Black History Activity – Grades K-5
Famous African Americans ABC Book
Help students create an ABC book with short biographies of famous African Americans in history.
define the word biography,
learn about famous African Americans in history,
use the letters of the alphabet to create an ABC book about famous African Americans.
African Americans, famous, ABC book, history
teacher-selected and/or student-researched library sources about African Americans in
printouts from sites listed in the lesson
construction or drawing paper
drawing materials, such as markers or crayons
pens or pencils
Suggestion: You may want to complete this activity in two lessons.
Ask students to name some famous African Americans they have studied.
Read aloud to students background information about some famous African Americans in
history from library sources.
Discuss the meaning of the word biography. Tell students that each person will create a
one-page biography for a class ABC book about famous African Americans in history.
Assign each student one famous African American. Have students check library sources
or provide printouts of information about African Americans from the links at Pathfinder:
African American Biographies
Distribute construction or drawing paper and drawing materials.
Have each younger student draw a picture of the assigned person and write a few words
about the person under the picture. Have each older student draw the person and write
several paragraphs about the person under the picture.
When all the pages are finished, arrange them in ABC order. Have students brainstorm a
title for the book and a design for the cover.
Variation: Focus the book on a specific theme in black history; for example, create an ABC book about African American leaders,
scientists, writers, or famous women.
Evaluate each student's contribution to the book.