Black History Month

February is Black History Month and there are many ways to recognize it. One of my favorites, I realize this might come as a surprise to you, is books. I know, crazy right? We have curated some collections for Black History Month in Sora, our digital district library. When you browse, you’ll see it right at the top. I just finished listening to To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, read by Sissy Spacek. It was amazing! I hadn’t read it in years and the audio is fantastic. I found it very relevant to Black History Month.

Many of your school libraries will have book displays. You really should go check them out. Ask your librarian to recommend a favorite.

A great way to learn about Black History Month is through videos. If you’re not familiar with the site, The Kid Should See This, you really should take a moment to browse their video selection. They have quite a few interesting videos regarding Black History, such as:

Our schools will be recognizing Black History Month in a variety of ways. Mountain View High School (MVHS) Library created these fabulous bookmarks to use for displays and to hand out in the library.

MVHS’s Art Class/Club is offering to make door displays for any of their teachers that want one. Here’s one that was kept up all last year:

And here are some other doors to get your creative juices flowing. I think this would be a great idea to do school-wide and maybe even as a contest.

Summit High School is going to announce a different fact about Black History Month or about black Americans each day of February. Their equity team is showing the OPB documentary about African Americans in Oregon during lunch one day and having a discussion the next day. Their library will be sharing bookmarks along with a book display. They’ve also shared the following links with their teachers that can be incorporated into the classroom.

Arts & Humanities:

Math:

Articles

Famous mathletes:

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Science

Lessons and other resources

Scientists

There are many ways to recognize Black History Month and we are so fortunate to have a plethora of resources at our fingertips.

Here are a couple of resources that I found:

We would love to hear how your school is showcasing Black History Month!

About Christie Boen

I have worked with Bend-La Pine since 2007. I am an Instructional Technology Coach and District Librarian.

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