Historian Carter G. Woodson started Negro History Week in 1926 and the event eventually became known as Black History Month, which is observed every February. Woodson’s original goal was to educate Americans about African American history. That’s still the point of Black History Month, making it a great opportunity for parents to pass on important lessons to their children using free kid-friendly resources like these.
Black History Quiz When did Harriet Tubman escape from slavery? In what southern city was Martin Luther King Jr. born? Who was the first African American to visit space? Questions like these are a part of the free Black History Quiz found at factmonster.com. Put your little ones to the test with this important lesson about the past.
Black History Cards
Head to NickJr.com to print out informational cards about black history leaders, artists, athletes and innovators. Mount the cards on poster board and display them around your house during Black History Month.
Black History Reading List
Check out this list of children’s books perfect for Black History Month. Then head to the library to find the titles that interest your young readers the most.
Performances by Black Artists
Help your children learn to appreciate the talent of notable black artists. The Library of Congress offers free recordings to epic performances by greats like Stevie Wonder. Listen to him perform “Sketches of a Life.” Then you and your children can listen to him discussing the performance.
MLK and Harriet Tubman Lesson Plans
Teachers and parents will love these lesson plans and worksheets that help support students’ discovery of Black History Month. Print out free lesson plans from Scholastic.com that cover the lives and legacies of Martin Luther King, Jr. as well as Harriet Tubman.
By Alison Storm
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