Women’s History Month kicks off on March 1. Below, you will find a variety of resources for teachers and parents. The list includes a couple of fun videos and some impressive websites. After that, we share some of our favorite book titles. Be sure to read all the way to the end for information on how to get our no-prep lesson plan packets for educators.
We all know kids don’t need more screen time, but these videos are both eye-catching and informative!
Women’s History Month actually began as Women’s History week, which became official in 1980 under President Jimmy Carter. In 1987, Congress passed a law making March “Women’s History Month.” But why is this designation so important? This informational video helps kids understand.
I absolutely love this women’s history song! Jessica DeShong is a singer and actress who creates YouTube content for kids. This video uses a catchy tune to explain important keywords about this month.
Many websites offer information about women in history, but these three sites will allow you to cover a lot of history with just a few clicks.
This site was compiled by several government agencies working together. Resources include online exhibits and publicly-available document collections. There are also tons of images that can be used in both traditional and homeschool classrooms.
Discover Her Story, found on The Smithsonian Institution website, offers an incredible collection of stories. Scroll down and you’ll find tabs on topics such as Activism, Community, and Sports (to name just a few). Each link leads to a page with narratives and videos of amazing women in that particular arena. In addition, there are Conversation Kits that help students explore topics in greater depth.
If you need even more resources, check out this site. You can scroll down to see their list of Upcoming Events. To kick off Women’s History Month, author Anika Aldamuy Denise will read Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré with a Q & A to follow. Additional, free events are scheduled throughout the entire month.
It’s true that many kids’ books are about men. However, that is starting to change. In this post, Mia Wenjen reviews five picture books about women that all kids can enjoy.
And don’t forget that Women’s History Month benefits boys, too! On my site, Discovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes, I offer a list of Women in History books in Spanish. I love reading these books with my son. Plus, he will grow up knowing that the world is full of strong, powerful women.
Finally, there’s nothing like a bit of hands-on crafting to help kids remember educational lessons.
Leanna Guillen Mora of All Done Monkey shares this beautiful Two Wings of a Bird craft. It comes with a beautiful message about gender equality. She also includes some poignant conversation excerpts with her son as she helps him imagine a more equitable world.
Resources for the Classroom or Homeschool
As promised, if you prefer ready-made lesson plan packets, Multicultural Kid Blogs offers two of them! For just a few dollars, you can have prep-free lesson plans to share with the kids in your life. Each packet features 20 women who have made their mark throughout history.
In conclusion, women’s History Month is a great opportunity to share some amazing stories with kids. We don’t have to reinvent the wheel. The resources are out there. And, it’s nice to know we are doing our part to make the world a better place. How do you honor Women’s History Month with the children in your life?