TeachersFirst's Women's History Month Resources
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.
Grades4 to 8
In the ClassroomSpark your students' interest in how one brave individual changed history by not giving up her bus seat to a white passenger. Whether you are doing a unit on people who make a difference, civil rights, tolerance, or studying women and events in history, this self-contained website provides resources and materials that you can display on your classroom whiteboard (or with a projector). Involve students in using the interactive links to enhance learning and springboard discussions on what still needs to be done in regards to acceptance and embracing racial, ethnic, and cultural differences. Use an online tool like The Interactive Three-Circle Venn Diagram, reviewed here, to compare and contrast discrimination in our country then with similar challenges we face today, and what still needs to be accomplished for a better tomorrow. Broaden the concepts to include that even when we are brave and have courage, change doesn't come about immediately; it takes time and continued perseverance. Culminate the unit with a writing prompt for students to reflect on and explain: Have you ever faced something that you thought you couldn't stand up to?
GradesK to 6
In the ClassroomInclude this site for your computer center time. Challenge students to post the highest score on the math games. Use the keyboarding practice games to help students learn proper keyboard placement of fingers.
Grades5 to 12
In the ClassroomShare the puzzles on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students work with a partner to try out the puzzles on their own. Challenge students (or groups) to create their own word puzzles from one of the TeachersFirst Women History Month resources you are using. Have them share as a class challenge and a student-run interactive whiteboard activity or share them on a class wiki. Students can create a crossword, word search, matching game and more using a tool such as Educaplay, reviewed here.
GradesK to 12
In the ClassroomOf 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 for Education, 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!
Grades6 to 12
In the ClassroomThis 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.
Grades6 to 12
In the ClassroomIf 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.
Grades6 to 12
In the ClassroomTake 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.
Grades6 to 12
In the ClassroomUse the 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.
Grades6 to 12
In the ClassroomUse 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.
Grades4 to 8
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In the ClassroomUse 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.
Grades7 to 12
In the ClassroomIntroduce 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.
Grades1 to 6
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