The One Where We Talk About Ms. Angela Davis

For Black History Month, my kindergarteners and I talked about the one and only Angela Davis. Ms. Davis is near and dear to us here in the Bay Area, plus she's the "A" in one of my favorite books, Rad Women A to Z. I read a little about her from the book, and we discussed why she was such a strong person. One of my students shared with us that his mother was a student in her class at U.C. Santa Cruz. How amazing for this boy's mom to share with her 6-year-old her experience learning from Ms. Davis and how great that he recognized her name right away!

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We made simple Angela Davis Collages!

Each student will need:

  • 1 piece of Construction paper (ours were half-sheets)
  • Markers
  • Pre-punched circles: 1 smaller brown one and 1 larger black one. I used the die cut shape maker in the teacher's lounge.
  • Glue stick
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Glue the brown circle (the face) onto the black circle (the beautiful hair). Glue the two onto construction paper and draw the face and additional details. My students loved drawing peace signs, large earrings, eye lashes, and swirly designs. Some love to round off the corners with scissors (optional).

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This Little Light of Mine...

...I'm gonna let it shine. Let it shine. Let it shine. Let it shine.

We listened and sang along to Odetta Holmes' soulful song as we celebrated Black History Month. The book Rad Women A to Z has again brought us stories about strong Black Women who have influenced so many. We celebrated her beautiful voice and the music that she brought to the world by drawing music notes in a fun collage using the amazing illustrations by Miriam Kelin Stahl as a focal point.

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Each student will need:

  • A photocopy of the page "O is for Odetta" from the book
  • Markers
  • Cut-out squares in various colors
  • Construction paper 9x12
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick

Color the photocopy and cut out the letters and image. Glue them onto construction paper along with the squares. Draw music notes on the squares to finish.

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Who Was The First Black Woman in Space?

You don't have to look like Neil Armstrong to work for NASA, and that's why we LOVE Mae Jemison, the first Black woman to go to space! This simple collage portrait celebrates her epic journey in her space suit and helmet.

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Each student will need:

  • 1 piece of black construction paper (dark blue will work too)
  • 1/2 piece of orange construction paper
  • 1 brown pre-cut circle
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Crayons or colored pencils (must have white)

Cut the orange paper into the shape of her shoulders. One end should be straight to line up with the edge of the black paper. Glue it onto the black paper as shown. Glue the head, then add details to her space suit (zipper, patches, dots, etc.), draw her face, and use white crayon/colored pencil for stars and other cosmic objects. Don't forget her helmet!

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Note: I tend to draw "pie eyes," like old Mickey Mouse cartoons. You will see this in my students' drawings quite a bit!