Before we get to resources: Talking with kids...
Last week Dr. McKenzie shared a link to an article fromtolerance.org about talking with kids about immigration and more. As many of you also know, Judi has this magazine in the HA library. Tina Howard has also shared some excellent resources with those at HA. In addition to the wonderful resources shared this fall by our staff, I wanted to share a blog post from Terri Eichholz from last Sunday. It has a lot of great links to explore. Our students of all ages look to us to help them figure out how to talk about current events, regardless of how we feel about them politically. Some of the links referenced may be useful.
Black History Month
Not everyone agrees that having a "Black History Month" is a good idea. Here's a quick interview with Morgan Freeman from 2012.
There are a lot of resources online. I have pulled most of them into a couple of symbaloo mixes. We have the MLK Jr. resources shared previously here and here. I added a symbaloo created by another teacher, Sylvia Buller, to the HES symbaloo. I also pulled a lot of other resources together and added them to the HES symbaloo as well as embedded below. These resources are "pinned" for the month to the beginning of the tabs. This set of resources has a mix of lesson plans as well as resources to direct students to, for all ages. There are links to PBS, to Google Cultural Museum, LOC, science pages, sports pages and more.
Newsela and Biography
Newsela has teamed up with Bio.com to bring biographies to your students. Why should you care? Newsela is free (has a premium side, but you don't need it for this) and the best part- it allows your students to adjust the Lexile levels in the articles. Students who struggle with reading, but not content, will be able to get to the content with this new collaboration. You'll notice several links to Newsela on the Black History Month symbaloo.
"How do noteworthy individuals shape history?
To what extent are they products of their societies and times?
Who are the unsung heroes students may not read about in textbooks?
Now you can dive into these questions like never before: Newsela and Biography.com have partnered to bring your students closer to the lives of hundreds of noteworthy people.
Students can find leveled articles on figures ranging from Frederick Douglass to Steve Jobs, Confucius to Aretha Franklin. And teachers can easily supplement STEM or ELA lessons with biographies of Marie Curie, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Edgar Allen Poe, Maya Angelou, and countless other luminaries.