Elementary Black History Month Bundle.
This bundle of resources includes four items at a discounted price. All of the resources include answer keys. Please have a look at the preview files!
The resources included are (details below with links to the individual listings):
Black History Makers, 26 Graphic Organizers
Martin Luther King, His Life and Times
The Underground Railroad
Jackie Robinson, His Life and Times
1) Black History Makers Graphic Organizers
The organizers are designed for students to do general research on each subject. They will need access to the Internet in most cases and may find some books helpful. Each organizer asks the student to find the subject’s birthplace, birth date, what they are famous for, what their greatest accomplishments are, an interesting fact the student has discovered about the person, and what they would ask the subject if they could meet them. With the exception of Dumas and Sancho, students should be able to find everything they need from www.biography.com but there is no reason they cannot use other sources as well.
--- There are 26 organizers in all for the following people, chosen from various fields and several countries:
Maya Angelou, Kofi Annan, George Washington Carver, Frederick Douglass, Thomas-Alexandre Dumas, Marcus Garvey, Josiah Henson, Langston Hughes, Michael Jackson, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Martin Luther King, Jr., Nelson Mandela, Thurgood Marshall, Toni Morrison, Barack Obama, Rosa Parks, Colin Powell, Jackie Robinson, Wilma Rudolph, Ignatius Sancho, Haile Selassie, Harriet Tubman,Desmond Tutu, Booker T. Washington, George Washington Williams, and Oprah Winfrey.
2) Martin Luther King Jr
--- An informational reading and writing resource for upper elementary students. It can be used in an ELA class or a Social Studies class. Each of the four texts can be used alone (but in sequence):
---Three of the passages begin with a pre-reading question that can be answered in written form or used as a class discussion topic.
There are a total of eight student work pages:
---Each text has a page of questions (inference, factual, and opinion);
---Each text has a page of vocabulary and grammar work;
---Each of the four passages has a short creative writing assignment.
The four passages are:
Part 1: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Early Life;
Part 2: Martin Luther King, Jr. as a Young Man;
Part 3: King’s Early Activism; and
Part 4: A National Hero.
--- Also included is a pre-reading vocabulary page that includes words that I did not designate as vocabulary words on the student work pages but might be new to some students. I have also created a FREE resource using these words and the answer key.
Answer keys are provided for all subjective student work (8 pages).
3) The Underground Railroad Informational Texts and Activities
--- A two page informational text with one page of comprehension questions. The text, a basic introduction to the Underground Railroad, is written in a 5W, 1 H format with a question posed at the beginning of each paragraph. The paragraphs are perfect for reading in chunks. At the end of the second page are three discussion questions about the use of the word “refugee”. The page of questions include those that test factual understanding and others that require deeper investigation;
--- The Routes of the Underground Railroad - an approximately 280 word text on the routes. On the right hand side of the page are a list of short answers for which the students are to provide questions using information from the text;
--- Arrival in the Land of Freedom - a poem by Harriet Beecher Stowe with a short biography of Stowe and a page of comprehension questions. A copy of the poem is included (due to age it is in the public domain);
--- William Still, Abolitionist - a two page informational text on Still’s life as an abolitionist and his work on the Underground Railroad and his contribution to history by collecting fugitive slave narratives which he later published. In Part 1 students are asked to correct incorrect statements, and after reading Part 2 they are asked to write their thoughts on what kind of information Still might have learned from the runaway slaves he interviewed;
--- Three open-ended activities: The Challenges Runaway Slaves Faced (this could be done as a group activity), a Compare and Contrast graphic organizer in which students choose two Abolitionists to compare and contrast; and Illustrate with Storyboards: students can take a scene from the history of the Underground Railroad and illustrate it as they wish.
--- Find Words within Words: a fun activity (great for early finishers) in which students try to make as many words as they can from “Flight to Freedom” - there are a couple of longer-word challenges with hints provided.
Answer keys are included as well as a table of contents.
4) Jackie Robinson His Life and Times
---An informational reading and writing unit for upper elementary students. It can be used in an ELA or Social Studies class.
The two texts are chronological:
Part 1 is titled “Young Jackie Robinson” and Part 2 “Jackie Robinson, Professional Athlete”.
Each text has:
---a page of questions (inference, factual, and opinion) and
--- a page of vocabulary and language use work and a short creative writing assignment. Also included:
---a one-page cloze activity using the twelve vocabulary words from Parts 1 and 2 (introduced in the work sheet for each part) and
---a “words within words” puzzle in which students find words within the phrase “Major League Player”. The puzzle includes a couple of student challenges.
All of the student work pages and the puzzle have answer keys.