Celebrate Black History Month with Discovery Education resources that highlight the specific achievements of a few of the many African Americans who have made contributions in education, equality, and exploration! The resources and suggested activities we’ve selected highlight the stories of these heroes of African American history, including their contributions, their habits of innovation and leadership, and the impacts they’ve had on our society. Encourage your students to celebrate the variety of experiences and contributions of each of these important historical figures.
Content Collection: Black History Month
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Assorted Resources
Delve into the lives of African Americans who made history. African Americans throughout U.S. history have been writers and artists, served in the military and government, organized and protested to achieve equal rights, and gained the highest position in the U.S. government.
HISTORICAL FIRSTS AND ACHIEVEMENTS
These African Americans have made differences on the ground in education and in space as part of NASA. Each of these leaders contributed by expanding our horizons, and their stories continue to inspire us.
Of the People: A Conversation with President Obama
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades K-2, Full Video [38:53]
An in-depth interview related to the future of education in the digital age with President Obama. Includes a Q&A session in which the president addresses the importance of furthering education technology in America.
Hero History: Ruby Bridges
Discovery Education Streaming, Social Studies Techbook
Grades 3-5, 6-8, Full Video [08:06]
Documents the historic impact made by Ruby Bridges, one of four children chosen to desegregate the public school system in New Orleans, LA in 1960.
Katherine Johnson: NASA Mathematician, Recipient of Nation’s Highest Civilian Honor
Discovery Education Streaming, Math Techbook, Science Techbook, Social Studies Techbook
Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Full Video [03:42]
Profiles the life and career of this mathematician, astrophysicist, and space scientist. Johnson was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015 for her work on every major NASA space program over the course of three decades.
Shares details about the life, education, and career of this groundbreaking astronaut who was the first African American woman to travel in space!
CELEBRATE THE DETAILS
Have students expand the conversation about the remarkable people in the resources above by participating in a round or two of XO Let’s Go (Canadian Version). In this strategy, students take turns sharing information they learned from the media and listening intently to each other to ensure comprehension. Have students focus on the accomplishments of the historical figures, the characteristics that helped them succeed, the way society has benefitted from their actions and work – or all three. Once they’ve completed their discussions, have them collaborate to distill some of their thoughts about these contributions and the ways they’ve shaped society using the strategy 6 Word Story (Canadian Version) or another summary tool. Share your students’ thoughts on social media with #CelebrateWithDE.
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