I’ve been trying to write this blog post for like 413,483 hours. Having two kids sometimes feels like the equivalent of 17 toddlers jacked up on sugar. Isn’t it funny how running and managing a classroom of 24 third graders is TEN times easier than trying to manage a 2 and 3 year old that share my blood? Crazy, right. I know other teachers who are also mamas can relate…at least I hope so! #PleaseDontTellMeImAlone
February is Black History Month.
Speaking of being busy. February is such a busy month! Between Chinese New Year, Groundhog Day, Valentines Day, Presidents Day, and Black History Month, there’s SO much to teach! My favorite thing about February, though, is celebrating Black History and learning more about some amazing African Americans who endured so many hardships and fought hard for what was and is right.
Favorite Books to Read
Here are some of my favorite books to read in honor of Black History Month but these are also great to read any time of the year! Storyline Online also has tons of great books to celebrate Black History Month! One of my favorites is As Fast As Words Could Fly. My third graders last year LOVED this story!
You can also watch and listen to White Socks Only here!
Black History Month ELA Activities
In my classroom, my students love completing these sentence building activities! I normally have my students work in partners or small groups to unscramble the sentence but you could easily have this as an independent literacy center in your classroom. I love it too because it’s low prep and engaging for the kids! #ThatsAWinForEveryone
How to Use this Activity
Each unit consists of 6 sentences about an African American leader. My students start with one set (one sentence) where all of the word cards have been mixed up. Then, they work together to build the sentence about that African American leader. This activity integrates so many skills…they’re learning about these amazing leaders in Black History, while practicing sentence structure…HELLO READING, WRITING AND SOCIAL STUDIES ALL IN ONE! (*Insert Hallelujah hands here!) Here’s a free set on Martin Luther King, Jr. if you want to check out the format!
IMPORTANT TIP: I tell my students to find the word card with a period so they automatically know that card goes last and I also tell them to find the word card that begins with a capital letter, so they know to put that card first!
Once they’ve built the sentence, it’s time to WRITE the sentence. There are three different recording sheet options (Interactive Notebook, Paragraph Writing Paper, and Booklet), so choose whatever works best for you! The booklet has three comprehension questions on the back, so that’s nice! However, the nice thing about the paragraph writing paper is that this teaches students HOW to write a paragraph. Each unit comes with 6 sentences about the African American leader…an opening sentence, an ending sentence, and of course, the 4 middle sentences.
Which Black Leaders Do You Teach?
The money saving bundle includes 9 Famous African American Leaders to celebrate during Black History Month…Ruby Bridges, Booker T. Washington, Rose Parks, Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, Jackie Robinson, George Washington Carver, Thurgood Marshall, and Martin Luther King, Jr.
You can grab these units individually or you can grab the bundle and get 4 units FO’ FREE!