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Classroom Resources. Lesson Plans and Resources for Black History Month. Flipgrid Events- Virtual Field Trips. Kick Off Black History Month With Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain and a Host of Other Events. Smithsonian will celebrate Black History Month this year with a twist—virtual programming.

Kick Off Black History Month With Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain and a Host of Other Events

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture is offering a wide range of digital programs for all ages this February. The month kicks off February 2 with a book discussion with authors and scholars Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain on their newly released book Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619–2019, a 10-part book spanning 400 years of African American history. Sway. February 2021: Honoring Black Agency & Black Joy. This February, schools across the country recognize “Black History Month” with lessons, activities, and events meant to spotlight important figures in Black history and milestone events in the trajectory of Black life in America.

February 2021: Honoring Black Agency & Black Joy

Here at Facing History, we know that Black history is central to all of American history, and should be part of a robust teaching curriculum year-round. Alongside the lessons of Black history, it’s also critical to honor the resilience, creativity, and vitality of Black people in the face of inequity and violence, past and present. That’s why, this year, we’re celebrating Black History Month by honoring the themes of Black Agency & Black Joy.

Stay tuned this month as we share an array of teaching resources and blog posts designed to promote innovative instruction and reflection on these topics and help you strengthen your Black history curriculum for February and beyond. Sign up to be notified when our new resources are available. Black History Month 2021 // Milwaukee Film. Lesson of the Day: Amanda Gorman and ‘The Hill We Climb’ As its name suggests, occasional poetry documents and reflects upon particular occasions, events both public and private, grand and less grand, from Tennyson’s “The Charge of the Light Brigade” to Frank O’Hara’s “The Day Lady Died” on the death of Billie Holiday.

Lesson of the Day: Amanda Gorman and ‘The Hill We Climb’

Often occasional poems are commissioned and intended for a public reading. Through the ages, kings and queens have summoned poets to celebrate their triumphs. Since John F. Kennedy, most incoming Democratic presidents have invited poets to mark their accession to the highest office in the land. While presidents have typically taken a hands-off approach to the poem’s composition, President Kennedy asked Robert Frost specifically to read “The Gift Outright” at his inauguration and suggested a revision to the last line. In 2013, President Barack Obama asked Richard Blanco to be his inaugural poet. Fortunately, writing occasional poems is nothing new for Ms. Ms. [Ms. Variation in Human Skin Color. Purpose To explore the factors that control variation in human skin color and the implications of this information for human society.

Variation in Human Skin Color

Context This lesson is part of the Skin Deep Project, which examines the science behind skin. Skin Deep is developed by AAAS and funded by Neutrogena. For more lessons, activities, and interactives that take a closer look at the science behind skin, be sure to check out the Skin Deep Project page. In this lesson, students will learn about the factors that determine skin color and how adaptation and natural selection contribute to its variation. Diversity of human appearance and form has intrigued biologists for centuries, but nearly 100 years after the term “genetics” was coined by William Bateson in 1906, the genes that underlie this diversity are an unsolved mystery. Students at this grade level hold a number of misconceptions about topics related to skin color variation.

Read More Planning Ahead. Math- U of GA- Black History. Black History By Valerie Russell Celebrating Black History month in my math classes has always been a challenge.

Math- U of GA- Black History

After taking a History of Mathematics class I decided to incorporate some of what I learned. Many of the math problems were too difficult for my students. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Purpose To explore the issue of ethics in medical research and, in particular, the issue of informed consent, in the context of Henrietta Lacks and the HeLa cells.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Context This lesson uses the book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, written by Rebecca Skloot, which is one of the winners of the 2011 SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books. SB&F, Science Books & Films, is a project of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The ubiquitous cell line HeLa (whose immortality provides the book title) has helped power the explosive growth of cell biology for more than 50 years. It’s a story the students won’t soon forget, which is exactly what happened to Rebecca Skloot. Years went by before Skloot had the resources to pursue this mystery, but once she started uncovering the story, she didn’t give up, and a decade of research resulted in this award-winning book.

Students should begin this lesson with a basic knowledge about what cells are and how they function. Read More. Sources for STEM and Social Justice. Why Every Class Needs Read Alouds. Tamara Cox (@coxtl) / Twitter.