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Discover Black History: People, Places, & Events
Black History (or African-American History) Month is a celebration of achievements by African Americans observed during the month of February each year. Leverage our timely Black History resource collections to help students recognize the central role of blacks in U.S. history.
This collection features some of the BEST reviewed resources from TeachersFirst. Find teaching ideas, research material, and interactive sites for studying Black History in all grades. Save these sites for use during history lessons and projects.
This collection of 20 lesson plans (and standards) and resources cover a variety of topics including racial discrimination, civil rights, and race-related discussions as they pertain to current events. Scroll for topics and grade level suggestions.
Find literature to share with young readers written by and featuring people of color. Each day during Black History Month features a different author. It is a month-long showcase of the best in Picture Books, Middle Grade, and Young Adult novels.
Civil Rights Movement
The links to an interactive map with newspaper links from 1954 through 1965, primary source documents, and first-hand accounts shared below offer great insight into the Civil Rights Movement.
Don't miss this interactive map with links to newspaper coverage of Civil Rights stories from around the nation from 1954 - 1965. Choose any year to view front pages with coverage of major events. Click "view larger image" to read the article.
Take your students back in time. Listen to firsthand accounts, watch 14 videos, and explore primary source documents found along the way. The site includes seven themes and topics based on the Civil Rights Movement and extension activities.
View personal stories of Civil Rights activists from the 1950's -1960's through video interviews. Each interview features a written transcript for download. Interviewees are members of The Freedom Movement and discuss their early life and role.
Project Options for People or Events
These sites offer numerous project options, including the ability to present information about a famous person or important event. Use these resources to create a digital story, timeline, or interactive branching tree.
Create free online storytelling tools. Use the site's templates to add or change images, text, and other options. When finished, publish then share via the link created. Add polls, quizzes, stories, and see the number of views and times shared.
Try your hand at this timeline creation tool and its image and media links features. Follow the prompts to add each event including dates, descriptions, and more. After adding the information, save and submit to create your timeline.
Create interactive family trees or hierarchy representations using drag and drop features. You also can embed images, videos, and texts within plots. Additional options include adding and viewing information in a timeline format.
This Week at TeachersFirst
If you're attending this year's FETC event, please stop by our booth (#2437) and say hello! Learn about a new classroom management strategy tool in one of our latest blog posts. And don't miss our weekly poll about Black History Month study units.
Stop by booth #2437
FETC is here and we are excited to be exhibiting and presenting. Visit us at booth #2437 or join one of our sessions led by Katy Garvey or Melissa Henning. Learn about MakerSpace + standards, improving faculty meetings, and 40 Microsoft tips and tools!
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Tech Tool of the Month
This month's tech tool spotlight is a classroom management tool called Class123. This device-agnostic tool includes a timer, seating chart, attention bell, random name picker, and other helpful classroom features.
Learn more about classroom management with Class123 »
Black History Unit?
This week's poll asks if you have a special unit related to Black History Month? Share your thoughts in our weekly poll, and read how others respond.
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