Lesson Plan

Researching Black Inventors

Inventors and their novel inventions are always a thrilling topic! In the lesson Researching Black Inventors, first graders and second graders are encouraged to research the rich history of African American inventors. This engaging lesson plan provides students with an opportunity to learn all about inventors they find interesting and the impact those inventors have on the world. Perfect for Black History Month, this learning activity highlights informational writing skills and helps build students' vocabulary.
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Learning Objectives

  • Students will be able to conduct research.
  • Students will be able to write an informative text.


(5 minutes)
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  • Gather the students together in a group.
  • Explain to the students that today, they will be learning all about African American inventors.
  • Ask students to turn and talk to a partner, explaining what it means to invent something. Provide students with sentence stems/frames such as:
  • "An inventor is someone who ________."
  • "An inventor ________ new things."
  • Allow students to briefly share their ideas with the rest of the class. Clarify that an inventor is someone who makes something that has never been made or has an idea that no one has had before! Record some other words that they may know that are similar to inventor such as: builder, creator, maker, innovator, experimenter.
  • Play the "The ABCs of Black Inventors" video.
  • Ask students to share out one thing or person they learned about from the video.