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Black History Lesson Plans

Clara Said:

Help! I need a black history center for my first grade students that will be education and decorate my door!?

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I don't know why you felt that it was relevant to tell us the make up of your students because students of any race could benefit from this type of lesson.

Anyways, I do have a lesson that is relatively quick and easy and can make an impact on your students. There is a book called, The Crayon Box that Talked. If you have the Reading First Program, it might be included in your reading books. If not, you could find it online. It's a great story that is on their reading level. All you have to do is put coloring sheets of a single crayon outline in the center (you can copy these handouts from the link below) and have the students draw a self portrait in the middle portion and color the remaining areas a color of their choice. You can write the poem (that's basically what it is), The Crayon Box that Talked on chart paper for them to read before they color. Have them cut these out and make sure they write their names neatly on the front. You can cover your door or board with black paper (it looks pretty because it contrasts nicely with the bright colors. Type out the poem and mount it on a bright piece of construction paper or print it on paper with crayon borders...laminate it.You can make a crayon box out of posterboard that is painted green and yellow with the word Crayons written in Green on the yellow or viceversa. Make it three dimensional by folding on the short sides about 4 or five inches in from the edge. Hot glue or staple the sides on (you may need to make a tab to make attaching easier. Staple or tape the crayons that your students make coming out of the box and bursting out. Hot glue some real crayons all over the background to add interest.
I enjoy doing this with my students and even adults that walk by are touched by the message about celebrating diversity.

Marion Said:

Okay here's the deal, we're lesson planning for kids aged 6 weeks to 2 years old....?

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So am I right in assuming that you have to create an activity for each domain, for every theme? (So for cold weather, you will need to have a group time, block play, dramatic play, and etc. activity?) Wow, that's a lot of planning for such little kids! Are these themes daily or weekly? Are you allowed to have overlap--that is, use the same activity more than once, because it would fit more than one theme? That might make your life easier.

Here are some ideas for one theme....let's try cold weather, because it's first. At group time, you could show the word "cold" with a cold teether from the refrigerator...touch the teether and say, "Cold!" and shiver, then have the children touch it to feel what cold is like. At block time, you could make a pretend igloo with a white sheet, and build with blocks inside the igloo. For the dramatic play area, have hats and gloves that children can try on. (Of course, avoid scarves for this age.) My two year old loves walking around the house wearing his mittens! For language and literacy, read snow books, or take pictures of the children in their own cold weather gear and make your own book to share. Outside is easy for cold weather--just outdoor play. Parent involvement--have parents share a picture of their family in cold weather, or share their favorite cold weather storeis. Cognitive would be more of the "cold" demonstration. My toddler likes going between bowls of warm water and cold water and saying "hot" and "cold". (Watch the temp of the cold water, as kids this age will keep playing in the cold water even if their hands are chilled.) Creative arts--snowflake stamps or snowflake cookie cutters with play dough. Self-help--putting on mittens (good luck!) and boots. (They won't be able to do this on their own, but they'll have fun trying.) Mental health--???? Fine motor--pick up "snowballs" of crumpled up white paper or wax paper (of course bigger than chokable size) Music/movement--role play putting on winter gear, role play making a snowman, find a fun snow song.

Does this help? If you can come up with some routines, then switching out for a different theme shouldn't be too hard. For example, a prop in the block area, something new and different in dramatic play, family input for family involvement, and so forth.

Good luck!

Emily Said:

Any ideas for a lesson plan for adults and children's groups about teaching the story of John Henry?

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I know for a fact that Samuel L. Jackson has narrated the famous illustrated version of it. I wanna say it's a Reading Rainbow thing. It's available on United Streaming, but I think you have to have a membership to view it. It's out there though, and he does a good job with it. The famous version of it won the Coretta Scott King award (I think, lol). If not that one, then it won the Caldecott. It's watercolors and has all sorts of great literary devices you could pick apart.

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