Black History Word Search (Free Printable)

Learn more about black history month with our free black history word search printable.

There are 16 important vocabulary words to find relating to African American History.

Black History Month will be here in February and this word search is a great Black History Month activity. Perfect for kids in upper elementary and middle school. This can also be used when studying American history.

black history word search printable

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The importance of teaching Black History

It’s super important to teach Black history to your elementary and middle school students.

Why, you ask?

Well, learning about the contributions and struggles of African Americans throughout history helps students develop a better understanding and appreciation for diversity and social justice.

It also helps them recognize and challenge discrimination and racism in their own lives and communities.

By teaching Black history, you can empower your students to become agents of change and promote equality and justice for all.

So, let’s make sure we include Black history in our lesson plans, not just during Black History Month, but year-round!

Black History Month word search puzzle

Word search printables are an excellent homeschool activity for when the kids just need a break. They are educational, but more importantly, they are fun.

Word searches are one of the best games for kids for improving vocabulary, enhancing cognitive skills, and fostering a love for learning in individuals of all ages.

This free African American history word search is free to print but is for personal or classroom use only. Scroll to the bottom of the page to get the pdf file.

The black history words can be found, horizontally, vertically, diagonally, frontwards, or backward! Just to make it that much harder!

I have also added the answer sheet, some of the words are a little tricky to find!

Tip: I recommend either using a highlighter pen or circling around the letters. Do not cross the letters out if you have found a word, as it may be used in another word!

There are 16 hidden black history related words to find:

  • African
  • Boycott
  • Civil Rights
  • Discrimination
  • Diversity
  • Equality
  • Freedom
  • Heritage
  • History
  • Integration
  • Justice
  • Luther King Jr (check out our Martin Luther King activities for kids too.)
  • March
  • Peace
  • Racism
  • Riots

Check out even more Black History Month printable activities!

These words should be discussed openly with your children and explain what each word means. Explain why they are particularly important for black history month.

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Have fun with our free Juneteenth word search too!

Other Black History Month activities

Here are a few examples of other Black History Month activities that you can use to engage and educate your students:

  1. These Black inventor’s coloring pages feature influential Black inventors and their groundbreaking inventions. They provide a visual and creative way for students to learn about the contributions of Black inventors to science and technology.
  2. A Black History Month word scramble is a fun and educational activity. It challenges students to unscramble letters to form words related to Black history, encouraging vocabulary development and historical knowledge.
  3. Juneteenth is an important holiday commemorating the emancipation of enslaved African Americans in the United States. Juneteenth coloring pages can help students learn about the significance of this event and its historical context.
  4. These Barack Obama worksheets focus on various aspects of Barack Obama’s life and presidency. It’s a way to study a prominent Black figure in recent history.
  5. A Martin Luther King Jr word search featuring words and phrases associated with Martin Luther King Jr. can be an engaging way for students to familiarize themselves with his life, activism, and famous speeches.
  6. This Juneteenth word scramble activity centers specifically on Juneteenth-related words and concepts. It’s a great way to educate students about the history and importance of Juneteenth.
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Download the free printable black history word search

Make sure you choose the correct paper size and click on the shrink to fit button. All of our free printables for kids work better when printed on cardstock (this is the one we use and love.)

Last Updated on 16 July 2024 by Clare Brown