As March comes marching in, so does Women’s History Month and, on March 8, International Women’s History Month, a time to celebrate women, their struggles and accomplishments now and in the past! Educators at home and in schools can help students learn about the holidays as well as the history and stories of some remarkable women with free, multimedia resources for grades Pre-K-12 in KET’s PBS LearningMedia. Here are just a few resources to engage your students:
Change the World | Sesame Street
Suggested grades PreK-1
An upbeat song to remind girls that they can become whatever they want in their lives, even “change the world”!
Women’s History Month | All About the Holidays
Suggested grades K-5
This short video explains the origins of Women’s History Month and how many people celebrate it.
Zora Neale Hurston | Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum
Suggested grades 1-2
Learn about Zora Neale Hurston with this video clip, printable biosketch reader, and support materials.
Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum is a PBS KIDS show based on the popular book series, Ordinary People Change the World, by Brad Meltzer and Christopher Eliopoulos. The show follows the adventures of Xavier Riddle, his sister Yadina, and their friend Brad as they travel back in time to meet real life historical figures when they were kids.
Mayim Bialik | The Secret Life of Scientists & Engineers
Suggested grades 6-12
This video, from the excellent series about contemporary scientists and engineers, features actor Mayim Bialik from Big Bang Theory and Blossom fame, talking about her other career as a neuroscientist, including how she was encouraged to ignore gender stereotypes about women and pursue her newfound love for science. Also contains educator support materials
We the People: What does Kamala Harris’ election mean to women of color? | PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs
Suggested grades 6-12
In this video, Yamiche Alcindor, White House Correspondent for the PBS NewsHour, talked with three young women of color and former Gwen Ifill Fellows about the historic nature of America’s first female vice president. The NewsHour’s Gwen Ifill Fellowship was created to honor the legacy of Gwen Ifill, a trailblazing journalist who co-anchored the NewsHour before her death in 2016.
Use the video and discussion questions to learn what representation in government and the media means. Includes class discussion questions
Margaret Chung | Unladylike 2020
Suggested grades 7-12
Learn about the first America-born Chinese female doctor. Includes support materials for educators and students, which include discussion questions, vocabulary, a “Real Heroes” comic book analysis, and research extension tips.