In my classroom, we begin learning about black history by utilizing read alouds
. If you’re looking for my fave books for this, you can find a few of them here
. I start off by using these anchor chart pieces, just so I can get a grip on how much they know. It’s totally ok if it’s not completely full. I’ve discovered that in Kindergarten their knowledge can be somewhat limited.
We talk about some important vocabulary, with primary friendly visuals. It really helps them to understand the definition. At this age, visuals also provide such a vivid image that they can instantly understand.
We discuss what is black history, and people who fought for equality in their respective fields and areas. We begin with the Underground Railroad and throughout the month we keep going until we reach the Civil Rights Movement.
We talk about specific events that moved the Civil Rights Movement forward. They’re always so amazed that people had the courage to participate in sit-ins in the face of all of the adversity.
Each person has a page in color, and a black and white version as well. I love to introduce them to Carter G. Woodson, as most of them haven’t heard of him before. We discuss how he is considered the “Father of Black History”, and how the idea of Black History Month began with him.
We put all of our learning in our black history research book and vocabulary book. At this point in the year they love to conduct research and record what they have learned.
Please know that you do not have to wait for February to include black history into your classroom. For more information on this black history pack, you may click here
or on any of the pictures above.