February is a month full of holidays. Why we decided to shove them all into the shortest month, I will never know. The upside is that February becomes full of fun learning activities...which is much needed during the long stretch between winter break and spring break. My district does not get Presidents' Day off (well, the kids do) so it is a long stretch.
This year I decided to create a fun project for Black History Month. Usually we do some things, but nothing like a cohesive project. However, the district is really pushing the students to read literary non-fiction and to spend time getting to know famous Americans through history, so I thought this was a great way to manage two goals at once. I wanted something more fun than a poster or a report, and (with some help from my husband) settled on a dodecahedron. Fun to say, easy to display...basically an awesome project that the kids always enjoy.
As a test run, my husband tried it out with his small group for reading. After doing some digital research with the websites in the pack, his class worked to create their dodecahedrons. He left two tabs out for easy hole punching so they could be strung from the ceiling as a display. Here are the results! I think it look fabulous.
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What do you do for Black History Month in your class?