There’s no better time than Black History Month to teach students about African and African American history—and the ways famous figures like Rosa Parks, Sojourner Truth, George Washington Carver, and more have shaped our country and world. From the Underground Railroad to the Civil Rights Movement, learning about these important events and people will help students gain a better understanding of the significance of Black History Month and how volunteering, service, and activism can make a difference.

    If you’re looking for teaching tools to engage students in grades 3–5 during Black History Month, Scholastic Teachables is the perfect place to start. From graphic organizers that encourage students to make inferences to short texts that prompt class discussion, these 5 printables will complement the lessons you already have planned.

    1.     George Washington Carver: Text & Organizer

    This two-page nonfiction article and biographical graphic organizer about the life and accomplishments of George Washington Carver.

    2.     Ain’t I a Woman? Read-Aloud

    Sojourner Truth’s 1851 speech is paired with a summary, a language and vocabulary mini-lesson, and discussion and writing prompts to encourage students to reflect on the life and times of this famous abolitionist.

    3.     A Well-Rounded Person: Text & Questions

    This complex text passage gives a biographical sketch of Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman to enter space. The question page encourages students to use the inspiring text to answer questions about this famed NASA astronaut. 

    4.     Malcolm X: Play and Teaching Guide

    This engaging read-aloud play comes with important biographical information, quotations, engaging prompts, and a teaching guide—perfect for helping students learn about this important human rights activist.

    5.     The Remarkable Rosa Parks: Text Evidence Task Card

    This resource features a mini-passage, five text-dependent questions, teaching supports, and a text evidence helper sheet to support students as they build critical reading skills and learn how Rosa Parks changed the course of history.

    Scholastic Teachables makes it easier for you to engage students with enriching activities during Black History Month. These teaching tools and resources are free to subscribers of Scholastic Teachables or are available for individual purchase. Log in or subscribe today to have everything you need to help your students forge a deeper connection with your lessons for Black History Month and beyond.