FHSD Celebrates Black History Month

Posted on 02/01/2018
FHSD Celebrates Black History Month

During the month of February, students and staff at FHSD will be honoring Black History Month. Throughout the month, students will explore a variety of topics, research various leaders and influencers, and explore cultural and demographic changes. A list of activities across the District can be found below.

Kindergarten:

  • Kindergarten students at Independence Elementary will be reading multiple books about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. They will complete writing activities about how they can change the world.  
  • Students at Becky-David Elementary will read various books about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and discuss how he changed the world. The students will write about a “dream” they have.
  • Kindergarten students at Central Elementary will read a variety of texts about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. They will also be utilizing BrainPOP, A-Z Books, ReadWorks, and the library.
  • Students at Harvest Ridge will read a variety of books about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. They will write about what they learned and share it with classmates. They will also explore BrainPOP, BookFilx, and A-Z Books. Students will write about a “dream” and changes that can make the world we live in better for everyone.

First Grade:
Students will read multiple books about famous American leaders including Rosa Parks, Jackie Robinson, and Martin Luther King Jr. They will write opinion pieces about characteristics that make these individuals great leaders.

Second Grade:
Students in second grade will read texts selected for small reading groups that focus on contributions from African-Americans.

Third Grade:
Students will read multiple books about Martin Luther King Jr. They will study the contributions of many famous African-Americans, such as Harriet Tubman and Jackie Robinson.

Fourth Grade:
Students in 4th grade will read multiple books and texts about the contributions of many famous African-Americans, such as Jackie Robinson, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr., Ruby Bridges, George Washington Carver, and Harriet Tubman. They will write opinion pieces about characteristics that make them great leaders.

Fifth Grade:
Fifth grade classrooms will be watching videos, reading books, and discussing the contributions Martin Luther King Jr. and other famous African-Americans have made to our country.

Barnwell Middle School:
Social Studies teachers will be putting up bulletin boards in their respective hallways. The No Place for Hate student committee is planning a movie night at AMC Theaters tentatively scheduled for Feb. 20. Morning announcements will include details about unsung heroes and events in African-American history, and a STEP documentary after school.

Bryan Middle School:
All eighth grade classes will be learning about American reforms and abolition of slavery. Students will learn about black Americans and their contribution to the abolition of slavery.

Francis Howell Middle School:
Eighth grade U.S. History will teach early American reforms/abolition of slavery. These students will also write a DBQ on Harriet Tubman or political and economic restrictions of free blacks in the North, prior to the Civil War. Sixth grade Geography is currently discussing apartheid and Nelson Mandela. In CCC, a week will be spent on short lessons based on the NEA and Scholastic, BrainPOP, and the History Channel.

Hollenbeck Middle School:
All eighth grade classes will be learning about American reforms and abolition of slavery. Students will learn about black Americans and their contribution to the cause of abolition.

Saeger Middle School:
Students and staff are presenting in-depth reports on important people that have influenced black history. The Learning Commons will host a video display (virtual gallery walk/ museum tour) about notable African-Americans and their achievements. During Spartan Time, talking points will reflect the effort, stories, and achievements of African-Americans. Sixth grade will be viewing a video about Black History Month and will complete a digital scavenger hunt about notable achievements of African-Americans. All eighth grade classes will be learning about American reforms and the abolition of slavery. Students will learn about black Americans and their contribution in the cause of abolition.

Francis Howell High School, Francis Howell Central, and Francis Howell North:
Students will be learning about the Civil Rights Movement in ninth grade U.S. History, and the contributions made by black Americans. They will complete a WebQuest by gathering information from a variety of websites to learn about the first African-American fighter pilot squadron—the Tuskegee Airmen. Students will read about the "Tuskegee Experiment,” the pilots' training, the group's influence on military segregation, and the accomplishments of the individual airmen. Students will answer questions and apply this information, by assuming the role of a 1940s reporter and writing an editorial in support of military integration. U.S. History classes will also look at the Double V Campaign during World War II. There will be lessons on the impact of Imperialism in Africa. Students will discuss topics, like the Progressive Era, the Industrial Age, and Imperialism. There will be a Rosa Parks magazine article assignment for the Civil Rights unit where students create an editorial or magazine article with graphics after reading online primary source articles in an activity on historical thinking. Students will listen to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech and complete a worksheet. Additionally, there will be discussions on the causes and demographic/cultural changes of the Great Migration as part of the 1920s unit.

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