Black History: Scientists Extension Activity

We’ve got chemistry with these scientists! Prepare students for a journey through time! As students learn all about scientists from the 20th and 21st century, they’ll build their vocabulary skills through a series of challenging and engaging readings. Students will learn about perseverance, empathy, and the resilience of Black Americans who’ve made significant contributions to different scientific industries. From computer science to the medical field, there’s sure to be an inspiring story and role model in the pages of our Black History Month: Scientists Extension Activity Packet!

Grade
4, 5, 6
CCSS Standard
R.1, R.2, R.3, R.4, Reading: Literature or Informational Texts, SL.4, SL.5, Speaking & Listening, W.10, W.4, W.5, W.7, Writing
NGLS Standard
R.1, R.2, R.3, R.4, Reading Literature or Informational Texts, SL.4, SL.5, Speaking & Listening, W.4, W.5, W.6, Writing

Extension Activity Packet (4 activities)

The Black History Month activity consists of these key sections:

Black History Month: 21st Century Science Vocabulary activity

Students read two short bios and take notes about Katherine Johnson and Edward Bouchet to learn more about famous and influential Black scientists from the 20th century.

Students exploring other 20th-century black scientists by learning about Mark Dean and Dr. Hadiya-Nicole Green, and then describing how Mr. Dean and Dr. Green’s contributions to science helped society advance.