March 1st begins a celebration of Women's History; it's Women's History Month! First established as a week of recognition by president Jimmy Carter in 1980, the month has since become a time to celebrate women's accomplishments. Students often fail to realize that women had quite the struggle to gain rights in our country, and in many ways, still do to this day. Encourage students to learn about history and these women who took a stand when no one else would.
Women's History Month Reads for Grades 3-5
by Wendy Conklin
Eleanor Roosevelt lived during an exciting time. Women had just gained the right to vote. As a first lady, she made her own agenda and gave her husband, Franklin D. Roosevelt, plenty of advice. She stood up for the weak and advocated for equal rights regardless of gender or skin color.
Jane Goodall: Animal Scientist and Friend
by Connie Jankowski
Jane Goodall is the world’s leading authority on chimpanzees. She moved to the African jungle to study them. Her visit to Kenya led to a meeting with famous paleontologist Louis Leakey. Although she wasn’t a trained scientist, Goodall began working with Leakey in 1960. She earned the trust of the apes and observed their social interactions. She studied them for more than 30 years. She learned that chimps use tools and are more intelligent than was previously thought.
Marie Curie: Pioneering Physicist
by Elizabeth R.C. Cregan
Marie Curie’s work in radioactivity changed the way scientists think about matter and energy and led to advancements in the treatment of disease. With her fellow scientist and husband, Pierre Curie, she searched for the source of radioactivity and discovered two elements, radium and polonium. They shared the 1903 Nobel Prize, the world’s highest science award, for their discovery.
Rachel Carson: Extraordinary Environmentalist
by Jill C. Wheeler (author) © 2013
ISBN: 9781614802686 AR: / Points 0.5
In this title, examine the life of courageous environmentalist and author of Silent Spring, Rachel Carson. Readers will enjoy digging into Carson’s personal story, beginning with her childhood writing stories and exploring the Allegheny River near her home in Pennsylvania. Students can trace Carson’s success, from her education at PCW and Woods Hole to her roles with the Bureau of Fisheries and the FWS, before her writing career took hold. Engaging text and photos offer insight on topics such as marine biology, pesticide use, and the birth of the EPA. While a timeline, glossary, and index supplement the text, an entertaining science activity allows readers their own hands-on experience based on the science that inspired this woman’s groundbreaking career. Checkerboard Library is an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.
Early America: Abigail Adams
by Jill K. Mulhall
Abigail lived during times which were much more difficult for women than today. Despite this fact, Abigail Adams traveled, believed in women’s rights, and experienced the American Revolution. A devoted wife, mother, and American patriot, Abigail influenced history by helping her husband, John, make important decisions.
Women's History Month Reads for Grades 6-8
by William B. Rice
A book on the incredible life and work of Jane Goodall. Reads at a level of 3.9 with a word count of 1298.
Fight for Women's Suffrage
by Marcia Amidon Lusted (author) © 2012
ISBN: 9781617878442 AR: / Points 3.0
This title examines an important historic event – the women’s suffrage movement. Easy-to-read, compelling text explores the history of women’s rights and the League of Women Voters, the roles the antislavery movement, the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments, and literature played in the movement, well-known figures such as Mary Wollstonecraft, Lucy Stone, Susan B. Anthony, and Alice Paul, and the effects of this event on society. Features include a table of contents, a timeline, facts, additional resources, Web sites, a glossary, a bibliography, and an index. Essential Events is a series in Essential Library, an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.
Women's History in the Classroom
It was once said about Eleanor Roosevelt's determination and leadership that "It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness." Discuss this quote with your students, and engage them in reading about famous women in our history who stood up for what they believed in and forged new paths with their candles. How will your students celebrate Women's History Month?
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