Benjamin Banneker Lesson Plans

Benjamin Banneker Lesson Plans

I'm so glad you stopped by to see what resources we're using for our study of Benjamin Banneker's life!  I hope these resources and lesson plans help you enjoy a great study of Banneker's life and accomplishments!

There are so many wonderful directions you can go with a study on Benjamin Banneker!  Our top recommendation is simply to learn about his life!  Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Don't have the letter yet?  You can grab the snail mail letter here or the instant digital download version here.

For the free downloads to go with our Banneker letter go here!

For All Ages


Ted-Ed Video


Your Story Hour’s Exciting Events: Volume 7 “The Milkmaid’s Grandson”

Stuff You Missed in History Class: Benjamin Banneker (this one is better for adults & older students)


Put together a wooden clock kit.  Here’s one that looks super fun!


Benjamin Banneker Historical Park & Museum in Catonsville, MD in person or enjoy this virtual tour from wherever you are!



What Are You Figuring Now?  A Story about Benjamin Banneker by Jeri Ferris

Tick Tock Banneker’s Clock by Shana Keller

Banneker Lesson Plans

One Week with Benjamin Banneker

Day 1: Learn about Benjamin Banneker
  • Read the Heritage Letter from Benjamin Banneker

Day 2: Read a book about Benjamin Banneker

Day 3: Listen to a podcast or watch a video about Benjamin Banneker

Day 4: Learn how a clock or a watch works. 

Bonus: if you have access to an old clock or watch that the owner doesn’t mind having taken apart, take it apart to study the mechanisms that make it work.

Day 5:

Complete the Benjamin Banneker Pamphlet in our free printables using all you’ve learned this week!




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