as a supplement for Black History. The packets include activities to help students learn about black historical figures, Marian Anderson, Phillis Wheatley, Sojourner Truth, Wilma Rudolph, and Bessie Coleman. Similar products, including bundle deals, can be purchased at my online store, Nike Anderson’s Classroom.
There’s no right way to utilize these activities. Feel free to mix and match the ones you’d like to use in your classroom. These activities can be used as classwork, homework, assessments, peer group assignments, booklets, reports, early finisher work, and more!
Forty-five activities are included to help develop and reinforce the following skills:
· Reading comprehension
· Critical thinking
· Fine motor
Here’s what’s included: 45 Activities! Each figure includes the following:
1. Read-Aloud: Read a brief biography of the historical figure and practice key terms with your students to help maximize knowledge retention.
2. Coloring Activity: Use this activity to reinforce fun facts, encourage creativity, and discuss one of the historical figure’s famous quotes.
3. Reading Comprehension Activity: Assess mastery of the material using this easy-to-follow reading comprehension and story sequencing activity.
4. Cut and Paste Activity: Use this activity as a gentle, but fun, way to assess comprehension.
5. Handwriting Activity (2 options): These activities are for students who need more handwriting practice (or are early finishers). Beginners may use the tracing activity. Advanced students can use the blank handwriting sheet.
6. Reflection Activity (2 options): Make the material more meaningful to your students by allowing them to reflect and form opinions. For students that have trouble expressing themselves in written language, use the drawing option!
7. Kinesthetic Activity Game: Add to the fun using this True or False jumping game. This kinesthetic activity is a perfect way for students to get those wiggles out and demonstrate what they’ve learned.
Take a Closer Look!
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- Talkin’ About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman
- Fly High: The Story of Bessie Coleman
- Wilma Unlimited | How Wilma Rudolph Became the World’s Fastest Woman
- The Quickest Kid in Clarksville
- Who Was Sojourner Truth
- Sojourner Truth: Voice for Freedom
- Phillis Wheatley: Legendary African-American Poet
- A Voice of Her Own: Candlewick Biographies: The Story of Phillis Wheatley, Slave Poet
- Marian Anderson: A Great Singer (Great African Americans Series)
- Marian Anderson: A Voice Uplifted