It is so important to read culturally diverse literature all year long. It is equally important to learn about important historical figures from many cultures all throughout the year. We definitely don't want to limit our study of famous African Americans to one month in the spring semester. However, we do like to take the month of February to dig a little deeper and really focus on Historical Heroes that helped change and mold our country. Let's take a look at what this may look like in the 2nd grade classroom!
In Rooted in Reading February we have a nonfiction reader that highlights four historical heroes. Students can use the reader to learn about George Washington Carver, Marian Anderson, Oprah Winfrey, and Thurgood Marshall. After reading students can also use the QR codes to research information about each person.
I haven't taught Social Studies in over 7 years!! BUT that doesn't mean we can't integrate holidays and researching with other subjects. Here students can recall important facts and write down information about each person.
As a class we can also use this chart to discuss each person.
The chart pieces have been added to Rooted in Reading February.
Reading about Ruby Bridges is always a class favorite because they can make real-life connections to a child that is around their age. This helps students see that no matter how young you are you can be the change and make a difference.
After reading about Ruby Bridges, the students wrote about her life and the difference she made.
We also take the time to recognize that our differences make us beautiful. The Crayon Box that Talked is a great book to read about celebrating our differences and how we all come together to make a beautiful world!
These activities come from my Black History Month unit.
Salt in His Shoes is another great read aloud that we used for Rooted in Reading April. This story about Michael Jordan also highlights the importance of perseverance, practice, and patience!
And of course we always always always take the time to read and learn about MLK!
You can read THIS post to see how I tied in our learning of MLK with biographies.
I also teamed up with TpT and Vera to talk about some of the activities from this post. Check that out below: