Black History Month is a perfect time for both reflection and celebration of African American history and achievements! This unit focuses on Black History Greats in the areas of sports, inventions, civil rights, the sciences, the arts and other positive achievements worthy of celebration. It does this through craftivities and writing opportunities that your students will learn from and love making!
There is a total of 24 craftivities in this bundle; you could do one each day of the school week and have some left over for the entire month of February! Having this many crafts will allow you to pick and choose which are best for your Black History unit and your students. Each craftivity is made to be as simple, but purposeful as possible. This means there are not a lot of templates to prep, many things to cut out, etc.. Each craftivity can be done in one class hour setting. These will be an awesome addition to your hallways and bulletin boards; you'll be the talk of the school!
This unit includes the following craftivities:
1. Diversity Rose~ A flower made with different colored, student hand prints to show that diversity is a beautiful thing when brought together as one.
2. Wilma Rudolph (Track and Field Olympian)~ Students will design their own shoe and make it into a book complete with a real shoelace!
3. Michael Jordan (Basketball Great)~ Students will make a book in the shape of a basketball that opens with a surprise in the inside!
4. Edna Lewis (Professional Chef and Cookbook Author)~ Students will make a book in the shape of a Sweet Potato Pie and include their own recipe invention.
5. Martin Luther King Jr. (Civil Rights Activist)~ Students will celebrate MLK Jr. by making a peace dove with coffee filter wings!
6. Dr. Charles Drew (Engineer and Blood Bank Inventor)~ Students will learn the importance of donating blood by making their own pretend donation sample (sounds gross but it's adorable!) and pretend needle. Complete with donor card.
7. Granville Woods (Inventor of Roller Coaster)~ Using a real student photo, students will create a picture of them riding a roller coaster. Too cute!
8. Harriet Tubman (Underground Railroad Conductor)~ Students will make their own train conductor hat, symbolizing Tubmans achievements.
9. Jackie Robinson (Baseball Player)~ This craftivity is a baseball mitt students can wear, with a baseball report book in the middle of the mitt.
10. George Washington Carver (Inventor)~ Students will make a peanut shaped book that turns to show his inventions made from peanuts.
11. George Crum (Inventor of Potato Chip)~ Students will design and make their own brand of potato chips, complete with removable chips to make a report about Mr. Crum!
12. Maya Angelou (Poet and Writer)~ Students will make an adorable craft of one of Maya's famous poems. Made on real sheet music, students will make a caged bird craft. A must see!
13. Mae Jemison (Doctor and Astronaut)~Students will make themselves into a large-sized astronaut, using their picture. Too cute!
14. Philip Downing (Inventor of Street Mailbox)~ Using a paper lunch bag, students will make their own mailbox. This craft can be used as their Valentine's bag also!
15. Bill Pickett (Black Cowboy)~ Students will become their own cowboy or girl with a wearable hat and also make a boot craft.
16. Freedom Quilt Square (Slavery Era)~ Students will design a freedom quilt square that can later be used to make a classroom quilt.
17. Ruby Bridges (Civil Rights)~ School house with Ruby standing in front.
18. Henry Sampson (Mobil Phone)~ Students will make a cell phone booklet.
19. Garret Morgan (Traffic Light)~Students will make a traffic light with booklet lights!
20. Madame CJ Walker (African American Hair Care)~ Students will make a picture of a young lady with a comb.
21. Alfred Craille (Ice Cream Scoop)~ Students will make a scoop with a three-towered scoop of ice cream!
22. Kente Cloth ~ Students will make a pattern similar to African Kente Cloth
23. Barack Obama (President)~ Students will make a mobile with Barack Obama's portrait.
24. Lonnie Johnson (Water Gun)~ Students will make a water gun (paper) with a water spray.
There is a direction page for each craft, complete with a project photo, materials needed, background history of the Black History Great/Concept, and directions on how to complete the crafts.
Another beautiful component of this unit is a Celebration Reflection Journal that students will complete. There is a cover included and a reflection page for each craftivity. This will be an important keepsake for them, as it reflects on both the Black History Great and how they relate to the students themselves. Journal pages with handwriting and regular lines are provided!
Please see the preview for photos and sample journal pages!