Although teachers might have a good idea of what topics to cover during Black History Month, worksheets can be a challenge to come up with from scratch. Once students learn about different key moments in history, it's time to expand on those concepts and reinforce them with printables on key African Americans and what they accomplished. Utilizing worksheets on this topic simply reinforces or enhances the information learned.
Free Printable Worksheets
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Famous African Americans Crossword Puzzle
Help students better understand which famous African Americans did what with this fun crossword puzzle. It includes amazing people such as:
- Frederick Douglass
- Rosa Parks
- Dred Scott
- George Washington Carver
- Thurgood Marshall
There are clues for answers across and down. Have students figure out the famous American who matches the clue, and make sure there are enough spaces for that person's name. There is an answer key included.
Follow the Railroad to Freedom
This printable worksheet maps out the ways that slaves were able to escape to the north where they would find freedom. Not only can students map out a slave's escape route, but each step of the journey is explained in detail. This is also a good activity to use with a group of students. Simply have them work together to discuss how the slave will escape using the Underground Railroad. A few of the destinations on this map that slaves could escape to include:
- New York
How Many Things Can You Invent with Peanuts?
George Washington Carver was a brilliant inventor. He made many different products out of agricultural products, including items made from peanuts. He actually created more than 300 products simply from peanuts alone. This worksheet lists a few of those products and what they did. The student is asked to draw a line matching the product with what that product does. Here are a few of the products your student will learn more about:
- Chili sauce
- Laundry soap
- Shaving cream
- Hand lotion
Yes, all of those items were created by Carver with a simple little legume. The printable also includes an answer key.
Additional Black History Month Worksheets
There are many different resources for finding Black History Month worksheets. Whether you want to focus on only one aspect of history or do a worksheet a day, there is no need to reinvent the wheel. Use some of these resources to add seasonal interest to your homeschool curriculum.
Education.com offers a section devoted to Black History Month worksheets. There are five pages filled with activities such as:
- Phillis Wheatley coloring page
- History of the Blues worksheet
- Info on the Harlem Renaissance printable
- Set of 10 Martin Luther King
- Montgomery Bus Boycott coloring page
The printables cover students of all ages. The coloring pages are a fun and simple way to introduce younger children to Black History Month topics, while the worksheets go more in-depth into specific African Americans or American history.
Family Education is an excellent resource for finding Black History Month lessons. Just a few of the activities you'll find include:
- Coloring pages
- Ideas for trips
- Timeline of the Civil Rights Movement
- Books for Black History Month (there is also a section where the books are broken down by age)
At Teacher Planet, you'll find a plethora of resources for your homeschool, including many worksheets focused on Black History Month. A few of the resources you'll find are:
- Arts and culture
- When the Civil Rights Movement began
- Underground Railroad history
- Martin Luther King Jr. worksheets
- Black inventors
- A Rosa Parks bus craft
Importance of Studying Black History
It's been said that those who don't understand history are doomed to repeat it. Whether that is true or not, studying history helps students understand just how far the country has come over the years and develops a sense of pride in what others have accomplished. The goal of these worksheets is to inspire students to dream big and to stand up for what they believe in as others before them have done.