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March is National Women's History Month

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woman_with_microscope_200X132.jpgThe 2014 focus for National Women's History Month is "Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment."  In celebration of Women's History Month, Thinkfinity is highlighting resources that honor generations of women who have used their intelligence, imagination, and talent to make important contributions to the STEM fields.


Be sure to take the time to celebrate Women's History Month in your classroom. Here are some great resources to get you started.

  • Women's History Month
    EDSITEment | Collection | K -12
    Throughout history women have made valuable contributions during wartime both in the civilian and military realm. No matter what the role—military personnel, pilots, nurses, journalists, or factory workers—women’s experience of war remains an important and sometimes overlooked aspect of America's history. EDSITEment invites students and teachers to celebrate “American Women in Wartime” with this collection of resources.
  • Women's History Month
    Science NetLinks | Collection | K-12

    Students will be inspired by stories about young women from around the world who have chosen careers in science, learn about the important historical contributions to science by women, and get advice from scientists who are thriving in their fields.
  • Women's History
    Smithsonian's History Explorer | Collection | K-12
    Find resources to celebrate Women's History Month, from women's suffrage to stories of women in the arts and the contributions of women in wartime.

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Great Women of Our Pasts

Smithsonian's History Explorer | Lesson | K-3
In Seven Brave Women, author Betsy Hearne describes generations of courageous women in her family. Students read Seven Brave Women  and then learn about brave women in their family and community by conducting a genealogical study.

Exploring the Sky

Smithsonian's History Explorer | Lesson/Activity | K-4
Get to know Maria Mitchell, America's first woman astronomer, and her tools by reading "Maria's Comet" and exploring activities that appeal to a variety of learning styles.

Winning the Vote for Women

Smithsonian's History Explorer | Activity | K-4
On March 3, 1913, 5,000 women marched in Washington, DC, to demand the right to vote. Consider the fight for women's suffrage by examining early 20th century protest banners, make a role model medal based on a pin worn by suffragists and more with this set of activities based on the book Mama Went to Jail for the Vote.

Females in the Spotlight: Strong Characters in Picture Books

ReadWriteThink | Lesson | 3-5
What makes a character strong? Students will gain a new perspective on that question as they read and discuss the picture books recommended for this lesson. Students make the acquaintance of several strong female protagonists as they create and share Character Trading Cards based on these titles.

Women's Role in the Civil War

ReadWriteThink | Lesson | 3-6
Women served in the Civil War as nurses, spies, and vivandieres. Explore these stories with students through a video clip and close examination of two dresses and a woman's uniform.

Amazing Biographies: Writing About People Who Change the World

ReadWriteThink | Lesson/Project | 3-8
After reading about historical figures and other important people that have changed the world, children choose someone that they consider to be “amazing”—either someone they have heard about or someone they know—and create a book page that highlights this person.

Sally Ride, first American woman in space, was born in 1951.

ReadWriteThink | Calendar Activity | 3-8 | May26
After exploring information about Sally Ride on the StarKids Who's Who site, students write a letter using the Letter Generator to Dr. Ride's foundation, Sally Ride Science.

The first woman swam the English Channel in 1926.

ReadWriteThink | Calendar Activity | 3-8 | August 6
Students brainstorm a list of famous athletic competitors and establish criteria for what makes an athlete "famous." Students then forecast which of today's athletes will still be remembered in 75 to 100 years.

Author Eve Bunting was born in Ireland in 1928.

ReadWriteThink | Calendar Activity | 3-10 | December 19
Students listen to a news article about the LA race riots and then read Smoky Night to discuss how a younger observer might be affected by these events and their perceptions.

Amelia Earhart completed her solo flight from Honolulu to Oakland in 1935.

ReadWriteThink | Calendar Activity | 3-12 | January 11
Students explore the definition of a hero and use the interactive Venn diagram to identify the most common characteristics of a hero.

Black Beauty author Anna Sewell was born in 1820.

ReadWriteThink | Calendar Activity | 3-12 | March 30
Anna Sewell's novel about a horse named Black Beauty, first published in 1877, tackled one of the contemporary issues of her time, the cruel treatment of horses, many of them abused by their owners. Her work made readers aware of the need for laws to protect animals from harsh and abusive treatment.

Elizabeth Blackwell became the first woman in the US to earn a MD degree in 1849.

ReadWriteThink | Calendar Activity | 3-12 | January 23
"Famous Firsts" are researched by students, followed by small group research and multimedia presentations to report research results.

Exploring Women's History Through Film

EDSITEment | Collection | 3-12
EDSITEment is the ideal place for students to explore the lives, struggles, and achievements of American women. From this collection of resources, connect to 24 lessons, plus podcasts and videos about everything from the history of motherhood to Shirley Chisholm's career in the corridors of political power, and understand women as both artists and subjects in Picturing America.

March is National Women's History Month.

ReadWriteThink | Calendar | 3-12
Explore the accomplishments of women in U.S. history with your class by creating a scrapbook that highlights the accomplishments of famous American women, using ReadWriteThink's Alphabet Organizer and Bio-Cube.

Anne Frank received her famous diary in 1942.

ReadWriteThink | Calendar Activity | 5-12 | June 12
Students learn about eyewitness reports through a lesson that is grade-level appropriate. Then, groups use primary source documents and research an event using eyewitness accounts.

Helen Keller was born in 1880.

ReadWriteThink | Calendar Activity | 5-12 | June 27
In the spirit of Helen Keller, students explore the American Sign Language Browser from Michigan State University and try using a few signs.

Susan B. Anthony voted on this date in 1872, leading to her arrest.

ReadWriteThink | Calendar Activity | 5-12 | November 5
After assigning special privileges to an arbitrarily designated group, students write about how they felt during the simulation and consider what they might be willing to do to change an unjust law.

He Said/She Said: Analyzing Gender Roles through Dialogue

ReadWriteThink | Lesson | 6-8
Students analyze dialogue tags used with male and female characters in a book they have read. They then evaluate the message the dialogue tags convey about gender roles.

Jean Craighead George: Unsentimental Naturalist

Science NetLinks | Lesson | 6-8
Students will explore the contributions made to science and society by the naturalist, Jean Craighead George, by listening to a podcast and using online biographies.

Using Picture Books to Explore Identity, Stereotyping, and Discrimination

ReadWriteThink | Lesson | 6-8
Students analyze the concepts of identity, stereotyping, and discrimination by reading picture books; identify how these concepts are dealt with in each book; and discuss concrete actions to stop discrimination.

Women Aviators in World War II: "Fly Girls"

EDSITEment | Lesson | 6-8
In this lesson, students will explore the contributions of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) during World War II. They will examine portrayals of women in World War II posters (and newsreels) and compare and contrast them with personal recollections of the WASPs.

Women's Lives Before the Civil War

EDSITEment | Lesson | 6-8
In this lesson, students will research the lives of women before the Civil War and lean how the differences between the North and South impacted the lives of women in the 1850s.

African American journalist Ida B. Wells was born in 1862.

ReadWriteThink | Lesson | 7-12 | July 16
Students brainstorm a list of human rights issues, research their group's issue in depth, examine the way journalists cover a story, and create articles for a classroom newspaper.

Analyzing Character Development in Three Short Stories About Women

ReadWriteThink | Lesson | 9-12
In this lesson, students will read three short stories about women, written in different historical periods, and discuss the development of female characters in a particular setting, the role of women, gender differences, and society's expectations.

Critical Literacy: Women in 19th-Century Literature

ReadWriteThink | Lesson | 9-12
Reading historical selections will give students the perspective they need to compare the author's purpose and voice of two separate writers.

Edith Wharton: War Correspondent

EDSITEment | Lesson | 9-12
In this lesson, students will learn how the field of war correspondence has evolved. Through reading chapters of Edith Wharton's book, Fighting France, From Dunkerque to Belfort, they will explore an American correspondent's experiences during World War I.

From Friedan Forward - Considering a Feminist Perspective

ReadWriteThink | Lesson | 9-12
Students write letters expressing personal views on issues like equal pay, equal education/employment opportunity, and gender roles -- and receive these letters six years later.

Jazz and blues singer Billie Holiday was born in 1915.

ReadWriteThink | Calendar Activity | 9-12 | April 7
Students listen to Holiday's song "Strange Fruit" and identify powerful and descriptive images for a mini-lesson on tone and about the lynchings in the South during this time.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Science NetLinks | Lesson | 9-12
In this lesson, students explore the issue of ethics in medical research and, in particular, the issue of informed consent, in the context of Henrietta Lacks and the HeLa cells.

Women in Medicine: Past and Future

Science NetLinks | Lesson | 9-12
In this investigation, students will compare the careers of two women, a century apart, involved in medical research.

Interactive Sites

A Dancer's Journal: Martha Graham

ARTSEDGE | Interactive | 5-12
This interactive site introduces students to the life and work of Martha Graham, known as "the mother of modern dance," and teaches about four Graham dances: Lamentation, Appalachian Spring, Errand into the Maze, and Diversion of Angels.

¡Azúcar! The Life and Music of Celia Cruz

Smithsonian's History Explorer | Activity | 5-12
Music! Dance! ...and Revolution?  This bilingual, interactive site examines the life of Celia Cruz, a famous Latina musician from the mid-twentieth century. Students explore her story, music, and fashion via an online exhibition and related lesson plans.

Inventors and Innovators

Science NetLinks | Activity | 6-8
Students will explore the scientific enterprise and the contributions of diverse people, especially women. Then they will use the Inventor of the Week Archive to create and develop a project on American inventions. Working in teams, students also may prepare a visual timeline of the accomplishments of women in science.

The Lincoln-Keckley Dress: Slavery, Women's History, and Race

Smithsonian's History Explorer | Interactive Site | 9-12
This interactive website introduces students to women's history from the 19th century through the lives of First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln, African American dressmaker Elizabeth Keckley, and a dress that connected them. Students can examine primary sources from the era and create their own virtual exhibit.


4000 Years of Women in Science

Science NetLinks | Tool | 6-12
This website, created by two women scientists, is an excellent resource for expanding students’ knowledge of the role of women in science. It  includes an introduction, 125 biographies, accompanying photographs with enlargeable images, and references from books, articles, and catalogs.

Beating the Odds: Remarkable Women in Science Booklet

Science NetLinks | Tool | 6-12
In this resource, students can read anecdotes about women from around the world who are currently working in a variety of science fields.

Women in Science: Forging New Pathways in Biology

Science NetLinks | Tool | 6-12
This e-booklet focuses on women in different areas of biology research: microbiology, immunology, virology, neuroscience, and molecular biology.

Women in Science: Forging New Pathways in Green Science

Science NetLinks | Tool | 6-12
This booklet forcuses on women in five areas of "green science": environmental responsibility, biotechnology, biodiversity, sustainability, and medicines.

Contributions of 20th Century Women to Physics

Science NetLinks | Tool | 9-12
This website contains descriptions of important contributions to science made by 83 women in the 20th century.


Females in the Spotlight: Strong Characters in Picture Books

ReadWriteThink | Collection | K-2
Suggested Books List

Celebrating Women Brave and Strong

ReadWriteThink | Podcast | K-5
Emily Manning chats with kids, parents, and teachers about the best in children's literature for ages 4 through 11. Discussions include reading tips and fun activities to do with children before, during, and after reading.

History Explorer: Mary Lou Williams: Jazz Master

Smithsonian's History Explorer | Podcast | 6-12
Ken Kimery, Director of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, discusses the life of jazz great Mary Lou Williams in this podcast. The resource set includes a teacher's guide and student worksheet.


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