Black history and culture is an important part of the American story and at ACA we made sure to take this month to focus and celebrate Black History. Fredrick Douglas and Abraham Lincoln both have birthdays in February which is why this month was chosen nationwide. Here are a few activities our classes are participating in to emphasize the history and achievements of African Americans.
In Elementary Reading:
They will do a read aloud of the book Wilma Unlimited about Wilma Rudolph. Students will write about the text and share how they were inspired and what their interpretations of what it means to be "unlimited".
1st graders will read Through My Eyes the Ruby Bridges Story and will write letters to Ruby Bridges.
All 3rd grade classes will be diving into biographies during their Reader's Workshop time. Some prominent figures they will focus on are: Duke Ellington, Nelson Mandela, Ruby Bridges, Wilma Rudolph and Jesse Owens.
5th Grades entire Module is on Jackie Robinson with a portion on Black History and the students will be doing a Jackie Robinson project.
6th graders will be watching a clip from the Jackie Robinson movie and having a discussion about how he and others made a difference in bringing equality in places it wasn't before.
Middle School Social Studies will specifically focus on the role African Americans played in WWII and the Tuskegee Airmen.
In the Historical Literacy class, Middle Schoolers will be doing an assignment about African Americans in the Manhattan Project and 7th grade Social Studies will listen to Story Corps: Civil Rights Stories about the fight for equality at the start of every class.