Port Washington UFSD

ENL DEPARTMENT PRE-K-12

Celebrating Black History Month

In celebration of Black History Month, the ENL Department Pre-K-12 compiled the resources below to help you explore the many contributions of Blacks through cross-curricular lesson plans, printables and activities that you may share with your students.

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February 2022

Black History Month Fitness Activity

Share Quotes of Day in Celebration of Black History Month


  • Quote of the Day - Every morning, greet your students with a new quote or fact that’s relevant to black history.
  • Fact of the Day - Research and share little known facts related to black history. You could do a theme a week. Try Famous Firsts, Music Facts, Hometown Heroes. The possibilities are endless.
  • Person of the Day/Week - Highlight a different person every day or week.
  • Question of the Day - Start each morning with a question about an important time in black history, music, sports or the arts.

Black History Month Resources K-5

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Teach students about Blacks in U.S. history and how they impacted later civil rights movements through stories, videos, and other lessons. Have students create a storyboard that shows why this person is significant

FACTS FOR KIDS

BLACK HISTORY FACTS FOR KIDS (SMART KID UNIVERSE)

Family and Heritage - Black History Month for Kids

Sesame Street: Black History Month Compilation

Sesame Street: Celebrate Black History Month Compilation

Jackie Robinson - American Hero

Black History Month: Jackie Robinson

BOOKS

"Dream Big Little Leader" by Vashti Harrison

Best Black History Month book for kids: 'Dream Big Little Leader' by Vashti Harrison

I Can Do Anything by Darryl Harvey

Black Children's Books (Read Aloud) | I Can Do Anything by Daryryl Harvey

Black is a Rainbow Color

BLACK IS A RAINBOW COLOR, READ ALOUD BY MS. CECE

"I Am Perfectly Designed"

Karamo Brown Reads "I Am Perfectly Designed" | Bookmarks | Netflix Jr

¡Pequeña María descubre su baile! / Little María discovers her dance! Book Trailer

¡Pequeña María descubre su baile! / Little María discovers her dance!

Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry

Hair Love - Read Aloud Picture Book | Brightly Storytime

Educational Resources

Martin Luther King Day of Service Activities K-5

1. Host a Teddy Bear and Friends Drive

Collect stuffed animals then donate to a homeless shelter for new arrivals. Your local police or fire station might accept this type of donation as well. A teddy bear can bring comfort to children in times of distress.

2. Make Hygiene Kits for the Homeless

Homeless people struggle to obtain basic necessities to wash their hands and brush their teeth. Organize your group to collect hotel samples or purchase travel-sized items from a dollar store to complete the kits.

3. Stand Up Against Hunger

People struggle with hunger every day. Collect non-perishable food items from neighbors, family and friends and donate to your local food bank. Before collecting items, check out your local food bank’s website to see what items are accepted.


For Regional Food Banks here.

4. Dr. King Statewide Food Drive

In keeping with Dr. King's legacy, the 2021-2022 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Statewide Food Drive will mark the 22nd anniversary of the community service initiative. New York State Agencies and several community-based organizations helped to collect over 673,660 pounds of food and raised over $132,265 in donations to date. Donations are collected and distributed in every region of the state; from the major urban areas of New York City, Albany, and Buffalo, to the rural towns of Sherburne, and Ogdensburg.


The food drive is co-sponsored by the Food Bank Association of New York State. The 2021-2022 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Statewide Food Drive will be held from December 10, 2021 through February 11, 2022.

We hope that you will join us in making a difference, because as Dr. King said, "No one's plate should be empty."


Where to Donate - Drop-Off Location:


Perry B. Duryea State Office Building250 Veteran's Memorial Highway, Hauppauge, NY 11788


For more information here.


For Regional Food Banks here.

Kids Can Be Changemakers! Let Dr. King’s Legacy Inspire Your Students

How to be a Helper

Kids are never too young to be Helpers.

Children of all ages can contribute in their own ways. Use these videos and resources to explore how young children can be Helpers by being kind, practicing empathy and more.

2021-2022 Random Acts of Kindness Calendar

K-5 Acts of Kindness Lessons

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Books by Black Authors

This is by no means an exhaustive list. Please chick out aalbc.com for a list of the 154 recommended Black Children's Books for more titles.



  • Brown Boy Joy by Dr. Thomishia Booker
  • Imani's Moon by Janay Brown-Wood
  • Little Legends: Exceptional Men in Black History by Vashti Harrison and Kwesi Johnson
  • Hair Love by Mathew A. Cherry
  • Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters by John Steptoe
  • Firebird by Misty Copeland
  • Sulwe by Lupita Nyong'o
  • Different by Christopher Singleton
  • Happy to be Nappy by Bell Hooks
  • My Brother Charlie by Holly Robinson Peete and Ryan Elizabeth Peete
  • Mixed Me by Taye Diggs
  • Salt in His Shoes by Delores and Roslyn Jordan
  • The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander
  • Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold
  • Whoosh!: Lonnie Johnson's Super Soaker Stream of Inventions by Chris Barton
Six Teaching Tools for Black History Month

From interactive timelines and rich multimedia to study guides, these resources can help bring Black history into the classroom.

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Celebrate Black History Month with this free collection of nonfiction dedicated to brave men, women and children who have made a big impact on the world.

Musical Harlem

In this 3-5 lesson, students will learn about the Harlem Renaissance and create original jazz artwork. They will listen to audio samples, analyze elements of jazz, research musicians, and learn how jazz became a unifier between community and culture.
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Landmarks of Harlem

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Student Art & Essay Exhibition

Each year, the New York State Education Department honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s memory by inviting schools to submit original student artworks and essays that reflect Dr. King's Six Principles and Steps of Nonviolence.


Purpose

  • To understand that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day commemorates the birthday of Dr. King and reminds all Americans of his dreams and goals for this nation
  • To have the opportunity to take part in the celebration of Dr. King's birthday
  • To reflect on ways to celebrate Dr. King's birthday and legacy in everyday life
  • To have the opportunity to learn about the social, political and economic factors that contributed to the civil rights movement
  • To learn about the philosophy of nonviolence as practiced by Dr. King and to understand its relevance for today's society
  • To appreciate and respect the contributions and rights of others without regard to the similarities or differences they may present

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Here you will find great activities and ideas which include biographies on athletes, scientists, civil rights leaders, and more! Utilize these ideas and resources for grades K-12 to examine the historical and social context of slavery. From art to technology, there are activities to connect Black history with every subject including holiday resources for Kwanzaa and Martin Luther King Jr Day.

Black History Month Activities & Resources K-12

Celebrating and Learning About Black History and Culture

Through children's books, interviews with Black children's authors and illustrators, classroom activities, online history resources, and powerful documentaries, we celebrate and learn about the lives and contributions of African Americans. We encourage educators and librarians to look for opportunities to include these stories throughout the year and across the curriculum.

Kindergarten - 2nd Grade

3rd Grade - 5th Grade

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Kids Books with Black Characters

Black History Month Resources 6-12

Share Quotes of Day in Celebration of Black History Month

  • Quote of the Day - Every morning, greet your students with a new quote or fact that’s relevant to black history.
  • Fact of the Day - Research and share little known facts related to black history. You could do a theme a week. Try Famous Firsts, Music Facts, Hometown Heroes. The possibilities are endless.
  • Person of the Day/Week - Highlight a different person every day or week.
  • Question of the Day - Start each morning with a question about an important time in black history, music, sports or the arts.

Martin Luther King Day of Service 6-12

1. Remember Service Men & Women

Send care packages to deployed troops, veterans, and wounded soldiers. Write a letter of gratitude for their service, and include snack and personal care items. Check out Operation Gratitude and Give 2 The Troops organizations to learn where to send your care packages.

2. Bring A Smile to the Homeless

Fill a pair of new socks with granola bars and bottles of water to give to homeless men and women you pass on the street.

3. Pitch In For the Elderly

Organize your group to rake leaves, shovel snow, or do housework for elderly neighbors. If you don’t have an elderly neighbor, consider a senior citizens neighborhood community.

4. Read to Senior Citizens

Aging eyes can make it difficult to read fine print. Volunteer to read letters, newspapers or magazines to residents in a local nursing home.

5. Collect Eyeglasses

Many nonprofit organizations collect old glasses and repurpose them by sending them to people in need. OneSight and Lions Clubs International are two organizations helping in this worthy cause. Research online which group has a location closer to you.


For more information here.

6. Stand Up Against Hunger

People struggle with hunger every day. Collect non-perishable food items from neighbors, family and friends and donate to your local food bank. Before collecting items, check out your local food bank’s website to see what items are accepted.


For Regional Food Banks here.

7. Blizzard Boxes

What is a Blizzard Box? With your help, we can address local food insecurity by packing Blizzard Boxes, which are filled with non-perishable food items. Boxes must include 1 of item item requested for a complete meal to be distributed to our local pantry, HOPE Community Services and other locations where there is a need.


For more information here.

8. Help A Child To Read

Become a literacy volunteer to tutor children at your local library or at one of our Title III after-school programs. It’s worthy of your time to help a child learn one of the most essential life skills. If interested, contact Mrs. Zarate at pzarate@portnet.org

9. Beauty Kits

What is a Beauty Kit? We are also working with local and national NGOs to help the thousands of Afghan refugees in the process of being resettled in the US. One area of great need is hair dye. Beauty kits would include 1-3 bottles of black and/or brown hair dye to be given to our Afghan guests currently housed at the NJ Joint Bases McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.


For more information here.

2021-2022 Random Acts of Kindness Calendar

6th - 8th Grade Lessons

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High School Acts of Kindness Mini-Lessons

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Connecting Dr. King's Legacy to Today's Reality

Looking for ways to help your students think deeply about both the achievements of the civil rights movement, and the enduring challenges that continue to impede social justice and equity? This eight-minute video helps students draw a line between the battles fought by King’s movement nearly five decades ago and current barriers to equality and opportunity. The accompanying support materials serve as a bridge between the past and the present, helping to set up a discussion about the unfinished agenda of King’s movement.

101 BLACK-AMERICAN FIRSTS

Black-American history is about much more than chronicling a series of “firsts.” The time and place of a breakthrough reflects not only remarkable individual achievement but is itself an indication of the progress or lack of progress of black people in realizing the centuries-old intertwined goals of freedom, equality, and justice. Our 2014 Black History Month Observance examines the progress toward those goals by acknowledging those who were the first in their fields of endeavor. We at BlackPast.org have assembled the following list which provides the names of the first Black-Americans in a variety of areas of achievement in government, law, diplomacy, the military, science and medicine, sports, literature, and other fields. Some of the names below like Jackie Robinson, Thurgood Marshall, Halle Berry, or Barack Obama will be known to most who read this list. Other names are less well known. Regardless of their fame, we applaud the efforts of all on this list as we encourage many, many others to follow in their footsteps.

44th president of the United States, Barack Obama

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February is Black-American History Month The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of Black-Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society.

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Black Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era, and Beyond presents a selection of paintings, sculpture, prints, and photographs by forty-three black artists who explored the Black-American experience from the Harlem Renaissance through the Civil Rights era and the decades beyond, which saw tremendous social and political changes. In response, these artists created an image of America that recognizes individuals and community and acknowledges the role of art in celebrating the multivalent nature of American society.

The artworks in the exhibition lay out a vision of America from an Black-American viewpoint. These artists embrace many universal themes and also evoke specific aspects of the Black- American experience—the African Diaspora, jazz, and the persistent power of religion.

National Civil Rights Museum Virtual Tour

The National Civil Rights Museum traces the history of the civil rights movement in the United States from the 17th century to the present. The museum is built around the former Lorraine Motel, which was the site of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968.

The museum consists of a complex of historic buildings in Memphis, Tennessee, with exhibits on the history and legacy of the civil rights movement.

During the segregation era, the Lorraine Motel operated as lodging that catered to Black-American clientele. Among its guests through the 1960s were musicians that including Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, Wilson Picket, and many others.

Following the assassination of King, Room 306 where King died, and the adjoining room were maintained as a memorial to the activist leader.

Eventually, a museum complex was developed, and in 1991, the museum was opened to the public.

National Parks Named in Honor of Black-Americans

There are more than 400 national parks across the country of different shapes, sizes, naming designations, and reasons for being created as parks. Black history is preserved and shared in many national parks with some being created as monuments to remember specific individuals in our nation's history. Explore national parks that were named after people and visit their websites to take a deeper look at their life's achievements, contributions, and lasting legacies.
Black History in Two Minutes (or so) is the new way to immerse yourself in Black History. Presented by Be Woke.Vote, the digital video series features dozens of short, engaging and factually accurate videos about important historical events or people who have shaped American history. Like never before, people of all ages, backgrounds and educational levels can learn more about the African American experience.
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To help you integrate Black History Month into your classroom, we offer a selection of lesson plans that cover a variety subjects and that can be adapted to fit multiple grade levels.

Underground Railroad: Routes to Freedom

The Underground Railroad was a network of people working to take enslaved people from the southern United States to freedom in the northern U.S. and Canada.

The Poet's Voice: Langston Hughes and You

When the Academy of American Poets, an EDSITEment-reviewed website, asked the public to vote on their favorite American poet, the verdict was decisive: Langston Hughes. The Academy then sent a petition to the U.S. Postal service urging the adoption of a stamp commemorating this most popular of American poets, and on February 1 (the poet's birthday), 2002, the U.S. Postal Service did just that, issuing the stamp pictured in the left-hand corner above.
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The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Brown v. Board of Education marked a turning point in the history of race relations in the United States. On May 17, 1954, the Court stripped away constitutional sanctions for segregation by race, and made equal opportunity in education the law of the land.

Brown v. Board of Education reached the Supreme Court through the fearless efforts of lawyers, community activists, parents, and students. Their struggle to fulfill the American dream set in motion sweeping changes in American society, and redefined the nation’s ideals.

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Separate is Not Equal Timeline

6th Grade - 8th Grade

9th Grade - 12th Grade

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BLACK-AMERICAN INVENTORS

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Student Art & Essay Exhibition

Each year, the New York State Education Department honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s memory by inviting schools to submit original student artworks and essays that reflect Dr. King's Six Principles and Steps of Nonviolence.


Purpose

  • To understand that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day commemorates the birthday of Dr. King and reminds all Americans of his dreams and goals for this nation
  • To have the opportunity to take part in the celebration of Dr. King's birthday
  • To reflect on ways to celebrate Dr. King's birthday and legacy in everyday life
  • To have the opportunity to learn about the social, political and economic factors that contributed to the civil rights movement
  • To learn about the philosophy of nonviolence as practiced by Dr. King and to understand its relevance for today's society
  • To appreciate and respect the contributions and rights of others without regard to the similarities or differences they may present

Celebrate Black History Month on Long Island

How to celebrate Black History Month on Long Island – Shopping, Dining, History & More

Black History month is all about celebrating the richness of black excellence, culture, and of course, food! Since we know how much families love having brunch on the weekends, what better way to celebrate Black History month than visiting or grabbing brunch to go from some of Long Island’s top black-owned restaurants?

Our friends at Black-Owned Long Island have curated a list of the Top 5 Black-Owned Brunch Spots to check out this month!

Chara’s Kitchen – Bellport
If you are looking for good ole southern comfort, head over to Chara’s Kitchen for some of the best soul food in town! You can find everything from Shrimp and Grits, St. Louis Style BBQ ribs and creamy mac and cheese. You can also check out their homemade dessert for the full experience! All of it is made to order, with love.

Sweet and Savory Cafe – Baldwin
Sweet & Savory Café is a local, family-owned cafe offering magical moments on the weekends! Their menu has all of the brunch items one can only dream of, such a Guac Toast that is way better than the classic avocado toast, chicken and waffles, and crab cake. They also have scones and specialty drinks like a Vanilla Bourbon Latte (our fav). You can also grab a bottle of the McBrides Sisters Black Girl Magic wines.

Hush Restaurant Long Island – Elmont
Hush Long Island is located in Elmont and offers food for the soul. The restaurant is classy, chic, intimate, and the best place to indulge in “Caribbean fusion” dishes. The braised oxtail, Lobster and Shrimp Fried Rice, Vegetarian Pasta, and bottomless mimosas are some of our favorites.

GingerBites Hatian – Huntington
Gingerbites brings authentic Haitian dishes and beverages to Long Island. Some of our favorites are the classic Soup Joumou, Griot (Pork bits), served with rice and beans, fried plantain. They pride themselves on buying local and from organic farms.

Dunns River – Rockville Centre
Dunns River Restaurant & Lounge is one of the hottest Caribbean spots in Rockville Centre, serving authentic Jamaican food and drinks. Their menu features an array of dishes that cater to meat and seafood lovers plus vegetarians and vegans. Some of our favorite items are their Jerk Chicken, Escovitch Snapper and Stewed Tofu. They typically off dinner, lunch, and brunch (Sundays) on the go!

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February is Black History Month, and NYSED will launch our “My History, My Future” campaign once again. This annual social media campaign features inspiring quotes from outstanding students in New York’s My Brother’s Keeper programs expressing their hopes for the future. We will also continue to feature artworks from the New York State Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Student Art & Essay Exhibit each day through the end of February. I encourage you to follow the hashtags #MyHistoryMyFuture, #NYSMLK, and #StudentsExhibitingMLK on our social media channels (Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn).
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Black History Month: Planet Explorers

Friday, February 25, 2022 06:30 PM - 08:30 PM

Connetquot River State Park Preserve (Long Island)

Our understanding of space, our solar system, and our own planet was shaped by revolutionary Black Astronomers and Astronauts. Explore the wonders of the solar system with planetary activities and stargazing. Stargazing will be weather permitting.

Reservations are required and will be taken two weeks prior to the program. Space is limited.

To register, please visit Eventbrite.com and search #NatureEdventure

Phone: (631) 581-1072

Registration: Required