This post originally appeared on the blog Social Studies Success.
Choose your topics and set up your folders. Each folder will need to include the step by step instructions for a Prop Box Play, a checkoff sheet, a rubric, and a reading passage. I used Black History Month passages from The Sweetest Thing on TpT. To add a little extra spice, I printed up Black History Month Clip Art from Drawings with John – beautiful!
Give your students TIME! They will need to research their topics, create their script and props, and rehearse their play.
ENJOY your kids’ creativity! This is your opportunity to let your kids shine – consider videotaping their performance to show parents or other students. Use a rubric for easy grading and feedback to each group.
Thank you so much to the teachers in Alief ISD who allowed me to use their pictures for my blog! I really enjoyed my day in our training! If you try a Prop Box Play Let me know how they worked for you. For more engaging activities for Black History Month, try my Black History Month Lap Book. Your students will research and create a Lap Book featuring different leaders in Black History.
I have been serving in the education field for over 25 years. I started teaching in 1993 as a 7th and 8th grade history teacher. After 13 years in the classroom, I transitioned into the role of an instructional coach based on a high school campus. This window into other teachers’ classrooms motivated my inner calling to improve Social Studies instruction. I realized how important front line education is to changing the way students react to and learn from the important life lessons Social Studies has to share. After working as a central office Social Studies Coordinator, I created Social Studies Success. I provide professional development, consulting services, and resources to Social Studies teachers. Social media has intensified my efforts to share best practices by allowing me to share ideas and teaching strategies around the globe. I want every child to understand the importance of Social Studies in their life – and every teacher to have the tools to reach them.