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Episode 12 — Celebrating Women Brave and Strong

 

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Chatting About Books: Recommendations for Young Readers

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Grades K – 5
Podcast Series Chatting About Books: Recommendations for Young Readers
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Duration 13:03
Original Air Date Published February 24, 2009
 

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Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Females in the Spotlight: Strong Characters in Picture Books

What makes a character strong? Students will gain a new perspective on that question as they read and discuss the picture books recommended for this lesson. Students make the acquaintance of several strong female protagonists as they create and share Character Trading Cards based on these titles.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Heroes Around Us

Students select, read about, and report on a hero and then identify how their hero matches certain criteria and characteristics. Hero reports are then compiled into a class book.

 

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Calendar Activities

Grades   3 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 6

The first woman swam the English Channel in 1926.

Students brainstorm a list of famous athletic competitors and establish criteria for what makes an athlete "famous." Students then forecast which of today's athletes will still be remembered in 75 to 100 years.

 

Grades   5 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 26

The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution gave women the right to vote in 1920.

A representative from the local chapter of the League of Women Voters is invited to talk to students about voting rights and what they can do to be active in politics.

 

Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 11

Amelia Earhart completed her solo flight from Honolulu to Oakland in 1935.

Students explore the definition of a hero and use the interactive Venn diagram to identify the most common characteristics of a hero.

 

Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 23

Elizabeth Blackwell became the first woman in the US to earn a MD degree in 1849.

"Famous Firsts" are researched by students, followed by small group research and multimedia presentations to report research results.

 

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Activities & Projects

Grades   6 – 8  |  Activity & Project

Celebrate Heroes

Encourage children to spend a little time thinking and writing about just what makes a hero and who their personal heroes might be.

 

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Games & Tools

Grades   3 – 12  |  Game & Tool

Bio Cube

The Bio Cube asks children to summarize information about a person for a biography or autobiography. The activity helps them learn how to identify and shorten key ideas.

 

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