Juneteenth is an African American history monument that has been lost in the modern education system. A time of family reunion, a celebration of culture, customs, and practices that were lost throughout slavery. This is an annual holiday that we are finding to be an essential lesson in school. We're bringing you both hands-on and digital resources your students will enjoy and be excited to immerse themselves in. Here is a list of 20 Juneteenth Educational Resources for your classroom!
Juneteenth Educational Videos
1. BrainPop | What is Juneteenth?
2. What is Juneteenth? | Why Do We Honor It?
Studies have shown that students learn a great deal by talking with peers. In this video, a young student takes us on an informational journey of American slavery and June 19th. Take your class on this journey and then open up the discussion with them.
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3. What Is Juneteenth? | Inside Edition
Inside edition provides a magnificent history lesson on this American holiday. Explaining such an important holiday to students can be difficult and hard to find proper information. This video gives a great insight into Juneteenth.
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4. Juneteenth Explained
This easy-to-understand, teacher-created video will give an intro to the national holiday; Juneteenth. Creating a learning plan around this video will help your school students understand be excited to learn more about history!
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5. Juneteenth | Colossal Questions
Colossal questions offer an informational animated short story explaining and answering frequently asked questions about this African American history movement to bring into your classrooms.
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6. Juneteenth | That's A Rap
Your students will enjoy this rap focused on the complex history of Juneteenth. Not only will they enjoy it, hopefully, they will also be inspired to make their own piece of art demonstrating their understanding of the hidden history of our country and our past.
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Juneteenth Educational Books
7. Juneteenth A Children's Story | By Opal LEE
Juneteenth is a day of celebration that can be easily understood by even our youngest school children in this educational story by the famous; Opal Lee.
8. Opal Lee & What it Means To Be Free | By Alice Faye Duncan
A book that should be available to children all over the world. Add this to your history of women's boxes of books. An informative story about the road to Juneteenth becoming a national holiday. Follow Opal Lee and her journey.
9. What is Juneteenth? (What Was?) | By Kirsti Jewel
The What Is series has become a classroom favorite in my elementary classroom. Help your students understand the legacy of slavery, the effect of white people, and much more through this information text.
10. Free At Last: A Juneteenth Poem | By: Sojourner Kincaid Rolle
This is a beautiful piece teaching about so much more than just a day in history. Dive into emotions and feelings through these strong words from a beautiful poet who has written and published a variety of children's poems.
11. A Children's Guide to Celebrating African American Independence | By: Shanita Arindell
Great reading on the history of enslavement and understanding the different emotions that were felt throughout this holiday. Add this to your lesson plans on Juneteenth or black history month.
12. Activity Guide filled with an Abundance of Teaching Resources
This activity book is filled with classroom guides and classroom activities for students and teachers. Easily photocopy activities and give students a lasting impression about the essential questions of this annual holiday.
Juneteenth Additional Resources
13. Close Reading And Comprehension
Give your older students close reading passages to not only dive deep into the understanding of Juneteenth but also to connect it to their yearly curriculum. A perfect way to celebrate this holiday in school.
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14. Juneteenth Party Poppers
Celebrate the black community in your classroom this year on Juneteenth. Your students will be super excited to make these party poppers at the end of a lesson on black history.
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15. Juneteenth Media Collage
Are your students creative and visual learners? This Juneteenth mixed media collage is perfect for students all over the US. They will be super excited to find pictures of the barriers to freedom faced by their fellow Americans.
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16. Juneteenth - Minecraft Edition
17. Juneteenth Whole-Class Poster
Freedom revisited throughout the year is super important to students and to their comprehension. Assess and reflect on true freedom with a whole-class poster about what freedom means to all of you together.
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18. Juneteenth Poem Study
Build economic power with your students with a study of this beautiful poem. Assess it with your students and allow them to express what it means to them. There are so many different poem activities that students will love to do with this!
Learn more: Woo! Jr.
19. Juneteenth Flip Book
Flipbooks never get old and students never really outgrow them. Give your students this flipbook to build and reinforce students learning about African American celebrations - Juneteenth. Have students use this time to practice and build their research skills.
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20. Juneteenth Word Search
End your Juneteenth unit with a word search like this. I love to have this in packets or work on the back table for students to complete in their free time. They love using vocabulary words they've seen in our lessons to enhance their learning and understanding.
Learn more: Monster Word Search