A Kid's Guide to African American History

A Kid's Guide to African American History

More Than 70 Activities

Book - 2007
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What do all these people have in common: the first man to die in the American Revolution, a onetime chief of the Crow Nation, the inventors of peanut butter and the portable X-ray machine, and the first person to make a wooden clock in this country? They were all great African Americans. For parents and teachers interested in fostering cultural awareness among children of all races, this book includes more than 70 hands-on activities, songs, and games that teach kids about the people, experiences, and events that shaped African American history. This expanded edition contains new material throughout, including additional information and biographies. Children will have fun designing an African mask, making a medallion like those worn by early abolitionists, playing the rhyming game "Juba," inventing Brer Rabbit riddles, and creating a unity cup for Kwanzaa. Along the way they will learn about inspiring African American artists, inventors, and heroes like Harriet Tubman, Benjamin Banneker, Rosa Parks, Langston Hughes, and Louis Armstrong, to name a few.
Publisher: Chicago, Ill. : Chicago Review Press, c2007
Edition: 2nd ed
ISBN: 9781556526534
1556526539
Branch Call Number: Ju 973.0496 SAN

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CRRL_JessieFarrow Dec 15, 2015

Useful resource for teachers, parents, and kids. This book ranges from Ancient Egypt to modern Kwanzaa celebrations and provides historical background, short biographies of prominent figures, and easy hands-on activities. While well-known people and events are included, Sanders also makes a point to introduce readers to pieces of history and people they might not normally encounter, such as inventor Lewis Latimer and Civil War nurse Susan Taylor. Like the history, the activities include a range of options, with games, songs, recipes, and crafts all holding a place. The book also includes a detailed bibliography, teacher resources, and a suggested reading list for kids who want to find out more.

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