FREE Black History Resources for Lessons and Activities

9 Free & Unique Resources for Black History Lessons, Activities, and Info

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Black history month is every February, but you don’t need to wait for the designated month to add amazing people to your lessons and studies. There are so many great black history heroes to study!

Finding resources (for any theme lesson) can be overwhelming!

But, no worries!

If you’re looking for black history resources, we’ve put together a great list of activities and lesson plan ideas.

Check them out!

Black History Facts: Did you know that Black History Month “…was created in 1926 in the United States, when historian Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History announced the second week of February to be ‘NegroHistory Week'”?


9 Free and Unique Resources for Black History

9 Free & Unique Resources for Black History Lessons, Activities, and Info

1. African American History Museum

Ages: All

The National Museum of African American History and Culture is an interesting place to start.

On the site you can explore different African American cultural exhibits, as well as read about stories throughout history.

2. The J. Paul Getty Museum

Ages: Kindergarten – High School

The J. Paul Getty Museum website has an amazing “Resources for the Classroom” section.

There are complete lesson plans including art, science, history, ESL, women in history and so much more that you may find helpful for black history.

The downloads are free, but there are links to resources you can purchase in the online store to enhance the learning.

3. Library of Congress

Ages: Kindergarten – High School

The Library of Congress has a great selection of teacher, classroom and student lessons, eBooks and information on a variety of topics related to historical happenings in the United States, including black history.

You can also sort the information by Common Core standards, state regulations, and by organizations.

4. Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

Ages: Mainly 5th Grade – High School

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History provides historical information by eras and by categories.

Examples of themes include:

• African American History

• Native American History

• Economics

• Film

• Government

• Women’s History

• Religion


Not all areas have lesson plans, but look in the sidebar menu for “Teacher’s Resources” (like in this example for Women of World War II).

The site is free, but you do need to register as an educator, student, or school.

You have access to the site while you are being approved.

(NOTE: When I registered as a homeschooler,  I immediately received a login email. I’m not sure there is an approval process beyond registering.)

5. Federal Registry for Educational Excellence

Ages: Kindergaren – High School

The Federal Registry for Educational Excellence was a website from the federal government that listed 2,000 learning resources and new sites were added regularly.

The portal was retired in 2015, but it still has some pages available.

There is a great page for Martin Luther King, Jr. and civil rights, as well as activities.

6. National Park Service

Ages: Kindergarten – High School

Who would’ve thought you can find lesson plans from the National Park Service, right?

However, they have amazing lesson plans and information called “Teaching with Historic Places” that is centered around teaching about history, events, and people from the standpoint of the location.

For example, check out Discover Colonel Young’s Protest Ride for Equality and Country: A Lightning Lesson from Teaching with Historic Places, featuring the historic Colonel Charles Young House. It will fit perfectly with your black history studies.

Pretty cool!

7. ScienceNetLinks

Ages: Kindergarten – High School has a ton of resources for Science-based learning on anatomy, environment, math, chemistry, engineering, technology and so much more.

There are even lessons on science-based careers.

Don’t miss the entire section on black history that includes a ton of different resources and information!

8. National Gallery of Art

Ages: Kindergarten – High School

From the National Gallery of Art, each lesson plan focuses on one piece of art.

Lesson plans can cover shape, form, texture, color, and more.

They also have audio and video prompts and information.

Don’t miss the section on Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People. It “investigates black portrait photographers and artists who have profoundly reshaped the image of contemporary and historic African Americans, and continue to do so. ”

Great art additions for black history learning!

9. Smithsonian Heritage Resources

Ages: Kindergarten – High School

From the Smithsonian Institute, you have access to a wealth of information on heritage, culture, and background, including black history, women’s history, Asian Pacific heritage, Native American heritage, Hispanic heritage.

It’s another portal that I felt like I could get lost in (in a totally good way).

Once you access a heritage area, you are given lists of additional information from other Smithsonian sites.

Good stuff!







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