The Black History Literacy Set is a 69 page set filled with Common Core reading and writing activities that work well with 3rd - 5th graders. Not only are there 32 Sentence Run-Ons and Fragments Task Cards, but there are worksheets that target Close Reading, Main Idea, Citing Evidence, Compare and Contrast, Cause and Effect, Inferences Using Informational Text, and Point of View Using Informational Text. There is also a poetry activity, a webquest, a timeline activity, and more! This packet will give your students lots of new knowledge about important historical figures and events, while helping them practice reading strategy skills.
Specifically it includes:
32 Task Cards with Black History Sentence Run-Ons and Fragments
Black History Month Webquest
Make a Timeline Activity
Parts of Speech Poem Directions and Examples Page
Parts of Speech Poem Writing Page
2 Foldables to review Important Black History people
A Blank Foldable to review people or events of your choosing
Foldable about Black History Concepts
Quotes from Notable African Americans
Black History Quotes to Illustrate - Page for Students
Bessie Coleman (Cause and Effect)
Ruby Bridges (Inferences Using Informational Text)
Jesse Owens (Cite Evidence from the Text)
Jackie Robinson (Compare and Contrast)
***Includes bonus passages from my other units (too appropriate not too include):
Martin Luther King, Jr. (Comprehension Questions)
Harriet Tubman (Close Reading)
George Washington Carver (Main Idea Matching)
Wilma Rudolph (Comprehension Questions)
Sojourner Truth (Inferences Using Informational Text)
Slave Ship (Point of View Using Informational Text)
Segregation (Point of View Using Informational Text)
I am so excited about this unit because it is Common Core created but totally Black History Month at the same time! With so many things to teach and time always such an issue in the classroom, it's a great way to combine social studies lessons as well as reading and writing skills. Plus, I think the material will be interesting and motivating for your kids!
I really like the worksheets included. They describe so many important lives and explain the role each one played in history. These are stories that all children should know and can benefit from.
There are two computer activities included. The Make a Timeline Activity is great to help students determine important information about a notable African American, while helping them practice computer skills like website navigation, cut and paste and more! The Black History Webquest is good for teaching kids to scan for important information. The two-sided handout asks the kids to search a website to find simple information about black icons.
Poetry is always a great way to incorporate writing throughout the year. The parts of speech poem is a nice culminating activity, if you do a full research report in your classroom, or they can also be used after completing one or more of the biographies from this set. Nice way to reinforce learning and I think they would make an awesome bulletin board too!
If you do Interactive Notebooks, the four foldables might be interesting to you. Two of them are about the different people who are included in this literacy set (could be a review activity) and the third one is blank so your students can add any names or events that you would like. The fourth one is about important vocabulary/concepts related to Black History. These are difficult concepts that could start a really good discussion in your classroom.
I hope you really like this literacy set and that it is something that will work well in your classroom, as it has in mine.
Looking for more February activities?
President’s Day Literacy Set
Valentine’s Day Literacy Set
Winter Literacy Set
If you're looking for more Common Core materials, please check these out:
Main Ideas, Supporting Details and Summary
Reasons and Evidence Using Informational Text: Common Core 4th and 5th Grade
Themes in Literature: Common Core for 4th and 5th Grade
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