Celebrating Black History Month
February is Black History Month, and to be honest, aside from reading a few things about African-American history, we haven’t gone much in-depth, study-wise. Actually, we only started really doing history as its own subject last year; but part of the reason we haven’t gone farther into Black History Month is because so much of it happened in relatively recent years. We are working through history chronologically, and we’re still in the Middle Ages. We’ll get more into modern history as we go through our history lessons and will devote quite a bit of time to both the Civil War era and the Civil Rights Movement (which we have covered in the past).
Even though this is our 3rd year, we’re just now getting into a good enough routine to cover most of the curriculum I’d like to incorporate. One of the things I’m planning on doing this year is devoting time to cover many of the ‘X-History/Heritage Month’ themes. Much of my family is from Irish/English and French descent, and German/Dutch, while the kids are Native American, Welsh and Scottish and we’ve never looked much into those either, so I thought we’d start the year off right.
In that vein, we’re working on a new lapbook. It’s been a while since we’ve done one, so it’s fun to get back into that again. I was looking for a Black History Month lapbook and found resources, but not a ready-to-cut one, so I made one (downloadable links below) This turned out to be a pretty big lapbook; it has 26 mini-books, including quite a few short biographies of notable figures and activists. I’m having the kids choose a person, research and write up a biography, then share what they learned about that person. This will be the most hands-on lapbook for them that we’ve done to date.
I also wanted to include:
- a brief overview of the Civil War era
- the migration of African-Americans to the North
- poetry and inventions that we credit black inventors and artists for
- a timeline of America’s part in black history, starting with the slave trade and including notable historical events through the present
This is by no means a ‘professional’ lapbook; it was created as I was reading and researching, and the layout reflects my ADHD-ness. Also, some of the mini-books are in color, others are in b/w because my printer at home right now only wants to print in shades of red. With those disclaimers, feel free to print and use what you like of it, and share with your friends by linking back here (please don’t upload the file on your own blog/website).
Eventually, I’ll have a new page with more links and resources to go along with this lapbook, but for now, it’s mostly just the templates. Enjoy!
ThisAdventureLife’s Black History Month Lapbook