Activities

General Activities

Games

Activities created by ASALH’s Publication Committee

Existing Quizzes

Create your own puzzle/quizzes

Family History Games

Curricula /Lessons

General Activities

  • Virtual Movie Nights using platforms, such as Zoom, Rave, and Scener
  • Panel and Lectures
  • Cooking Demonstrations
  • Storytelling
  • Book Clubs /Reading Group
  • Role playing
  • Book and Poetry Readings

Games

Activities Developed by ASALH’s Publication Committee

Existing Quizzes

Create your own puzzle/Quizzes

Platforms

  • Kahoot!: Make learning awesome for the entire family! Create, play, and share learning games (kahoots) together with friends and family, both in person and virtually.
  • Canva: Choose from several designs to create your own quizzes

Make your own Bingo and Pre-made Bingo Cards

African American Bingo Cards

Family History Games

Family History Photo Swap

Before the reunion, contact family members and ask them to bring family pictures, both new and old. Have everyone label the back of the pictures with a pencil, marker or sticker so that they can retrieve these once the reunion ends.

Scatter the pictures randomly across several large tables. Encourage family members to look or even trade.

Who’s the Baby?

In advance of the reunion, the organizer asks each adult family member to submit a photo of himself or herself as a baby or young child. They should also send along recent photos showing how they look now.

At the reunion, the game organizer sets up a board and attaches the photos in two columns labeled “Then” and “Now.” He or she numbers the baby pictures and assigns letters to the recent pictures. Family members who want to play can study the pictures during the reunion. They try to match the baby with contemporary picture and record their answers on a form that they drop into a box.

The actual match-ups are announced and the winner gets a prize.

Family Trivia

Beforehand, the game organizer collects questions about the family. By quizzing family members, all can learn interesting facts about your family history. Where did Uncle Earl serve during the war? What year were grandma and grandpa married? What town in Texas was Great-grandpa John from? Which branch of the family has the most kids under 16 years old? Who just graduated from Howard University?

Write the questions on 3-by-5-inch cards and put the answers on the back. Next, divide the questions into whatever categories make sense. You might have questions about “Ancestors,” “Recent Events,” “Love and Marriage” or “Wacky Relatives.”

To play, divide into teams of two, three or four players. For each turn, a member of one team draws a card from a category and asks the question of the team whose turn it is. Move to a new category for each turn. Keep track of the number of right answers for each team to determine the winner.

Curricula /Lessons

Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute: American Family Portraits (Section II)

This curriculum unit will investigate the black American family and its roots to give students an awareness of the history of the black family in this country. Many high school students have very sketchy knowledge, if any about the development of the black family in America. They know that black people were held as slaves, that their families were broken apart when slaves were sold, but are unaware that most slaves lived in a nuclear family and slaves, somehow, were able to develop a life for themselves and a culture.

Selected activities from We are Teachers

  1. Recreate a Black family’s journey using the Green Book. The History Channel offers a wonderful introduction to this guide that was written to help Black Americans travel safely during the mid 20th century.
  2. Create your own virtual museum dedicated to remembering slavery and its legacy. Thirteen.org offers some powerful student examples and a downloadable template you can use to try the activity in your classroom.
  3. Host a poetry reading. Have students choose a poem by a Black poet to learn and recite for the class. Choose a student to serve as the emcee, write up a program, and set the tone with dimmed lights and jazz music played between performances. The Poetry Foundation has excellent resources that can help get you started.
  4. Reimagine your geography lesson. Did you know that between 1915 and 1970, millions of Blacks left the South and resettled in places like Detroit, Los Angeles, and New York? Or that after the Civil War, many Blacks known as Exodusters, made their way to the Great Plains? Pull up a map and teach your students about the whys, wheres, and hows Black families moved about the country and how such demographic shifts shaped the United States we know today. You can also take an interactive trip on the Underground Railroad
  5. Use plays, such as August Wilson and Loraine Hansberry to understand Black family lives. With his American Century Cycle, playwright August Wilson explored Black life during the 20th century. Use the resources centered on the ten plays that make up the cycle to unpack that rich history. Consider choosing one to present to the entire school.

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Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) Joyful Kids ABC Activity Books

The Joyful Kids ABC activity booklet series invites caregivers and educators to support children’s positive identity development while growing their language and literacy skills with activities, museum objects, and new words based on the book, A is for All the Things You Are: A Joyful ABC Book.

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