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Young Children

Reading With Your Daughter

The women we cite in our book are important and influential and are “the women upon whose shoulders we stand.” We are proud of the many American women who in the history of our country had significant accomplishments across a very wide range of endeavors. The women are role models for our daughters. We envision women and their daughters reading together from Her Story:  A Timeline of the Women Who Changed America.

We encourage you to “dare your daughter to dream” as you read about the successes of women and girls who were pre-teens, teenagers, or in their early twenties at the time of the achievement for which they are featured.

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3rd – 5th Grade Curriculum

This suggestion on how to use our materials was sent to us by a teacher. Let us know if you come up with additional ways of offering any of these modules.

Curriculum idea: Each child will choose a flash card randomly from a box, research the person listed, prepare a short oral presentation, and then students will play a game of concentration to match a picture to a description of the historical figure.

Destination: Venus

Photo: Apollo Lift OffWomen have reached for the stars with noteworthy contributions as astronomers, pilots and astronauts.  All of the enclosed materials have been designed to meet or exceed the requirements of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills standards for grades 3-5 in the fields of social science, history, and science.  As humankind has explored our solar system, women’s accomplishments have helped to change and advance our knowledge of space.  Because all of the features of the planet Venus are named for women, this curriculum module and slides, developed for primary school students, is titled:  Destination:  Venus.  The women featured in the curriculum are:  Maria Mitchell, Bessie Coleman, Amelia Earhart, Jessie Cobb, Sally Ride, Mae Jemison, Ellen Ochoa, and Eileen Collins.  The flash card set card set that accompanies the curriculum includes these eight women plus:  Annie Jump Cannon, Williamina Stevens Fleming, Harriet Quimby, Henrietta Swan Leavitt, Ruth Elder, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Ruth Nichols, Jackie Cochran, Vera Rubin, Shannon Lucid, Sheila Widnall, and Ayanna Howard.

Click here to download the Destination: Venus Curriculum Guide, Flash Cards, Curriculum Slides

Destination: Earth

Earth from Space On The Space ShuttleThis curriculum module and slides, suitable for primary school-age children is titled:  Destination: Earth.  All of the enclosed materials have been designed to meet or exceed the requirements of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills standards for grades 3-5 in the fields of social science, history, and science.  We study some of the women who have been deeply involved in advocating for clean water, clean air and protection of wetlands.  Women have protected plant species and studied animals and their habitats.  Learn about nine women who have made a difference in America.  The women featured in the curriculum are:  Ellen Swallow Richards, Florence Bascom, Catherine Furbish, Ruth Patrick, Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Rachel Carson, Maria Goeppert-Mayer, Dian Fossey, and Sylvia Alice Earle.  The flash card set that accompanies the curriculum includes these nine women plus:  Mary Engle Pennington, Nettie Stevens, Gladys Dick, Florence Sabin, Hattie Alexander, Helen Taussig, Gerty Cori, Stephanie Kwolek, Rosalyn Yalow, Barbara McClintock, and Gertrude Elion.

Click here to download the Destination: Earth Curriculum Guide, Flash Cards, Curriculum Slides

Venus Flash Cards

Planet VenusAll of the features on the planet Venus are named for women. These two flash card sets include women who have features named for them on Venus and who are also profiled in our book Her Story: A Timeline of the Women Who Changed America. The Venus features are craters, patera and corona.

Click here to download the Venus Flash Card set one and set two

Reach for the Stars

Stars In Space: Photo Courtesy NASAWomen have reached for the stars literally with noteworthy contributions as astronomers, pilots and astronauts, and figuratively, by making contributions throughout U.S. history at a very young age.  All of the enclosed materials have been designed to meet or exceed the requirements of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills standards for grades 3-5 in the fields of social science, history, and science.  The women featured in the curriculum are:  Eliza Lucas Pinckney, Sybil Ludington, Maria Mitchell, Bessie Coleman, Amelia Earhart, Judy Garland, Becky Schroeder, and Ellen Ochoa.  The flash card set card set that accompanies the curriculum includes these eight women plus:  Annie Oakley, Catherine Evans Whitener, Annie Jump Cannon, Henrietta Swan Leavitt, Tina Turner, Nancy Lotsey, Vera Rubin, Maya Lin, Sally Ride, Mae Jemison, Serena Williams, and Eileen Collins.

Click here to download the Reach for the Stars Curriculum Guide, Flash Cards, Curriculum Slides

Do, Re, Mi

MarimbaWomen have made noteworthy contributions to the field of music as composers, conductors, singers, and musicians. All of the enclosed materials have been designed to meet or exceed the requirements of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills standards for grades 3-5 in the areas of English language arts and reading, social studies, and music. The women featured in the curriculum are: Amy Marcy Cheney Beach, Sophie Tucker, Ella Fitzgerald, Marian Anderson, Celia Cruz, Doriot Anthony Dwyer, Chita Rivera, Joan Baez, Carole King, and Sarah Caldwell. The flash card setcard set that accompanies the curriculum includes these ten women plus: Maybelle Carter, Camilla Urso, Gloria Estefan, Aretha Franklin, Billie Holiday, Mahalia Jackson, Sissieretta Jones, Ma Rainey, Buffy Sainte-Marie, and Beverly Sills.

 

Click here to download the Do, Re, Mi Curriculum Guide, Flash Cards, Curriculum Slides

Computers are Amazing!

Women have made noteworthy contributions to mathematics and computer science.  All of the enclosed materials have been designed to meet or exceed the requirements of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills standards for grades 3-5 in the fields of mathematics, social studies, and science.  Women pioneers in mathematics and computer have helped make possible the transformative and central role that computers and computing have in our society today.   The women featured in the curriculum are:  Christine Ladd-Franklin, Amalie Emmy Noether, Admiral Grace Murray Hopper, Euphemia Lofton Haynes, Vinita Gupta, Anita Borg, Ann Livermore, and Carol Kovac.

Click here to download the Computers are Amazing! Curriculum Guide,Curriculum Slides


High School Curriculum

Women Taking the Lead to Save Our Planet

Women have played significant roles and made many noteworthy contributions and accomplishments in the effort to save our planet. The curriculum and slides are written for high school level students but could be modified for use with younger students. Use this information to provide a program highlighting their successes. The women featured in the curriculum are: Jane Colden, Maria Martin Bachman, Ellen Swallow Richards, Harriet Strong, Florence Bascom. Catherine Furbish, Mary Engle Pennington, Ruth Patrick, Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Jane Jacobs, Rachel Carson, Lady Bird Johnson, Mary Sinclair, Dian Fossey, Flossie Wong-Staal, Mae Jemison, Katherine Siva Saubel, and Sylvia Earle.

Click here to download the Women Taking the Lead to Save Our Planet Curriculum Guide, Curriculum Slides


General Curriculum

Writing Women Back Into History

The founding of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). The first effective drug for the treatment of childhood leukemia. The establishment of the first socially and environmentally screened index fund. The widespread adoption of a newborn hearing test. Advocacy for the elimination of antipersonnel land mines. What do each of these items have in common? A woman invented, founded or championed each of them. More importantly, each of these accomplishments happened in the last thirty years. This is the same time span that the National Women’s History Project has had as its mission to help make everyone aware of the accomplished women who have done so much before us! To celebrate 30 years of writing women back into history, the authors of Her Story: A Timeline of the Women Who Changed America, have developed a slide presentation suitable for use in a variety of settings. Use this slide show to address issues of diversity and inclusion! Use it to kick off discussion and dialogue! Use it as a library program! Use it in schools, in business settings, for a Girl Scout event. But definitely USE IT! The authors also have as one of their goals to write women back into history. Thirty Women for Thirty Years! What a Celebration! Share the information about the accomplishments of thirty amazing women who are among hundreds profiled in the book, all of whose contributions to American society have helped us to have the quality of life and standard of living that we enjoy today.

Click here to download the Writing Women Back Into History Education Resource

Curricula Notes

To develop these teaching materials, the authors of Her Story: A Timeline of the Women Who Changed America have chosen to follow one theme from our book. For classroom and curriculum use, there are many other ways to use the information in the book by concentrating on different thematic issues. For example, one can follow the important women in politics and public service. Another thread is to follow the women who played a significant role in major social movements. You will come to know the book as a whole; it contains brief profiles of over 850 key and influential women in the history of the United States, in a timeline format that also clarifies important moments in our country’s history. The overwhelming majority of the women who are identified are excellent role models for both girls and boys.

The following curricula are available for your download and use, free of charge. We do, however, request that you provide feedback so we can continue to improve these offerings. If you have an idea for a Curriculum Module, please let us know.