Online Activities & Resources discover and learn at home
Explore: During the pandemic, we gathered some links and information for our community to enjoy. We continue to add items here that we think will be of educational interest to families in the neighborhood.
Celebrate Black History Month every February by checking out these resources:
Local Philadelphia History: Learn about Philadelphia Civil rights icon and groundbreaking contralto Marian Anderson via online resources from the National Marian Anderson Museum and Historical Society As the first Black woman to perform with the New York Metropolitan Opera in 1955, Marian Anderson became an iconic figure in the struggle for civil rights. The Marian Anderson Historical Residence Museum is the Center for the Life and Legacy of Marian Anderson.
Check out this online exhibition: The African American Experience in Philadelphia challenges users to participate in piecing together the historical experience of African Americans in Philadelphia through five defining themes: Creating Community, At Work, Leisure Time, Twentieth Century Political Life, and Moving Beyond Caricature.
Teacher-recommended videos about Black History: The past two years have certainly been unprecedented ones—a pandemic, civil unrest, political turmoil, and more. Through it all, racial injustice has taken center stage. At times, we’ve all navigated uncomfortable conversations, but it’s more important than ever to dig deep and be the leader our communities deserve. Here’s a list of Black History videos for students in every grade level. ttps://www.weareteachers.com/black-history-videos/
Book resources: Each winter, the Coretta Scott King Book Awards are given to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values. The committee that selects the awards is part of the American Library Association. The author or illustrator must live in the United States or maintain dual residency/citizenship, and the book must have been published in the preceding year. Check out our list, with the 2022 winners and honor books at the top. And for more excellent picks, try these Award-Winning African American Books.
Celebrate Women's History Month every March by checking out these resources:
WHYY, the Fresh Air Archive Interviews The immensely popular daily national radio show, created in Philadelphia, with host Terry Gross has a special collection for Women’s History Month, called “She Leads: Trailblazers of the Past, Present and Future.” It contains 20 different interviews spanning four decades, covering a huge range of topics, from DC Comics to queer identity politics.
Explore the National Women's Hall of Fame https://www.womenofthehall.org/women-of-the-hall/
Explore the National Women's History Museum https://www.womenshistory.org/students-and-educators/biographies