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F1S Black History Activities

F1S Black History Activities
February 2019


  • Grade level lessons.
  • Some are reading stories, some writing, and some researching.


  • First grade teachers are incorporating famous African Americans in their historical figures SS unit.
  • Fourth grade students researched famous African Americans and displayed their work on bulletin boards.
  • Information will be shared on the morning show each morning and trivia questions will be asked regarding a famous African American.

Lucy T. Davis

  • "LTD will celebrate with Grade Level Activities, Bulletin Board displays and a school-wide assembly.
  • Assembly - Author Visit (Literacy Workshop) - Dr. Anthony Broughton - February 22, 2019 - 8:30 for K-2nd and 9:30 for 3rd - 4th "


  • Delmae Morning Show will feature trivia question each morning. Two for students in grades K-1 and Two for students in grades 2-4.
  • Music by famous African Americans will be played in the morning and during transitional times throughout the month.
  • Teachers will read aloud books written by Jacqueline Woodson (and students will be introduced to the author and learn the inspiration behind some of her books.
  • Teachers will read aloud Henry's Freedom Box- A True Story of the Underground Railroad, Ron's Big Mission (Ron McNair), The Story of Ruby Bridges, I am Jackie Robinson, and Martin's Big Words.
  • Students will research the famous African American listed in the first grade standards (Frederick Douglas & Mary McLeod Bethune) as well as Martin Luther King, Harriet Tubman, and Ron McNair.
  • In third grade, cold texts will be used throughout the month to introduce students to famous African Americans and their contributions.
  • Fourth grade students will select one African American to conduct research on and present their finding in a digital format that will be shared with the school. Students' selection will be based on the topic they are interested in rather than just famous people.
  • Kindergarten students will work with parents to complete Famous Americans Powerpoint Slides. Students will dress as their person and parents will e invited to hear them share their reports in class.

Dewey Carter

Grade level activities and morning announcements.


  • Quotes from famous African Americans will be displayed throughout the building
  • Weekly Wednesday Trivia Question (Morning Show) – box for answers will be located in the Media Center. A name will be drawn and announced Friday morning
  • Did you know facts….about famous African Americans. A picture and fact(s) will be read daily on the Morning Show.
  • Week 1 will focus on inventors. (May is responsible for this week.
  • Week 2 will focus on athletes. (McFadden)
  • Week 3 will focus on the arts. (Jordan)
  • Week 4 will focus on Educators. (Woodson)


  • Grades K-6- Reading, writing, and research activities about famous African Americans will be completed in all classrooms during the month of February.
  • Grades 4-6- Wax museum to highlight famous African Americans will be held on Tuesday, February 26 from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.
  • Schoolwide Black History program will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 26


Individual classroom activities to include

  • Biography projects
  • Research projects and activities
  • Daily facts
  • Read alouds
  • Google classroom activities
  • Classroom videos and discussions


  • Read biographies of famous Black Americans who were important during The Great Migration and other points in history.
  • Students will read short biographies of famous Black Americans on the Morning Show each school day in February.
  • Dress as a famous Black American on the last day of Black History Month (February 28th).
  • A bulletin board highlighting famous Black Americans will also be put on display for the month.
  • Scientist of the Week displaying famous African Americans

North Vista

Classroom teachers have planned activities in their classrooms that include: researching famous African Americans and their accomplishments, creating biographies and other topic writings, watching videos about famous African Americans, reading NF books, and creating posters/projects on a famous African Americans. We will have a school-wide African American Program at 8:30 on Thursday, February 28th.


  • Grade Level Activities
  • K-Peace Day celebration with study of Dr. Martin Luther King
  • 1 st- Biography reports about notable African American figures
  • 2 nd- I attached some activities that we will use in work stations and whole group instruction.
  • Here are two videos that are approved by org for Martin Luther King, Jr.


3rd-The following topics will be discussed:

  • US Supreme Court and segregation of buses
  • Civil Rights protests
  • I Have a Dream
  • Date – why is this important?
  • Nobel Peace Prize
  • Vocabulary – honor, equality, organize, segregation, protests, peaceful, opposed, cease
  • Biography
  • Birth/death
  • Love Each Other – poem – stanza, line, point of view
  • Bookflix
    • Coretta Scott
    • MLK Jr. Day
    • Martin’s Big Words
    • Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Writing
    • Brainstorm
    • Dream it!

4 th – Research reports with presentations

5 th- The students will complete a digital learning activity consisting of video viewing, reading speeches, peer discussion, and writing. The students will write an essay entitled “Inspired to Dream BIG” and submit it using Google Classroom.

6 th-  How can one person change the course of history?

  • Students will listen to excerpts from MLK’s “I Have a Dream” speech
  • Objective: Students will write their own “I Have a Dream” speech
  • Procedure: Students will use a speech outline to insert their idea
  • Presentation: Students will present their speeches to the class.
  • This activity will be done with each homeroom during their SS class.
  • Analyze “I Have a Dream” Speech and relate to 5 Social Studies themes

Savannah Grove

During morning announcements/show, our Literacy Coach reads the Black History Month trivia question. Students have to place their answer in a designated box at the main office. Individual classroom teachers are doing activities. We will be having a school-wide assembly that will incorporate students participating in the assembly. The date and time of the assembly is TBD.


Grade levels and individual classroom teachers have planned various activities in their classrooms. These include: learning about famous African Americans and their accomplishments in history and using this to produce writings, watching informational videos, reading NF books, completing crafts/activities, reading biographies and autobiographies, and creating posters and pamphlets on a famous African Americans. Sixth graders will present their projects during our Celebration of Learning for parents. Additionally, we will have a school-wide African American Program at 8:15 on February 26th (Celebration of Learning/Showcase).


February 26th- Grade Level in the classroom also music and art.


  • 20 @ 2pm-Bright Star- Let It Shine Production- 8th grade assembly
  • Trivia questions asked on daily announcements. Students are able to turn in answers and winners are drawn for prizes on Fridays
  • Various research activities in ELA and SS classes. Bulletin boards celebrating Black History month around the building.


  • 21 @ 10 am- Bright Star- Let It Shine Production
  • Morning show highlights African American contributors
  • The library is sponsoring a contest for the month & students can answer questions about famous African Americans & win Valentine candy.
  • Teachers have various class activities that they will do as well."


  • 20 @ 10am- Bright Star- Let It Shine Production
  • School-wide assembly 2-20
  • Door Decoration Contest All MONTH
  • QR Scavenger Hunt- Students will be given weekly clues to do research and figure out the mystery figure based off the QR code clues. ALL MONTH

South Florence

  • Morning Assemblies- Feb. 25, 26, 27, and 28 at 9:15 am
  • Evening Program- Feb. 28 at 6 pm
  • Morning African American History Trivia
  • HBCUs are highlighted and on display
  • Poet in Residency- Dates and times???
  • Breakfast to honor local legends- Date and Time????

West Florence

Acknowledgments on morning show and announcements


Motivational Speaker - Gerrod Jenkins
February 28, 2019
10:45 a.m. 

Alfred Rush Academy

  • Individual Classroom Activities
  • Black History Morning Trivia Questions
  • Quotes from African Americans
  • Door Contest
  • African American Hero Breakfast- Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019

Theodore Lester Elementary

  • 8:30 am - Kindergarten (Rainwater, Howard): Students have done research on African American historical figures such as Rosa Parks, George Washington Carver, Harriet Tubman, Booker T. Washington, Ruby Bridges, Frederick Douglas, and Jackie Robinson, which are displayed in the hallway. Students wrote about a community helper “I have a dream that one day I will be a ________. They will dress up and present their writings to visitors as a mini wax museum.
  • 9:30am - First Grade: “Sing About Martin” – Crowson and Dixon’s classes will be completing two activities one on Martin Luther King, Jr. and the other on differences. Students will be singing a song and sharing their activities.
  • 9am - Second & Third Grade: The students in the six second and third grade classes will perform two songs in their pod for the visitors (George, Ham, Lowman, Hudson, McKoy, and Newton). Songs: “I’m On My Way” and “Martin Luther King, Jr.”
  • 9am to 11am Fourth through Sixth Grade: Wax Museum – students will present information about a famous historian through the historian’s eyes (dressing and presenting as that individual). This is a walk through presentation throughout the building.
  • 9:30am - First & Second Grade (Evans & McLeod): Students will write about themselves on a puzzle piece. They will present showing how all the pieces create their class.
  • 11am Sixth Grade: (Powell & McKithen): Powerpoint will be shown on characters of Black History Month
  • 1pm – Black History Program, Lester Café: Master of Ceremonies, Dr. Allie Brooks

South Florence

  • Individual Classroom Activities
  • Display in Library
  • February 25-28 - Black History Celebration - “Legends: A Legacy of Greatness” (school assemblies) February 28, 6:00 pm Evening Presentation

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