I am hoping you will find my teaching resources of value to use in your classrooms. I taught for 33 1/2 years. I was awarded both the NY State Elementary Social Studies Teacher and the National Council for Social Studies Elementary Social Studies Teacher of the Year(1988). I am the author of over 30 books for children and teachers.
Thanks to Education World for use of my Mrs. Waffenschmidt illustration.
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"Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent."
In 1978, a school district in California, organized a “Women’s History Week”. By 1981, Congress passed a resolution establishing a National Women’s History Week and in 1987, Congress created a month, March, to honor the contributions of women and to promote the teaching of women’s history.
The following information may be helpful for Women’s History Month. The 2016 theme for Women’s History Month is “Working to Form a More Perfect Union: Honoring Women in Public Service and Government”
At one time, women weren’t able to do many things because of their gender. Here are some women trailblazers. Being the first, made it easier for other women to follow in their footsteps. Every year, new firsts continue to be made by women. Here is just a sampling of firsts made by women.
First woman marine
First woman to receive a medical degree
Amelia Jenks Bloomer
Publisher/editor of first prominent women's rights newspaper
First woman to run underground railroad to help slaves escape
First woman to graduate from dental school
Arabella Mansfield Babb
First woman admitted to the bar to practice law
Frances Elizabeth Willard
First woman to become a college president (Evanston College)
Victoria Chaflin Woodhull
First woman to be presidential candidate
First woman to receive a Ph.D. degree (Boston University)
Belva Ann Lockwood
First woman to practice law before U.S. Supreme Court
Founder of the American Red Cross
Suzanna Madora Salter
First woman mayor (Argonia, Kansas)
First women to win a Nobel Prize AND first person awarded TWO Nobel Prizes(as of 2016)
1903 AND 1911
Mary McLeod Bethune
First woman to establish secondary school that became 4-year accredited college
First woman to fly an airplane
First woman U.S. House Representative (Montana)
First African American Female pilot in USA and first AMERICAN to receive an international pilot’s license.
First woman governor of U. S. state (Texas)
First woman to be a passenger on an airplane across the Atlantic Ocean (1928)
and first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean.
First American woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize
Hattie Wyatt Caraway
First woman elected to U.S. Senate
First woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean
Valentina Vladimirovna Tereshkova
First woman to fly in space, aboard Vostok 6.
First woman to be named major general in U.S. Army
Sandra Day O'Connor
First woman a justice of the U. S. Supreme Court
Sally Kristen Ride
First American woman to reach outer space.
First woman to walk to North Pole
First woman citizen passenger on a space mission
Lt. Col. Eileen Collins
First American woman to pilot a Space Shuttle
Madeleine K. Albright
First woman Secretary of State and highest ranking woman in the U.S. government
First African-American woman to be appointed Secretary of State
First woman to become Speaker of the House
First woman to be in a presidential primary and caucus in every state
First African American First Lady
First woman to win the Best Director Award
Mary Barra became the first female CEO of General Motors
Women were allowed to compete in ski jumping events at the Winter Olympics for the first time!
Katie Higgins became the first female pilot of the Blue Angels(US Navy Flight demonstration squad)
First female United Sates Postmaster General
1. Are there any areas in which women still have yet to make a contribution?
2. What are 3 character traits of women who have been trailblazers? What would you list as 3 of your best character traits?
3. The last woman to be on a U.S.paper currency was Martha Washington! There is an effort to change that in the United Sates. Thirteen other countries already have a woman on their paper currency. http://www.womenon20s.org Which woman would you like to see on a $20 bill and why?
4. There is a Hispanic Heritage Month, a Native American Month, a Black History Month and a Women’s History Month. Why do you think such months were established? Do you think there is a need for such months to highlight different groups? Why, why not?
5. If you could interview a woman trailblazer(past or present), who would it be and why? What might be 2 questions you would ask of that person?
10. The last woman to be on a U.S.paper currency was Martha Washington! There is an effort to change that in the United Sates. Thirteen other countries already have a woman on their paper currency. http://www.womenon20s.orgWhich woman would you like to see on a $20 bill?
Valentine's Day is February 14th. The symbol of the holiday is a heart.
What do you know about the human heart and the Valentine’s Day
holiday? Grab a red pencil and use this web quest to find out some very
interesting facts about the human heart and the holiday of Valentine’s
Day! Then, try the RED Game! 1. In a lifetime, about how many beats can a person’s heart beat?
_________________ What was Dr. Christopher Barnard, the first to
successfully do, in 1967?____________________ The ancient Egyptians
believed the heart was the center of what two things?
_________________and ______________What is the only part of the
body that does not get blood?______________________ Find the
answers at this link:http://www.coolkidfacts.com/facts-about-the-heart-for-kids/
2. There are FOUR parts of the heart. There are two____________and
two _______________ compartments. Which have the oxygen filled red
blood?___________________ Which has the purplish-blue blood (lacking
4. The heart is not actually located on the left side of the body. Where is it
actually found and between which two organs?
____________________________________ During the average lifetime,
about how many barrels of blood will be pumped?____________________
Find the answers at this link:http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/heart/heartfacts.html All things RED!
Test you “red” knowledge:
1. Name a jewel that is the color red:__________________________
2. Who is the famous cartoon dog of this color?___________________________ 3. A story about a girl and a wolf: _____________________________
4. Name a traffic sign which is red: ___________________________
5. Name a red bird: _______________________________________
6. Name a red insect: _____________________________________
7. Name two red fruits: ______________________________________
8. Name three red vegetables:_________________________________________
9. Which large planet has several big red spots?__________________________
1. The capillaries are so tiny, it would take 10 human hairs to show their thickness.
Think garden hose which is the width of the aorta, the largest artery in your body.
2. The average person has blood travel through their body in one day that would reach
12,000 miles if measured in a straight line.
3. Did you know when you sneeze, your heart stops?
Each day, your heart beats about 100,000 times.
4. Your body has about six quarts of blood which circulate through the body THREE times in
5. The heart is a MUSCLE.
1. Before doing the activity, ask the students to share any prior knowledge they might have about
the heart and the history of Valentine's Day.
2. Have students do the web quest and "All Things Red" in small groups. Then, as a class discuss the
3. Discuss Fact and Opinion and have the small groups of students make up a 7 Fact/Opinion review
on information learned in the activity to exchange with another group to complete. Extension Activities:
1. Write a paragraph pretending you are the HEART and tell a day in your life. Include 3 facts
learned about the heart in your story.
2. Make a Valentine’s Day card to give to someone in a nursing home or elderly person in your
3. http://www.thinkingfountain.org//c/crosssection/namethatbar.html Try the name that
4. Charle Brown wants a Valentine on Valentine’s Day, in the television special, "Be My Valentine,
Charlie Brown." How do you think he felt as Valentine’s Day approaches. How would you
feel? Write a paragraph pretending to be Charlie Brown and share your thoughts.
5. Illustrate a Fun Fact.
Dogs, cats and birds have often found a home in the White House. There have also been some unique pets such as John Quincy Adams’ pet alligator,Martin Van Buren two tiger cubs and James Buchanan’s elephant. President Coolidge had a wallaby and a pygmy hippo and Theodore Roosevelt had a lion, hyena, five bears, a piebald rat, and a zebra. Only Presidents Arthur, Fillmore and Piece had no pets.
President Washington was an avid spelunker,enjoying exploring caves.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt was the only president to be elected four times.The constitution was later changed to allow only two four-year terms.
President Theodore Roosevelt named the Executive Mansion or President’s House, the White House.
Only President George Washington did not live in the White House. It was opened in 1800.
The Star-Spangled Banner became the National anthem under President Herbert Hoover.
President William Henry Harrison only served one month after taking the oath of office, dying from pneumonia.
President Van Buren is said to have started the expression OK, signing paper with his “Old Kinderhook” nickname.
Left handed President James Garfield could write with both hands at the same time and in different languages such as Greek and Latin.
President John K. Kennedy was the first president who had been a boy scout in his youth.
President George W. Bush was appointed President in 2000 by Supreme Court after the election results gave him more electoral votes but his opponent, Al Gore won the popular vote. John Quincy Adams, Rutherford B. hayes and Benjamin Harrison also won the presidency without the majority of the voters.
The teddy bear was named after President Theodore Roosevelt.
President Richard Nixon was the first president to resign his presidency over a scandal called Watergate.
President Taft became chief justice of the Supreme Court after leaving the White House, saying he preferred this job to that of being President of the United States
Gerald Ford was the only president of the United States to not be elected by the people. He was appointed vice president by President Nixon and later assumed the office of president when President Nixon resigned.
President John Quincy Adams liked to swims naked in the Potomac River ...in the early morning.
Did You know that President John Quincy Adams had an alligator? Martin Van Buren had two tiger cubs and President McKinley's pet parrot could whistle, "Yankee Doodle". Did you know that President Franklin D. Roosevelt served HOT DOGS to the King of England? Did you know that President Garfield could write with both his right and left hand at the SAME time? Presidential Webquest/Extension Activities: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/290482244688537382/