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Teaching Women's History Month with SEL

Posted by PATHS Program LLC on Mar 2, 2022 11:16:00 AM

March is Women's History Month

Check out these PATHS® program resources to help support social-emotional learning and build your students' knowledge about Women's History in your classroom. These resources can be found in the implementation binder or with the member portal when noted. 

  • Lesson 33 (Proud) teaches students to identify examples of the things they are proud of, which could include female accomplishments.  
  • The Parent/Caregiver Handout for Lesson 33 includes an activity for discussing things to be proud of and can be found with the online materials.

Grade 1

  • In Lesson 14 (Introduction to Feelings), discuss the ways we are all different but also similar. 
  • The Parent/Caregiver Handout for Lesson 47 includes an activity for discussing things parents are proud of and can be found with the online support materials.

Grade 2 

  • The biography of Kanesha Johnson from Lesson 29 (Different Points of View) shows how one girl worked to overcome prejudice in California.
  • The biography of Rosa Parks from Lesson 31 (Proud/Ashamed) shows how one woman sat down to help end discrimination.
  • The biography of Alexandra Scott from Lesson 36 (Practicing Generosity) shows how one girl tried to help others even while suffering herself. 

Grade 3

  • In Lesson 16, students pick four feelings to write a story. Encourage students to research and write a story based on notable female figures, such as Susan B. Anthony, Amelia Earhart, Katherine Johnson, Maya Angelou, Soujourner Truth, or Simone Biles, and how those strong women make them feel.
  • The biography of Wilma Rudolph from Lesson 26 (We Are All Unique) shows how she overcame difficulties to become an Olympic medalist.
  • The biography of Malala Yousafzai from Lesson 39 (Creating Change) shows how she overcame difficulties to help girls get an education.  

Grade 4

  • The biography of Harriet Tubman from Lesson 22 (Goals) shows how she set and accomplished goals.
  • The biography of Maya Lin from Lesson 39 (Being Responsible) details how her art honors important people and events. 
  • Take part in a novel study about identity and fitting in using the texts Drita, My Homegirl, The Hundred Dresses, or In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson. You can find these resources in the back of your binder. 

Grade 5

  • In Lesson 2, students write a part of their autobiography. Encourage students to write about gender identity and its impact.
  • The biography of Sarah Herr from Lesson 12 (Feelings) tells about one girl who helped ensure all students are included in school activities. 
  • The biography of Dr. Wangari Maathai from Lesson 31 (Feelings & Behaviors) shows how the Nobel Prize winner works to lift women in Africa from poverty.
  • Take part in a novel study using the texts Number the Stars, about a girl living in Denmark during World War II. You can find these resources in the back of your binder.
    For additional ideas, check out these resources from the National Education Association or these resources from the Library of Congress
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Topics: Social and emotional learning, PATHS® Program