4 Ways to teach about famous women in history with Nearpod

March 4, 2022Quinae Jackson and Marcela Labrador

Some of the most important moments in history can be attributed to famous women in history in ways we don’t often consider. Keep reading to learn about some exciting women’s history month activities. From the first successful space flight to the first flight over both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans- women make history, and, in March, we honor women in history. It is important to teach about women’s history in the classroom year-round to ensure everyone has a full understanding of the ways in which our world is better when we all have an opportunity to allow our gifts to shine.

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This is a time dedicated to acknowledging and celebrating the vital contributions of women in United States history and society. This blog post will walk through how to use free resources from Nearpod to teach students about women’s history in any classroom setting, for any subject, any time of the school year.

Collaborative Nearpod activities help teachers encourage civic and civil conversations and cover a range of topics that openly discuss women in Science, Social Studies, Math, the Arts and Literature. When discussing the U.S. Government, be sure to include Susan B. Anthony and Sojourner Truth and their fight for the right to vote. When DNA comes up in Science class, reference Rosalind Franklin who was the first person to successfully capture an X-ray of DNA. Liven up Math discussions by emphasizing Marjorie Lee Browne’s mission to inspire girls to pursue careers in STEM by boosting their confidence in their ability to do mathematics. However you teach, there is a Nearpod lesson to support your exploration of women in History.

Let us help you incorporate famous women in history into your curriculum year-round:

1. Perspective Matters

When you approach a historical occurrence in your classroom, support students in recognizing that history is often written by “he” who holds the pen. There is always more than one side to any story. In fact, “she” was there as well! Women have always been pivotal in our society, it’s important we understand the role they played, examine the struggles they endured and celebrate the accomplishments they made. Tie in historical narratives and artifacts that exhibit the women who were present as well.

“To all the little girls who are watching this, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful, and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams.”

Hillary Clinton

Check out these free Nearpod lessons that incorporate multiple perspectives.

2. Girls Can Do Anything

It is important that you create a classroom culture that encourages girls to explore various types of careers, including those that are not traditionally associated with women. Women’s history month is not just about commemorating the past, but also about creating a future in which girls have the opportunity to be whatever they’d like to be and have examples to help them along the way. Famous women in history have been trailblazing for ages- from Lozen, a gifted warrior who was a shield to the Apache people, to Dr.Chien-Shiung Wu who is known as the “First Lady of Physics.”

Use these free lessons from Nearpod to help boost confidence and expose students to the endless possibilities that exist.

“The next time a woman of whatever color, or a dark-skinned person of whatever sex aspires to be president, the way should be a little smoother because I helped pave it.”

Shirley Chisholm

3. Get Inspired by famous women in history

As emerging global citizens, it is important to create opportunities for students to grow empathy and understanding with content that reflects their identities & cultures and introduces them to new perspectives. Flocabulary offers relevant, engaging standards-aligned hip-hop videos and instructional activities that connect academic content to the five pillars of literacy. One of my favorite ways to incorporate Flocabulary is to include a Flocab video as an interactive activity in my Nearpod lesson. Students can also use the Lyric Lab feature to demonstrate mastery in creative ways. Hip-Hop is the voice of the youth.Use Flocabulary to help students combine something they love with an opportunity to learn and grow. Flocabulary includes a ton of videos that highlight the contributions of Women in History. Check out these Flocabulary videos on amazing women in history and marginalized groups.

“Educate a woman and you educate a family.”

Jovita Idár

4. Prioritize representation of gender and SEL in your classroom with Nearpod tools

Use Nearpod’s interactive features to help students share how they feel about the women in history they are learning about. Here are some ideas you can use:

  • Use a poll activity to ask a multiple choice questions without a right answer to check for understanding, take a class vote or highlight student opinions.
  • Use an Interactive Video and allow the predetermined checks for understanding to be used as discussion prompts for classroom conversations. 
  • After exploring one of the free Nearpod lessons on women in history, use a Time to Climb, which is a gamified activity that will level up the competition and engagement in the classroom while assessing students’ understanding.
  • You can also take an existing Nearpod lesson or activity and modify it to meet your classroom needs. 
  • Empower student voice and choice in the classroom by using a Collaborate Board! 
  • Remember, Nearpod is not only an opportunity to leverage engagement and interaction, but also an opportunity to prioritize students’ social and emotional learning needs when discussing women in history.

“Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women.”

Maya Angelou

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