Black History Month Science Activity: Timeline


Students research and create a Black scientists timeline!

Grades 7 and Up

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Everything you need is included for students to create an African American Achievements in Science timeline or bulletin board. A variety of scientists are included with dates ranging from 1792 through today. Scientists represent a range of fields, including medicine, biology, physics, Earth, space, and chemistry.

***UPDATED for 2024! Now there are 25 scientists!***

Two versions are provided – Version One gives kids 25 pre-made biography cards and Version Two requires students to research 25 scientists (names and important dates given). The only supplies necessary are copier paper, glue and colored pencils.

Here’s the Process for Students:

  • Tape or glue together the provided timeline templates (5 – 8.5″x11″ sheets)
  • Attach biography boxes to the timeline
  • Enter the dates
  • Add pictures (provided) to each of the entries

What’s Included:

  • 25 Pre-made scientist biography boxes (for Version One)
  • 25 Biography prompts for students to research (for Version Two)
  • 25 Scientist pictures
  • Printable timeline template
  • Student instructions
  • Teacher instructions

Teacher Notes:

  • This project works well when assigned as a paired project.
  • As printed (several 8.5″x11″ pages), this timeline is more than 1 meter long, so it also makes a great Black History Month bulletin board.
  • NO COLOR PRINTING IS REQUIRED! The pictures look better in color but will print fine in black and white.
  • Please note: This Black History Month science activity is NOT editable.
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  • View even more details of this activity by checking out on its TPT page!


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