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Women’s History Month, Grades K-5

Lessons, Activities, Background Reading, and More

Found In: language artssocial studies, PreK-2, 3-5

The March 2014 Theme for Women’s History Month is Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment. Examine the changing cultural perceptions of women in society and honor their contributions to all aspects of life in the following interdisciplinary lessons and activities for all grade levels.

Lessons & Activities

Lesson Plans

Jane Goodall Lesson Plan for Women’s History Month
Students in kindergarten listen to a biography of Jane Goodall and participate in an animal observation activity.

Jazz Appreciation Month: Celebrate Women Jazz Artists -Lesson Plan
Students in grades K-12 learn about women’s contributions to jazz.

American Girl, Too
Students in grades 3-5 work in pairs to create their own American Girl dolls, focusing on historical eras or points-of-view not addressed by the current American Girl line.

Ambitious Women Artists at Work
Students in grades 3-5 learn about two ambitious and courageous women artists in European history and examine works by both.

Suffrage Strategies: Voices for Votes
Students in grades 3-8 identify different methods people used to change attitudes about suffrage for women and create original documents encouraging citizens to vote in current elections.

Sets of Additional Lessons

Women's History Lesson Plan for Teachers
Biographies and lessons examining the contributions of women in settling the West, wartime, politics, government, arts, literature, music, sports, sciences, mathematics, and technology.

Women’s History Month - Science NetLinks
K-12 lessons, tools, collections, and other resources that honor the achievements and scientific work of women.

Teaching with Historic Places: Women's History Lesson Plans
Lessons for K-12 students use historic places — such as Clara Barton’s House, a Virginia Plantation and a female aviator’s home in Brooklyn — to explore aspects of women’s history.

Lesson Plans: Women's History
Lessons for students in grades 3-12 exploring the struggle for women’s suffrage.


Women’s History Month
Crosswords, quizzes, and other fun for kids.

American Women: A Children's Activity Guide ( PDF, 3.65 MB, 2 pgs.)
Activities from the National Portrait Gallery.

Background Resources

Women’s History Month Library of Congress
Resources from The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution, and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Women's History Teaching Resources
Women scientists, inventors, aviators, African American women artists, Native American women, and more.

Pages from Her Story - For Teachers (Library of Congress)
Excerpts from women’s diaries, journals, memoirs, reminiscences, letters, speeches, and interviews spanning 1675-1957.

For Teachers - Women's History Month
Primary sources, lesson plans, student activities, collection guides, and research aids.

National Women's History Project: Resource Center
Information, resources, and educational materials about multicultural women’s history.

Notable Speeches and Addresses by U.S. Women, 1849—present
Full text speeches and links to brief biographies.

Women in World History
Primary sources and classroom modules.

Biographies of Women Mathematicians
Biographies of women in mathematics and other resources

Women in Science
Full and partial text access to written works of several female scientists accompanied by biographies.

Changing the Face of Medicine
Examine women’s contributions to medicine.

National Women's History Month
Women’s contributions to national defense.

6 Women Scientists Who Were Snubbed Due to Sexism

Museum Websites

Quizzes & Printables





last updated: February 26, 2014


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