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Women's History Month Activities

Instructor: Grace Pisano

Grace has a bachelor's degree in history and a master's degree in teaching. She previously taught high school in several states around the country.

In the United States, March is known as Women's History Month, a time to celebrate the contributions women have made to the nation's history and the barriers they have had to overcome. This resource provides activity ideas for K-12 students.

Women's History Month

Since the 1990s, Women's History Month has been celebrated for the entire month of March to bring attention to the role women have had throughout the country's history. Each activity in this asset includes a general description of the activity. Beneath this, you will see adaptations for younger students (elementary school) and older students (middle and high school). Scaffold and adjust the activities to meet the readiness level of your students. There are opportunities for both group and individual work in this asset.

The Most Important Woman I Know...

In this activity, student's will think of the most important woman they personally know. For both adaptations, students will work towards the understanding that it is the actions of ordinary people who shape history and the world. The focus should be on a relative, community leader or other adult who plays a role in their life on a day-to-day basis.

Lower Grades

Students in lower grades will write a 3-5-sentence paragraph that names the most important woman in their life and describes why that person matters. Students should think about how she is changing lives, why she is the one who popped into the student's head, how they know the woman, etc. After writing their short paragraph, students should draw an illustration of the woman doing what she is passionate about.

  • Materials needed: Copy paper, coloring materials

Upper Grades:

Students in upper grades will write a 1-page description of who the most important woman in their life is, how they know her, how she impacts the community and how she inspires them. Students can brainstorm different female figures with elbow partners, but each student should write their own paper. After students have finished, allow some students to share with the class.

  • Materials needed: None

Biography: Read and Reflect

In this activity, students will read the biography of an important woman in history. Students will work in small groups to learn about different women who have shaped the world. After reading their biographies, they will share what they learned with the class. For both age groups, you will want to select about 10 resources, either short children's books (for lower grades) or short biographies (for upper grades) so that there are a variety of women to discuss. In both age groups, once students have shared what they learned, have a discussion of what character traits overlapped between all the women studied.

Lower Grades

For the lower grade adaptation, select about 10 illustrated children's books to read about. Work with the librarian to find interesting books on women. Some might be famous women from history and others can be common women who made bold choices to shape the path of our nation. Depending on grade level, you may want to select books from a variety of reading levels and create groups based on ability or read the books to each group as one part of a station's activity.

  • Materials needed: Books

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