6 Ways To Celebrate Women’s History Month from 6 Female Teachers
Blaine Dunsmore Hargrove, Elementary Teacher
As I began writing this post, I started thinking of things I had done in the past to celebrate women. The more I thought about it, the more I realized that most of the amazing ideas I have used in the past come from the women around me. This gave me the idea to ask the ladies I am lucky enough to call colleagues to tell me the ways they celebrate the month in their classroom. This is a list of some wonderful suggestions from my school’s elementary staff to other teachers of ways you could celebrate women’s month in your classroom.
Character Education Class Featuring a New Female Figure Every Week
“Our school does a character education class every week. During women’s month, we highlight a different female and show how they displayed leadership in their community. For example, we discuss Mae Jemison the first week and how she showed leadership at NASA, Marie Curie and her contribution to science, Florence Nightingale and her ability to care for others, and Harriet Tubman and her display of leadership and fairness.” — Blaine Dunsmore Hargrove, 1st Grade
Biography Book Report on a Woman of Choice
“Pick a woman of influence and write a newspaper article style book report and build a recycled doll of that woman to share with the class”. — Caressa McClendon, 3rd Grade
Guest Speakers of Influential Women
“Look for influential women to come to the classroom to talk about the ladder they took to get where they are. I always have any guest speaker not only talk about their job, but also talk about what they had to study in school to get where they are. The kids start to see that reading and math are very important in many jobs. They also see that any job requires reading, writing, and math skills, even their friends parents had to learn basic skills. This encourages them to keep working hard, in their studies, to get jobs that they want later on in life.” — Ms. Melissa Ratzlaff, Second Grade
If I Were______ I would
“Pick a woman of influence and have your students come up with a First, Then and Last paragraph on what they would have done in her shoes to a make a big difference” — Erin Cone, First Grade
Research an influential woman
“Each student will pick from a list of influential women and research their lives. Each student will write an interesting fact about their influential woman and then draw their portrait.” — Christie Maestas, Kindergarten
Write a letter to an Influential Politician
“After learning about how government works, congress, and how bills are passed, pick a woman in the cabinet and write letters either asking how she got where she is or write letters to her on a topic that is dear to the students hearts such as child hunger, women’s rights, family laws, or lack of education for the poor and how we can better our statistics.” — Ms. Kathy Kendall, Fourth Grade
Some other ways to celebrate might include:
- Doing a simple read aloud with your students from the Who is…? book series
- For some fun, you can have the kids listen to Kid President’s Rap of Awesome Women
- Having the students write about the most amazing women they know and tell you why they think that woman is so amazing
- Start a mentor program with a local women’s club that brings in women to read to your students each month
- Have students write a thank you note to a woman that has inspired them or helped them in their lives
- Watch the history of Women’s Month on PBS
This is a list of some amazing books you could also use as resources for any of the project listed above:
- Five Brave Explorers by Wade Hudson
- The First Ladies by Margaret Brown Klapthor
- Marie Curie, Harriet Tubman, Florence Nightingale, Joan of Arc and Pocahontas (Animated Hero Classics Series) by Living History Productions.
I hope this list gives you a few ideas of ways to celebrate women’s month. If you would like any more ideas and exact lesson plans, please follow the link to the National Education Association’s Website.
Thank you so much for reading and Happy Women’s Month to you all!
Blaine Dunsmore Hargrove has been working in the education field since 2004 as a tutor, mentor, curriculum writer and educator. She obtained her Bachelors Degree at Freed-Hardeman University and Masters of Education at Concordia University. Upon completing her Bachelors, she taught English as a Second Language in Berlin, Germany and Rome, Italy. In 2015, she worked at Space Academy for Educators, where she taught teachers ways to implement Space Education into their classrooms. Currently, she is working as a multi-subject first grade teacher at Oakridge Private School in Orange, California.
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