Gigi came home during the week of Martin Luther King Jr with some wonderful stories to tell us about Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. This was just the beginning of her introduction to Black History Month. These lesson plans, readings and activities are intended for primary grade students.
Ella Fitzgerald: The Tale of a Vocal Virtuosa is an excellent example of a quality book that conveys black history in kid-appealing way. Ella’s story is told through the perspective of a cat, “Skat Cat Monroe,” who pulls in readers in with rhythm and rhyme: “Got my name from knowin’ Ella. Ella Fitzgerald. The Queen of Skat. What’s scat? you ask. Skat’s the sound that don’t hold back. Ella’s sound- that was skat. Singing so supreme. Music’s velvet-ribbon dream.” Continue reading Black History Month lesson plans featuring Ella Fitzgerald.
These plans are written with first through third graders in mind, but can easily be modified for younger or older learners.
Besides timing and consistency, quality of resources is another consideration when planning for black history month. Avoid choosing books that are not appealing or are not age appropriate just because they include black history. I found and fell in love with the book Dizzy by Jonah Winter. When I saw how well children responded to this book, I developed these lesson plans around it. As a teacher, I love to begin my planning around a quality, kid-attractive book. Continue reading Black History Month lesson plans on Dizzy Gillespie.