Black History Month is in full swing and if you’re looking for resources to help your child learn about Black History you’ll want to bookmark this post. Whether your school Black History curriculum is lacking or you have a kid who just can’t get enough, here is a list of vetted and reliable websites for lessons, activities, reading and videos for Black History Month.
1. Middle and High School lesson plans from PBS are powerful tools.
2. The National Education Association (NEA) also has resources for K-12.
3. The Smithsonian has a wide variety of resources for Black History Month.
4. This page has links to multiple resources for integrating Math with Black History Month, including lesson plans linked to the movie Hidden Figures.
5. Scholastic has lesson plans for grades 1 through 8.
6. Education World has lesson ideas for Black History Month.
7. KQED offers links to several resources.
8. The Center for Civic Education has a page dedicated to resources
9. The American Chemical Society has resources on African-American science pioneers.
10. The National Endowment for the Humanities has a highly detailed and robust site with resources.
11. Biography has information about African-American scientists.
12. Biography also has a similar page for African-American inventors.
13. For younger students, National Geographic for Kids has short biographies on African-American scientists.
14. Scholastic also has information for younger students about African-American inventors.
15. Additionally, Scholastic has an interactive page for younger students about Black History Month.
16. Here is an interactive website that is a virtual tour of The National Museum of African-American History and Culture.
17. History.com offer Black History Month videos.
18. Common Sense Media recommends several movies to spark conversations around Black History Month (parental discretion advised).
19. Teachervision offers links to resources for elementary students.
20. Education.com has activity, crafts and recipe suggestions for young students.
21. Education.com also has elementary level printables for coloring and crosswords.
22. Biography has information on famous African-American athletes.
23. The American Library Association recommends books that have won the Coretta Scott King Book award. (These awards are presented each year to notable African American authors and illustrators of children’s books and young adult books that show an appreciation of African-American culture.)
24. Musical Harlem exposes students in K-4 to jazz music.
25. This page has more African-American inspired jazz, dance and poetry for grades K-4.
26. This collection of poems celebrates Black History Month.
27. The government site for African-American History Month has plenty of resources.
28. WEB Guides has digital materials on a variety of related topics.
29. Information on Brown v. Board of Education can be seen here.
30. This PBS Learning Media video shares the origin of Black History Month, including key events in history that led to today’s observance in February. PBS Kids also offers a lineup of inspiring books about African-American culture, and this video to share more about why Martin Luther King Jr.’s values and ideas are important to live by each day.
Happy Black History Month, everyone!