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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 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.


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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 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.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    This is a great resource for homeschool kids, teachers, librarians, and anyone wanting to know a more in-depth look at African American History. The book is divided into sections: Africa, Colonial America, The Civil War, Civil Rights Movement, Black History Month and Martin Luther King Jr, Beyond, and features a bit about Kwanzaa as well at the end. Each section has games, masks, songs, stories, crafts, and other activities that showcase the famous people or events during history that perfectly This is a great resource for homeschool kids, teachers, librarians, and anyone wanting to know a more in-depth look at African American History. The book is divided into sections: Africa, Colonial America, The Civil War, Civil Rights Movement, Black History Month and Martin Luther King Jr, Beyond, and features a bit about Kwanzaa as well at the end. Each section has games, masks, songs, stories, crafts, and other activities that showcase the famous people or events during history that perfectly and respectfully tells African American History. Would say, probably a 4th grade reading level. Lots of neat ideas in here!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    I like the mix of comprehensive history, important highlights, and simple straightforward writing in this book. Also, the activities seemed to relate very well to the text in each section, and enhanced the learning. This book is a book every American should read, not just African American and not just children. I was amazed at how much I learned as an adult (granted, a white adult who was sheltered from a lot of African American history growing up) about the history of our country and even a bit I like the mix of comprehensive history, important highlights, and simple straightforward writing in this book. Also, the activities seemed to relate very well to the text in each section, and enhanced the learning. This book is a book every American should read, not just African American and not just children. I was amazed at how much I learned as an adult (granted, a white adult who was sheltered from a lot of African American history growing up) about the history of our country and even a bit about the history of nations in Africa. Because it is written with a child audience in mind (Grades 2-4) the content is on the one hand not as graphic but also not as subtle as an adult text. An example: "Whether Africans had been princes or chiefs, married or with children, at the slave market they were treated like cattle and sold without any care for their personal identity or feelings." I thought passages like these were actually more powerful because they were written with a younger audience in mind: they expressed the essence of the matters very quickly and clearly. The only weakness of this text is that it was written in 2007, just one year before America had its first African American president! Perhaps there will be an updated edition (this edition is an update to the first one from 2000), meanwhile the absence of Barack Obama from its pages is striking!

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