Women’s History Month, Grades K-5
Lessons, Activities, Background Reading, and More
The National Women's History Month theme for 2016 is "Working to Form a More Perfect Union: Honoring Women in Public Service and Government". Examine the changing cultural perceptions of women in society and honor their contributions to all aspects of life in the following lessons and activities.
Lessons & Activities
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.
Oral History and Social History
This oral history lesson for grades 5-12 includes a section of primary sources on working women in the 1930s.
Beyond Rosie the Riveter: Women's Contributions During World War II
Students in grades 5-12 investigate how American women contributed to the war effort during World War II.
Women’s History Month Word Cloudswomen’s History Month Word Clouds (PDF , 205 KB, 2 pgs) Students (K-12) create "word clouds" using excerpts of letters and speeches by famous women.
Women and Congress Students (K-12) explore the benefits of increasing women’s congressional representation.
March is National Women's History Month Students (grades 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.
In the Shadows, Agents of Change (PDF , 131 KB, 3 pgs) Students (grades 6-8, adaptable for 4-5) explore the role played by gender during an era of expanding political rights and personal liberties.
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.
Oral History Tools
Features a set of questions for eliciting women's stories for use in your family, classroom, or community program.
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.
Quizzes & Printables
- Quizzes and Crosswords
- Test Your Women’s History I.Q.
- Women's History Quizzes
- National Women's History Month Quiz
- March - Women's History Month – Quiz Pass and play the next level.
- Women in History - Multiple quizzes
- Monthly Themes: Women in History - Activities, quizzes, script your own film
- Inside Scoop: Georgia O'Keeffe ( PDF, 124 KB, 4 pgs.)
- Inside Scoop: Mary Cassatt ( PDF, 282 KB, 4 pgs.)
- Inside Scoop: Elisabeth Vigée-LeBrun ( PDF, 147 KB, 4 pgs.)
- Audio/Video - Women's History Month (Library of Congress)
A selection of digital material available from the Library of the Congress and other partner agencies
- Explore Women’s History Month on Biography.com
Timeline, video clips, quotes, trivia quiz
- Women’s History Month
22 videos and 6 photo galleries
last updated: February 8, 2016