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This editor's choice 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.

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National Women's History Museum - National Women's History Museum

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The National Women's History Museum site includes a rich collection of resources. Although the collection is certainly deep on issues related to women's suffrage, there is also information...more
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The National Women's History Museum site includes a rich collection of resources. Although the collection is certainly deep on issues related to women's suffrage, there is also information on women in World War II, women and education, women and the Progressive movement, and women spies. There are good photographs of artifacts from the women's movement, and a nice collection of lesson plans, grouped by grade level.

tag(s): jamestown (10), women (94), womens suffrage (25), world war 2 (142)

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Of course, the site would be useful to students doing research on the women's movement in general, or on the role of women during several important historical eras. In the "educational resources" section, there is a collection of quotations from women that would be great for creating displays for women's history month. Challenge students to create a poster for one of the women quoted using a tool such as Adobe Spark, reviewed here. There is also a group of quizzes that could be adapted for classroom use. The section focused on the women of Jamestown includes the stories of Native American women as well as the role of early European settler women and could supplement the usual Thanksgiving lessons on the new American colonies. There are also free lesson plans and classroom activities that teachers should take advantage of!

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National Women's Hall of Fame - National Women's Hall of Fame

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The National Women's Hall of Fame celebrates the contributions of women to society and each year nominates outstanding women for inclusion. This site contains brief biographies of...more
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The National Women's Hall of Fame celebrates the contributions of women to society and each year nominates outstanding women for inclusion. This site contains brief biographies of each of these women.

tag(s): women (94)

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This site would be useful as a resource for teachers who assign "heroes" biographies, particularly during Women's History month. As a class activity, or in small groups, brainstorm a list of modern women, not included on this site, for a future nomination. Challenge students to research one of these modern women and write up nominations. Create the new biographies, using the same format as this site, by using a tool like Sway, reviewed here.

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Not For Ourselves Alone - PBS

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Here you will find a PBS site connected to a Ken Burns film about Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony which contains some very nice resources on the women's ...more
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Here you will find a PBS site connected to a Ken Burns film about Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony which contains some very nice resources on the women's movement. Scroll to the bottom and view the menu item for Resources. Explore the Resource section which has lesson plans, primary documents, a photo gallery, and biographical information.

tag(s): biographies (91), women (94), womens suffrage (25)

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If you're looking for one site on the early women's movement or the women's suffrage movement, this one may do it. Take advantage of the lesson plans and resources therein. Once students know the history of the early women's movement, brainstorm more current information about women's rights and the women involved that could be included on this page. Have students or groups collect ideas and findings using Dotstorming, reviewed here. Dotstorming will allow students to include video, images, text, audio, voting & a chat box.
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Changing the Face of Medicine - NIH

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Here's a site that documents the achievements of female physicians while also providing lesson plans and information that will show students (at all levels) how physicians do their...more
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Here's a site that documents the achievements of female physicians while also providing lesson plans and information that will show students (at all levels) how physicians do their work. The biographies of women physicians - some dating back into the 19th century - are probably the strongest section of this site, but the lesson plans and Flash activities are also well worth a look. This site could be used in history, career planning, science, or women's history studies.

tag(s): medicine (71), women (94)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans offered in this site! There is also a recommended book list which could be a great addition to a classroom reading list, or as a list students can choose from for a book report. This is an excellent site for any study of women in the workplace and the evolution of the medical field.
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WASP on the Web - Wings Across America, Nancy Parrish

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While this site really assumes the user knows the story of the women who helped ferry aircraft of all sorts from factory to front during World War II, the various ...more
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While this site really assumes the user knows the story of the women who helped ferry aircraft of all sorts from factory to front during World War II, the various site elements offer glimpses of the people, airplanes, and places that made the WASPs an indispensable element of the war effort. The sounds add some additional realism. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view them at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as Freemake Video Converter, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): air (143), aviation (33), women (94), world war 2 (142)

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Use the audio/video on this site on an interactive whiteboard or with a projector to show students who the WASPS were as well as the contribution they made to the war effort. This would be a great addition to a lesson on WWII as well as the fight for equality between the sexes. Click on the Gallery and view Above and Beyond about the 38 WASPs who died during in service to their country. The information here is very brief. You may want to ask small groups of students to select three of four WASPs to research and share their stories using a tool like Sway, reviewed here. With Sway, you can have music, photos, videos, and even make it interactive.
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Votes for Women - Library of Congress

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This collection of original documents and images from the Library of Congress traces the evolution of women's suffrage from the early 19th century through the 1920s. While there are...more
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This collection of original documents and images from the Library of Congress traces the evolution of women's suffrage from the early 19th century through the 1920s. While there are many texts and writings, the images are the most approachable element of this site, which could form the basis for many sorts of research presentation.

tag(s): women (94), womens suffrage (25)

In the Classroom

Use this site as a resource for students working on research projects or papers about a suffragette or suffragism. Teachers can also use the primary sources on this site to find images an texts that can supplement your textbook material during a lesson or unit on women's suffrage. American History teachers will find plenty of materials in this site that can be incorporated into their classroom.

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Places where women made history. - National Park Service

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The National Park Service created this cybertour of locations in New York and Massachusetts that were important in the women's literary, rights, and suffrage movements. The presentation...more
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The National Park Service created this cybertour of locations in New York and Massachusetts that were important in the women's literary, rights, and suffrage movements. The presentation is dated, but useful for showing where people lived and events happened.

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Use the maps and timelines on this site over the interactive whiteboard and projector to guide students through a class lecture or discussion of the Seneca Falls Convention. The images are a little dated, but do a great job of putting the convention in perspective with other event locations. This would be useful in a US history classroom.

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Honor Roll of Notable Women - Scholastic

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Find a list of women achievers in history from Cleopatra through Oprah Winfrey. You can also nominate one of these women or someone else for the Honor Roll of Notable ...more
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Find a list of women achievers in history from Cleopatra through Oprah Winfrey. You can also nominate one of these women or someone else for the Honor Roll of Notable Women.

tag(s): famous people (23), women (94)

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Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. Have each group select one of the notable women, making sure that they fully study and research her biography. Have cooperative learning groups create podcasts demonstrating their understanding of their selected person, narrating it as though it were a news report commemorating her life. Use a site such as podOmatic, reviewed here).

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Eighteen Highly Recommended Books for Girls - Random House

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Source: Random House Publishing - This site lists books that illustrate strong women and women in non-traditional roles. There are also helpful hints to empower young girls. ...more
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Source: Random House Publishing - This site lists books that illustrate strong women and women in non-traditional roles. There are also helpful hints to empower young girls.

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