Black History Research Guides

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Black History Research Guides for Grades 1-5

This is part of a new series I’m developing called “Bite-Size Research Guides”. These are designed to be completed in one or two class sessions. Great for the library media specialist who sees students weekly or classroom teachers who are in need of a research project that doesn’t require hours of time but is still educationally valuable.

This is a set of 19 research guides featuring influential African Americans. The first set includes handwriting lines for younger learnings and the second set has no lines for older students.

These research guides use the “3-2-1 Strategy” concept. Students read informational texts (online or print) about the selected person and write three facts that they learned about this person, two opinions they have about this person and one question that they would like to ask this person. This strategy encourages deeper thinking and often leads to students wanting to learn more about these influential men and women (particularly when they write down their questions!).

Our district has a paid subscription to PebbleGo, which is an excellent informational text database for younger or ESL learners. The men and women I’ve selected can all be researched using PebbleGo. If you don’t have access to PebbleGo, you should be able to use these research guides using print or other online resources that you have access to.

This product is included in my discounted Black History Mega Bundle found here:

Black History Mega Bundle!


These guides encourage students to learn more about:

Ruby Bridges
Harriet Tubman
Rosa Parks
Sojourner Truth
Bessie Coleman
Phillis Wheatley
Marian Anderson
Madam CJ Walker
Wilma Rudolph
Frederick Douglass
Booker T. Washington
Jackie Robinson
Jesse Owens
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Thurgood Marshall
Benjamin Banneker
George Washington Carver
Langston Hughes
Barack Obama

This activity aligns with the following standards:

Common Core

1st Grade: R.I. 1.1, 1.2, 1.5, 1.10, W.1.8
2nd Grade: R.I. 2.1, 2.5, 2.6, 2.10, W.2.8
3rd Grade: R.I. 3.1, 3.5, W.3.8
4th Grade: R.I. 4.1, W.4.8
5th Grade: R.I. 5.1, 5.7, W.5.8

AASL: 1.1.1, 1.1.2, 1.1.3, 1.1.4, 1.1.6

ISTE: Strand 3

You may be interested in my Black History Encyclopedia Task Cards with self-checking QR codes:

Black History Encyclopedia Research Task Cards with Self-Checking QR Codes

Keywords: Black History, Black History Research, PebbleGo, Pebble Go

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This product is to be used by the PURCHASER only! If others in your district would like to use this, please follow copyright rules and purchase additional licenses which are offered at a discount.

Please ask if you have any questions! Thanks so much for looking!


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