Classroom Resources

Monthly Themes

Women in History

Writing Prompt

Persuasion:

Suffragists persuaded 36 states to sign the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote. Ask students: What right or freedom do you think you deserve? Then have students write a paragraph that persuades someone to grant them their new right or freedom.

Activities

Grades 1–8: Social Studies/Language Arts
Word Finds

Have students find words related to women in history hidden in a puzzle.

  • Women in History (grades 2–4) (PDF file)
  • http://www.eduplace.com/monthlytheme/march/pdf/women_easy_wf.pdf
  • Women in History Answer Key (grades 2–4) (PDF file)
  • http://www.eduplace.com/monthlytheme/march/pdf/women_easy_wf_key.pdf
  • Women in History (grades 5–8) (PDF file)
  • http://www.eduplace.com/monthlytheme/march/pdf/women_hard_wf.pdf
  • Women in History Answer Key (grades 5–8) (PDF file)
  • http://www.eduplace.com/monthlytheme/march/pdf/women_hard_wf_key.pdf
Grades 1–8: Social Studies
Quizzes

Test students' knowledge about women in history.

Grades 2–5: Social Studies
Kids Have Rights Too

Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton worked many years for women's rights. Lead a class discussion on children's rights. Ask students which rights they think they should have, and then have them write a Kids' Bill of Rights. Students can then create picket signs that state their demands.

Grades 2–8: Language Arts/Social Studies
Lights, Camera, Action!

Frame by frame, students can produce and direct a feature story about a famous woman. Have students fill in the frames to create a timeline, a documentary, or a story, using drawings or pictures. Have students write a script to accompany the film. You can hold a “film festival” for students to present their work.

  • Filmstrip (PDF file)
  • http://www.eduplace.com/monthlytheme/pdf/filmstrip.pdf
Grades 2–6: Social Studies
A New Stamp

Invite students to put their own stamp on Women's History Month. Have each student create a postage stamp honoring the accomplishments of a favorite female. On the back of each stamp, students can list important details, including dates and other facts about the woman.

Grades 3–5: Social Studies
Great Women Trading Cards

Have your students make trading cards that illustrate the achievements of great women past and present.

  • Trading Cards (PDF file)
  • http://www.eduplace.com/activity/pdf/women_cards.pdf
Grades 3–5: Social Studies
Rosie the Riveter

Rosie the Riveter was a fictional character, famous for convincing stay-at-home women to swap housework for work that helped the war effort. Have your students learn about Rosie.

  • Rosie Puzzle 1
  • http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/ndlpedu/features/puzzle/rosie/rospuz1.html
Grades 3–8: Social Studies/Language Arts
Letter to a Woman

Invite students to write a letter to a favorite woman. They can ask a question about the importance of the women's rights movement, or they can thank her for being a positive role model. She could be a relative, a friend, a politician, or anyone at all.

Grades 3–8: Social Studies/Language Arts
www.Mrs.Bush

Have students learn more about First Lady Laura Welch Bush and then send her an e-mail (first.lady@whitehouse.gov). Students can write about an issue that concerns them or ask her about her goals as First Lady.

Grades 4–6: Social Studies
First Lady Game

First Ladies have played an extremely important role in our country. Have each student choose a favorite First Lady and explore her history. (Tell them to keep their choices secret.) Then have each student write a brief description of the First Lady chosen. Arrange students into teams and have the teams take turns reading the descriptions and guessing the identity of each First Lady.

Grades 4–8: Social Studies
Where in the World, Amelia Earhart?

Send students around the world with Amelia Earhart. Have students label on a map of the world the route of Amelia Earhart's last flight.

Grades 5–7: Social Studies
Match Them!

How well do your students know famous women and their achievements? Have them test their knowledge with this matching game.

Grades 5–8: Social Studies
Female Athletes Timeline

Have students create a timeline of their favorite female athletes. They should include one fact per female on the timeline.

Grades 6–8: Social Studies/Language Arts
Crossword Puzzle

Have students test their knowledge of women in history.

Grades 6–8: Mathematics
The Math of Ada Byron Lovelace

The math that Ada Byron Lovelace developed in the 1800s is the foundation for today's coolest video games. Have students test their math skills by doing activities that introduce and apply finite differences.

Grades 6–8: Social Studies
Women in Art

One way to access women's history is to examine art (paintings, drawings, and carvings) from various periods. For example, an interesting picture could be presented to introduce students to a period. They might conjecture about what it tells them about the period, or they might do additional research on it, using images from their textbook or other sources.

Grades 5–8: Social Studies
Pack Her Bags

Have students use the library, the Internet, and other sources to research a famous woman. Then ask students to write a packing list of the items and clothing she might have had in her briefcase, suitcase, or pocketbook. Challenge students to identify the names of two or three colleagues she would have had in her address book.


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