TeachersFirst's Women's History Month Resources
This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers and students learn about Women's History and to plan related projects and classroom activities. Whether you spend one class or an entire unit on Women's History, the ideas included within the "In the Classroom" portion of reviews will launch discussions and meaningful projects for student-centered learning.
Grades7 to 12
In the ClassroomClearly, this is a great resource for those teaching civics or US government. These activities will also be useful to US History teachers, as the issues covered span important political eras. For example, there are activities related to women's suffrage, the child labor movement, the GI Bill and the development of the Interstate Highway system. Lesson plans range from those designed to cover several days, to short "Congressional moments" videos perfect for introducing a concept or sparking class discussion. A number of the lesson plans and activities are designed specifically for iPads. Of note also is the fact that the video clips on the site are not links to YouTube, so will not pose an access problem for school districts that block the site.
Grades4 to 12
In the ClassroomUse maps for current events, geography, or much more. Use your interactive whiteboard or projector and show a sampler of Showcase maps to students. For example, share Great Women in History and The American Revolution. Consider asking a small team of students to create a Heganoo about a historic event or environmental issue you are studying. Have the student team demonstrate to the class how they created the project and how to use Heganoo at the same time. Heganoo would make a great project for any subject area. Students can create a Heganoo about a battle, a natural disaster, a famous scientist or mathematician, an author's life, or a short story you just read. Creating a Heganoo would be a good project for your gifted students to extend their learning about any subject.
Grades9 to 12
In the ClassroomIt can be tempting to relegate resources like this one to a special unit during Women's History Month, but the primary sources here need to be integrated throughout any study of civil rights in general and the importance of universal suffrage to a modern democracy. While the sources may all be related to the fight for votes for women, much of the content is also relevant in understanding the social and political history of the United States, particularly during the 19th and early 20th century. The lesson plans are comprehensive and include printable discussion guides and worksheets, as well as extension activities. They are standards aligned and Common Core compatible. Some of the extension activities mention using tools such as Glogster. Find alternatives that may allow more extensive free access by exploring the TeachersFirst Edge .
Grades1 to 5
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In the ClassroomIn younger grades, read the story to your class during shared reading. Use your interactive whiteboard or projector and discuss the elements of one of the folktales. Next, have small groups of students identify the elements of folktales in the other stories. Have students create an audio podcast of a folktale using a site such as Spreaker, reviewed here. Since there is only one illustration for each story, have students create their own visual presentation to accompany the podcast. Meet Common Core standards by changing the subject matter into prose, poetry, or a script. Readers' Theater material is at your fingertips! Compare and contrast the differences between types of writing. Put a modern twist on the folktales and bring them into modern times, while keeping the same theme.
Grades4 to 12
In the ClassroomAlthough Made with Code is aimed at girls, all students will love creating and designing projects with this fun website. Demonstrate how to use the site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Allow students to create projects on their own. Include customized avatars or gifs on your class website or with students' multimedia projects. If students create their own blog, challenge them to create a customized avatar. Made with Code would be a great addition for use with after school technology programs or during your school's technology fair. Include in your math or science class to help students learn logical thinking. Be sure to include a link to this site on your class website or blog for students to "play" with at home.
Grades4 to 12
tag(s): advertising (29), african american (105), architecture (65), branches of government (40), cities (22), conservation (115), cultures (86), environment (291), immigration (49), industrialization (13), literature (217), maps (251), native americans (66), north america (18), presidents (113), religions (50), sports (80), women (88)
In the ClassroomUse American Memory in your study of either state, or United States history providing further primary and secondary resources to bring life into your subject matter. Discover point of view or popular opinion found in the collections. Use on your interactive whiteboard with the class, or even as a resource on projects to give a personal reference. Combine with literature for understanding of a place or time in American history. Look at the year of birth for your students to compare and contrast for today. Use as an example for your year of learning in your subject area or even grade level. Be sure to list as a resource on student computers or your class website.
Grades7 to 12
In the ClassroomIn the classroom, use Project Mosaic to enhance your study of civil rights, storytelling, women studies, Florida history, or literature. The primary and secondary sources provide a deeper look into life in the early 1900's. In your leadership unit, examine the challenges Zora Neale Hurston faced in her life and how she turned these problems into stepping stones to meet her goals. Expand into other areas such as history and culture during World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, or even Desert Storm using primary and secondary sources. Have students interview groups of people who lived during those time periods, discovering how opinions greatly influence world events. Extend the study into literature and artwork of the period. Encourage students to become involved in local, state, or world events. Have students create their own renderings of the time period using one of the multimedia TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here.
Grades6 to 12
In the ClassroomClick Classroom to find Lesson Plan 2 for using the game. Try using this Wonder Women lesson along with The HTML 5 Gender in Advertising Remixing reviewed here. This site may help students draw conclusions about advertisers targeting boys and girls differently. Then you can relate their newfound knowledge back to the gender stereotypes they discovered in Wonder Women. Next you might consider introducing students to the modern heroine Cat, who represents an unconventional superheroine in My So Called Secret Identity reviewed here. For a complete unit, add a project where students collect and annotate a group of web links that show gender stereotypes. Use a bookmarking tool from the TeachersFirst Edge.
Grades5 to 12
tag(s): chinese (48), civil rights (95), great depression (23), immigration (49), industrial revolution (22), native americans (66), presidents (113), transportation (35), westward expansion (19), womens suffrage (15)
In the ClassroomYou may have thought about a unit in which students create their own documentaries, but then felt overwhelmed by all the logistical considerations. Digital Docs in a Box is the answer. While there is not an enormous archive, it is still growing, and there is plenty here to get started. Students don't have to track down their own images, worry about their formatting or copyright, or be distracted with those pursuits. Instead, they can focus on the real point of the project: to take historical information and images and use it to tell a story they themselves devise. The TeachersFirst Edge has dozens of reviewed digital storytelling tools for your students to create projects from these "raw materials." As a teacher, you can also focus on the same issues and not spend hours setting up the project, deciding how to assess students' success in executing it, or keeping students focused on the project goal. Once you've used the site a few times, you might be able to create your own Docs in a Box kits and expand the topics covered.
Grades6 to 12
tag(s): 1920s (14), assessment (69), civil rights (95), civil war (132), cold war (24), colonial america (102), immigrants (13), immigration (49), rubrics (26), slavery (64), thanksgiving (30), war of 1812 (12), womens suffrage (15)
In the ClassroomBookmark and save this excellent site as a resource for Common Core social studies literacy assessments. Many of these activities (and videos) are ideal for your interactive whiteboard or projector. Share the interactive rubric BEFORE the lesson, so students are aware of exactly what is expected. Use activities and materials provided on the site. Create your own similiar activities. Explore this site during professional development sessions for ideas for rubrics and lesson planning. Click on tags for "same assessment type" to find additional assessments not in the main list.
GradesK to 7
In the ClassroomBe sure to bookmark and save this site for math lessons and instruction throughout the year. Use the search feature to locate lessons appropriate for your teaching situation. Share webinars on the site for viewing during professional development sessions. Explore the collections for resources in every content area (be sure to choose "all" to view all available collections). Register on the site to save resources to easily find them.
Grades3 to 12
In the ClassroomUse the lesson plans on the site as a resource for discussing and debating global issues. If there is no time to complete a full unit, explore resources from each topic for ideas to use in your classroom. For example, try the ideas on interviewing individuals who migrated to the United States offered in the "How Did I Become the Person That I Am" unit. Share this site with students interested in journalism careers as a resource for learning more about the profession and some of its members.
Grades2 to 12
tag(s): african american (105), american revolution (69), civil rights (95), civil war (132), colonial america (102), colonization (15), great depression (23), iran (10), jefferson (16), kennedy (26), native americans (66), roosevelt (13), slavery (64), washington (30), womens suffrage (15), world war 2 (139)
In the ClassroomBookmark and save this site for use with any American History topic as a complete lesson or to offer another angle on current lessons. Have students create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Easel.ly, reviewed here or Venngage reviewed here. Before beginning a unit, have students brainstorm or collect ideas on a collaborative bulletin board like Scrumblr, reviewed here (quick start- no membership required!).
Grades5 to 12
In the ClassroomUse your interactive whiteboard or projector to help your class learn the background information and read the material through once. Work through the lesson together; then consider assigning groups of four students to go through the readings again, discovering the answers to the essential questions. Have students post the group's answers on a back channel chat program such as Today's Meet reviewed here so all groups can see all answers. Where answers differ, have students go back into the reading and cite evidence to support their answer on Today's Meet for all to see.
GradesK to 12
tag(s): 1800s (35), 1900s (24), angles (81), animal homes (29), area (57), civil war (132), communities (25), counting (118), decimals (124), equations (136), food chains (16), fractions (222), graphic organizers (46), habitats (72), hebrew (12), holidays (135), integers (40), iwb (31), life cycles (24), maps (251), mean (24), measurement (149), median (22), native americans (66), percent (76), place value (54), planets (107), plants (116), polynomials (28), pythagorean theorem (30), religions (50), rock cycle (10), rocks (42), STEM (68), transformations (17), volume (40), womens suffrage (15), world war 1 (40), world war 2 (139)
In the ClassroomBookmark this site to use as a resource for interactive whiteboard lessons and activities. Search for topics for your subject/grade level. View the STEM category to find activities for your class. Share activities on your interactive whiteboard, having students operate the board. Some activities would also be appropriate for individual computers.
Grades4 to 12
tag(s): art history (58), artists (62), biographies (42), black history (48), civil rights (95), civil war (132), cross cultural understanding (89), disasters (35), earthquakes (42), easter (21), inventors and inventions (95), korea (16), lincoln (79), mars (39), movies (50), natural disasters (18), presidents (113), primary sources (76), resources (100), south africa (10), vocabulary (312), weather (175), womens suffrage (15)
In the ClassroomUse this rich site to support your social studies, history, science, language arts classroom and many others! There is a lot here to explore and many diverse topics. Use the Visual Vocabulary Builder to introduce your students to new vocabulary in a different way. Middle and high schoolers could use the movies to teach about character development and themes. The site includes several lesson plans that help you teach with current movies. Have your students use the site to find historical images to use in presentations. (Be sure to check the licensing on any image you use and cite it properly.) Project the video clips using an interactive whiteboard or projector to introduce students to a unit of study. Challenge small groups of students to explore one of the topics presented at this site and share their "story" with the rest of the class. Have students create an annotated image including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here. Many texts on this site are also useful examples of informational texts for practice of Common Core standards.
Grades10 to 12
tag(s): 1600s (11), 1700s (16), 1800s (35), 1900s (24), 20th century (35), africa (177), asia (70), central america (13), europe (67), great britain (15), north america (18), russia (30), south america (31), women (88)