Black History Month – Garrett Morgan Craftivity

February is Black History Month!

You mean you didn’t know that already?!

Even if you didn’t remember, I wanted to share a quick little craftivity with you to celebrate Mr. Garrett Morgan.

If you don’t really know who he is, Mr. Morgan is the man who drew up the plans and created one of the most useful inventions of all time: the red light, or the stop light… depends on which part of the country you live in I suppose.

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We read a book about Garrett Morgan first. Skipping forward to the craft, which was super fun and my kids were so excited. The craft requires no prep and nothing else except for construction paper, glue, scissors, and if you’re feeling brave, glitter.

To practice our cutting skills, I drew a circle on each color of construction paper (red, green, and yellow only). I let my students cut out their own circles and glue them to the  black construction paper.

I thought it looked kind of bland, so I made the brave decision of getting out the (drum roll please) glitter! It is not often that life skills gets out the glitter, but when we do, we go all in.

By the time we were finished, even our paraprofessionals had glitter on their faces! In the end, it was such a fun activity that gave my kids the opportunity to show me their motor skills and how far they’ve come since the beginning of the school year. It’s amazing what one little craft can show you.

Since we had read about Garrett Morgan, I had my students do a little recall after the activity to show me what they remembered about the book. As you can see in the picture below, I have a wide range of ability levels in my classroom, but we all ended up with the same product. I love it!

How’ve you been celebrating Black History Month? Tell us in the comments below!


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