Celebrating Black History Month
Celebrate Black History this month and all year long!
Learn about the inventors, thinkers, artists, writers, and historical figures that helped shape our country and continue to change the world! Here are 5 activities to get you started:
1. Take a Field Trip
Go on a virtual field trip to visit a Black History exhibit. Learn about the bravery and contributions of Black Explorers.
Get started with National Geographic’s virtual field trip:
2. Celebrate History
Create a Living History Museum. Encourage kids to prepare a visual presentation recognizing the accomplishments of a fearless Black innovator. Create a virtual showcase and invite visitors to view presentations.
Get started with the book: The Fierce 44: Black Americans Who Shook Up the World by The Staff of the Undefeated
3. STEM Activities
Black inventors contribute amazing ideas and inventions to STEM! The modern home security system, traffic signals, carbon light bulb filament, automatic elevator doors, chips and peanut butter were all invented by Black Americans. Hold a STEM event and explore the breakthroughs and inventions of Black Visionaries.
Get started with the book: Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
4. Listen to Music
Compile a playlist of music from Black artists and songwriters. Find music across the decades and highlight the musical contributions from the Black community. Listen to the playlist throughout the year and add songs as you go!
Get started with the Spotify playlist: Black and POC Voices in Family Music
5. Read and Learn
Encourage a daily time for sharing of poems, quotes, and books that identify Black change makers, some of whom are children!
Get started with the book: Ruby Bridges Goes to School: My True Story by Ruby Bridges
Stephanie Standley M. Ed. is a mom, educator, writer, and outdoor enthusiast. She received her undergraduate degrees in Sociology and Psychology as well as a Master of Education-Literacy from the University of San Diego. Stephanie has 12+ years of classroom experience as a teacher and currently supports students in Special Education. She is inspired to use evidence-based practices to educate children in creative and engaging ways.