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.


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.


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.


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!


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