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Black History Library Lessons & Scavenger Hunt


Grade Levels:
3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, and 6th Grade

No, this product is a PDF printable, with links to Google Slides. It is not editable.

Teaching Duration:
2-4 class periods

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Want to help your students learn more about African-American history? Especially in February, Black History Month? This Black History Library Scavenger Hunt provides one to four library lessons for you, in-person or virtual, helping your students learn about biographies and African-American contributions to our history!

Included in this product are 56 printable cards, featuring picture book biographies about these extraordinary people:

  • Hank Aaron
  • Will Allen
  • Marian Anderson
  • Troy Andrews
  • Louis Armstrong
  • Crispus Attucks
  • Josephine Baker
  • Benjamin Banneker
  • Jean-Michel Basquiat
  • Dr. Patricia Bath
  • Elgin Baylor
  • Simone Biles
  • Ruby Bridges
  • Gwendolyn Brooks
  • George Washington Carver
  • Alice Coachman
  • Bessie Coleman
  • Claudette Colvin
  • Elizabeth Cotten
  • George Crum
  • Frederick Douglass
  • Aretha Franklin
  • Kamala Harris
  • Audrey Faye Hendricks
  • Matthew Henson
  • Langston Hughes
  • Mae Jemison
  • Katherine Johnson
  • Lonnie Johnson
  • Mamie Johnson
  • William “Doc” Key
  • Martin Luther King Jr.
  • John Lewis
  • John Roy Lynch
  • Nelson Mandela
  • Thurgood Marshall
  • Garrett Morgan
  • Barack Obama
  • Jesse Owens
  • Gordon Parks
  • Rosa Parks
  • Bill Pickett
  • Horace Pippin
  • Jackie Robinson
  • Wilma Rudolph
  • Sojourner Truth
  • Harriet Tubman
  • Charles Henry Turner
  • Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Madam C. J. Walker
  • Mary Walker
  • Booker T. Washington
  • Venus and Serena Williams
  • Bellen Woodard
  • Emmanuel Yeboah

You don’t have to have all of these titles in your library to use this scavenger hunt. Just make doubles of those that you DO have, and use this list to inform your collection development. Or have students use these cards to search an online database for information about their person. They’ll write down the person’s name and accomplishment as an exit ticket (provided in this product), and can then research another person, if time permits.

Students can work on their own or in teams. The competition of searching for answers makes this an engaging activity for our students!

This product also includes:

  • 2 pages of Teaching Tips How to Use this Product for up to 4 library lessons
  • 2 Library Lesson Plans
  • 2 printable full-page recording sheets or exit tickets, for students to write down what they learned
  • 3 printable half-page recording sheets or exit tickets
  • 56 digital scavenger hunt cards, so students can search for books on your library’s online catalog
  • 5 digital exit tickets, to be shared via Google Slides

The thorough lesson plans included with this download can be used year after year with multiple grade levels.

Standards Addressed:

AASL National School Library Standards – See the AASL Standards Framework for Learners to view full text. 

  • Inquire –  D.1.
  • Include –  B.3.
  • Collaborate – D.1.
  • Curate – A.2.
  • Explore – A.1. –  C.1.
  • Engage – A.1. –  D.1.

Common Core English Language Arts Standards –
© Copyright 2010 National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and Council of Chief State School Officers. All rights reserved.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.10.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.10.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.10.

Texas Essential Knowledge & Skills (TEKS) –
© Copyright 2019 Texas Education Agency. 

  • TEKS LA.3.5
  • TEKS LA.4.5
  • TEKS LA.5.5
  • TEKS Social Studies 3.17.A
  • TEKS Social Studies 4.21.A
  • TEKS Social Studies 5.22.c

Terms of Use
© Library Learners – By purchasing this product, you receive a one-user license. Copying or distributing to others is prohibited.  ​See our Site Terms of Use for more information. For teacher-librarians: You may use this product with all of your classes and students.

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Grade Levels

3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade


No, this product is not editable.

Lesson Plan Included?


Teaching Duration

3 class periods


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