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.
Nancy I. Sanders is the author of many books, including 25 Read and Write Mini-Books that Teach Word Families and Old Testament Days.
“With a straightforward, readable text . . . and simple illustrative drawings, even young children can participate in this activity-based title.” —School Library Journal
“The pages are well designed . . . A useful resource for library collections.” —Booklist
"A fascinating look at an aspect of American history that is often left out of history books." —Washington Sun
"A great year-round activity and reference source." —Detroit News
"Offers an exciting way . . . to teach kids about their own heritage or the culture of those around them." —Parents Express