How do you use Women’s History Month posters year-round, aside from the month-long celebration in March? Many ideas can come from a biographical poster, believe it or not! Read below for ideas that work in March AND the rest of the year.
Why Women’s History Month Posters?
Women’s History Month is celebrated yearly in March. This is a time to acknowledge and celebrate women’s contributions to society.
Celebrating Women’s History Month in the classroom is vital for multiple reasons. The benefits of acknowledging are many, such as it allows you to inspire young students, foster an appreciation for diversity, and build an inclusive environment, to name a few.
That’s why I created my Women’s History Month posters that include 45 well-known, lesser-known, and modern women! I was sick and tired of teaching about the same five historical figures yearly.🙅🏽♀️
It was time to expand my teaching! So, to help you, I’ve included representation from various countries such as Pakistan, the USA, Germany, and Trinidad and Tobago, among others. I even included representation from multiple fields of study, including activism, business, government, sports, science, music, and the arts.
Specifically, each poster includes:
- kid-friendly biography snippet
- birth (+ death) dates
- a REAL image
- a flag of their birth country
- version #2: just a portrait image
So, how can you use them?!👇🏽
#1 – Bulletin Board Display
Thousands of teachers have used these Women’s History Month posters in the classroom, and by far, the most popular way is by hanging them on a bulletin board. In fact, this is my personal tried and true method of using them, too!
If you have a school-wide bulletin board designated explicitly for Women’s History Month, these posters make an excellent display. Students love stopping by in the hallways to read about each woman.
Or, you can do a small-scale bulletin board in your classroom featuring 3-5 women at a time. With upper grades, I’d do about 3-5 women at a time and hang on a bulletin board after each introduction.
#2 – ‘Person of the Day’ Spotlight
Alternatively, you can do a ‘Person of the Day’ spotlight, switching each poster out daily. I’d have a new poster each morning for students to see as they entered the classroom.
I’d make a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ chart on the whiteboard for students to vote for if they knew who she was. It was a great way to build background knowledge and get students excited for the formal introduction and lesson ahead.
Don’t think too hard about it; make it as simple as a quick whiteboard vote! Please don’t do more work for yourself; I’m all about working smarter, not harder. 😉
You could even incorporate student choice and have a designated student choose from the 45 women they’d like to learn about that day!
#3 – Interactive Classroom Activities
Spark curiosity using these Women’s History Month posters as jumping points for interactive activities! An example you could start with would be group discussions. Pose a thought-provoking question as students are assigned one woman. Have them rotate each ‘center,’ and they can discuss with their specified group mates.
Another example would be a memory type of matching game. Using the biography version of posters, cut apart the image and the biography so they form two ‘cards.’ Have students place them face-down and match the image to the biography! You could do the same with the names and pictures to simplify it.
You could even assign students one woman and have them conduct research. They’ll compile their research in a ready-made template (that makes a stunning bulletin board display!).
The best part is that you can implement these ideas year-round! Yes, you can do any of these activities before March rolls around.
In conclusion, Women’s History Month is a crucial time to highlight and celebrate the diverse contributions of women throughout history. These Women’s History Month posters can help you do just that!
Intrigued? Check out these three meaningful activities for celebrating Women’s History Month in the classroom!
Remember, you can implement these activities year-round, so no matter when you’re reading this, you can inspire your students, foster appreciation for diversity, and build an inclusive environment.👏🏽