Most teachers share content related to Black History Month in social studies and reading classes, however, I think Black History Month should be a focus in all content areas. That’s why I developed these Black History Month math activities for my students.

There are so many contributions Black, Indigenous, and People of Color have made to math. Recognizing these contributions during Black History Month is so important for your elementary math classroom!  Here are some ways to incorporate black history month math.

Celebration Contributions of Black Mathematicians during Black History Month

There are so many Black, Indigenous, and People of Color that have significantly changed the field of mathematics. Share their stories and contributions with your students as a cross-curricular way to celebrate Black History Month. Black History Month Math starts with these amazing Black Mathematicians!

Katherine Johnson

You and your students may be familiar with the name Katherine Johnson after the popularity of the movie Hidden Figures.  Johnson along with Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson used her knowledge of math and science to send John Glenn on his orbital space mission. Not only was Johnson one of the first major female and African American contributors to NASA, her legacy paved the way for science and math technology in the space program for years to come. Johnson died at 101 in February 2020.  

Celebrating Black History Month Math by following the current happenings in NASA and SpaceEx, modern scientific events that Katherine Johnson paved the way for.

Here is a read aloud by the Illustrator, Laura, Freeman, of Hidden Figures

Benjamin Banneker

You and your students have Benjamin Banneker to thank for keeping the time in your classroom.  Yes, Banneker invented the first clock in America. In addition, he was an astronomer that predicted solar eclipses and understood the patterns of the sun, moon, and stars. Black History Month Math is not complete without a study of telling time, something possible because of Black mathematicians like Benjamin Banneker!

Check out “Have you Thanked An Inventor Read Aloud” from Youtube Below

Gladys West

Even if your students have not heard the name Gladys West, they are familiar with this African American mathematician’s contributions to modern America! West, age 91, is credited with developing satellite models that eventually became Global Positioning Systems or GPS. Study Black History Month Math by celebrating Gladys West’s contributions! 

Have your students use Google Maps to map out directions and mileage from home to school or for a special trip (planned or dreamed)!

Black History Month Math

When it is time for math review, don’t forget to keep celebrating with Black History Month Math.  The Black History Month Math resource gives facts about African American heroes while reviewing important multiplication math skills!  

Practice multiplication with fact power!  The resource includes multiplication facts from 2-12, Doubles, x20, x25, and Mixed Review. 
 While your students are practicing their multiplication tables, learn about the contributions of African American heroes while completing color by number worksheets. These heroes will inspire your students with Black History Month Math!

  • Thurgood Marshall
  • Sojourner Truth
  • Booker T Washington
  • Sarah E Goode
  • Ruby Bridges
  • Marcus Garvey
  • Fredrick Douglass
  • George Washington Carver
  • Jackie Robinson
  • Jessie Owens
  • Bessie Coleman
  • Coretta Scott King
  • Marian Anderson
  • Horace Pipen
  • Harriet Powers
  • Ella Fitzgerald
  • Effa Manley

As an added bonus, use the bookmarks with multiplication facts to review times tables all year long! Black History Month Math is here! Study the contributions of Black mathematicians and heroes throughout American history.

Your students will enjoy reviewing their math facts while learning more about these incredible humans through Black History Month!
Want a FREE sample?  Click HERE to grab this Multiplication Color by Number celebrating the GREAT Maya Angelou. 
Black History Month Math Activities FREE for 3rd Grade Math, 4th Grade Math and 5th Grade Math Students
Black History Month does not need to be the only time to showcase these amazing men and women’s accomplishments.  What do you do in your home or classroom to celebrate greatness?
Black History Month Math Activities for Third Grade Math, Fourth Grade Math and Fifth Grade Math
Black History Month Math Activities for 3rd Grade Math, 4th Grade Math and 5th Grade Math Students

You can always “COUNT ON ME” for engaging, differentiated math resources to help every student shine!


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