Women's History Month Activities and Videos for the Upper Elementary Classroom
Since March is National Women’s History Month, it is a great time to intentionally engage students in lessons and activities about the important contributions of courteous, brave, and strong women throughout history and now. Of course, we hope you are doing this throughout the school year, but I love using these intentionally set apart month's to challenge myself to weave as many "leading ladies"into our curriculum as possible. I've searched youtube for some of the most engaging and time sensitive (no fluff!) videos for Women's History.
A great way to set the stage for Women's History Month is to show this quick clip by PBS. The video has a 1:30 overview of Women’s History Month, how it started, and a brief snapshot of amazing women who are celebrated during the month of March.
This playlist by KidTimeStoryTime includes the perfect books for Women's History Month or anytime you want amazing real-life inspiration! There are so many amazing new books out there that feature ladies in science, technology, and math. My favorites include Counting On Katherine, Fearless Mary, Molly By Golly, and Malala Yousafzai, Warrior With Words. These texts would rack up quite the Amazon or Scholastic bill if you try to purchase all of them, so I encourage you to watch these stories thrilling stories of "daring, defiance, and do-gooding" with your students and decide which ones you must have before adding them to your classroom library!
The Geena Davis Institute compiled an AMAZING playlist of 20 minutes of Women’s History Month videos. (Hello, indoor recess time filler!) They are literally the best of the best, including Sung History (my personal favs!) and a Kid President Awesome Girl’s History rap. Malala Yousafzai, Grace Hopper, Susan B. Anthony, and more are featured.
Celebrate "These Legends of Chemistry" by allowing your students to watch this almost 6 minute video by Reactions. One saved the U.S. space program, another invented a better treatment for leprosy, and a third spawned an industry in the American Midwest. Mary Sherman Morgan, Alice Ball and Rachel Lloyd all had amazing accomplishments in chemistry, but their work was nearly lost to history. A very engaging and informative video that highlights more women in the field of science!
This is one of our own creations. Bow Tie Guy discusses the life, challenges, and accomplishments of Helen Keller. He spends about four minutes highlighting the great disabilities advocate and humanitarian, Helen Keller!
We have compiled some of our favorite videos (of our own) into a Women's History Month Video Bundle. James spends hours researching, designing, and recording the videos to make sure they are historically accurate, visually engaging for students, and add value to classroom instruction time. My personal favorites include Rosa Parks (because I included a primary source with AUDIO OF HER ACTUALLY TELLING THE STORY!) and Sacagawea because I’ve always been fascinated with her story, especially after "following her steps" on an epic roadtrip out West in 2016.
March is Women's History Month – commemorating and encouraging the study, observance and celebration of the vital role of women in American history. The month is set aside to honor female contributions-past and present. We need to be teaching about influential, world changing women all year long-not just in March! We have 30 biographies for "30 days of Female" in the Month of March if you are up for the challenge. We know fitting all of those amazing women into the lesson plans might be too difficult for one month, but we encourage you to grab the bundle that best works for you and make the passages work around what your standards require you to teach... throughout the year! If you are looking for a way to showcase these leaders, our differentiated passages are perfect for guided reading groups (for the whole month!), homework, whole group lessons, or centers. Investing in a biography bundle will be a great way for you to show your administration that you are differentiating for all learners, integrating content across the curriculum, and most importantly, teaching for a culturally diverse and appreciative classroom. Interested in a FREE Women's History Month activity? Download this leveled text activity about Katherine Johnson!
Looking to add some quality children's literature for a more diverse and culturally aware classroom library? Check out our blog post all about books featuring female world changers! Did you find this post a bit too late? Be sure to pin it for next year!