Women of Distinction

Women of Distinction lesson plan

Around the world, women are accomplishing wonders! Create a 3-D game to highlight notable women in sports, science, politics, and other fields.

  • 1.

    A Chinese expression says, "Women hold up half the sky." Conduct a class discussion about what students think of that quote. Ask students how familiar they are with achievements of women from around the world, past and present. Create a 3-D game to help students build their knowledge about women of distinction.

  • 2.

    Students research notable women in history, with each person in the class choosing a different person. You will find many women in the sciences, arts, and sports as well as women who are making a difference as writers, explorers, inventors, and leaders. With Crayola® Erasable Colored Pencils, students take notes about each woman, including her name, important dates, achievements, and other interesting information.

  • 3.

    Students create game pyramids. For each woman, draw three identical triangles on an open file folder, making them as large as you can. Leave a band along the bottom to keep the triangles connected. Cut out the "mountain peaks" with Crayola Scissors. Fold under the outer edges of the two outside triangles to make tabs. Make sure the three sides fit together in a pyramid. Adjust if necessary. Lay the "peaks" flat.

  • 4.

    Record information. Students transfer their information to the triangles. Write the woman’s name and dates on one triangle, her achievements on another, and descriptive words on the third with Crayola Fine Line Markers. Color and illustrate each triangle with bright Crayola Twistables. Apply Crayola School Glue to the folded tabs. Bend the triangles around to form a standing pyramid. Air-dry the glue.

  • 5.

    Students quiz each other! Present the information on the pyramids to the class. Use demonstrations, pictures, recordings, or other materials to make your person memorable. Now comes the challenge! Mix up the pyramids, students choose one (not their own), and form small groups. Start by showing the name sides of the pyramids. Students tell what they know about this woman? Exchange pyramids with other groups. For more challenges, show only the achievement or description side of each triangle.

Standards

  • LA: Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
  • LA: Read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grade level text complexity band independently and proficiently.
  • LA: Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade level topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
  • LA: Conduct short research projects to answer a question, drawing on several sources and refocusing the inquiry when appropriate.
  • LA: Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking clearly at an understandable pace.
  • MATH: Represent and interpret data.
  • SS: Identify and use various sources for reconstructing the past, such as documents, letters, diaries, maps, textbooks, photos, and others.
  • SS: Identify and describe ways family, groups, and community influence the individual's daily life and personal choices.
  • SS: Identify and describe examples in which science and technology have changes the lives of people, such as in homemaking, childcare, work, transportation, and communication.
  • VA: Select and use the qualities of structures and functions of art to improve communication of ideas.
  • VA: Select and use subject matter, symbols, and ideas to communicate meaning.

Adaptations

  • Have a variety of biographies on famous women available from which students may choose. Prior to beginning the activity, students may wish to generate a list of famous women that they know. Round out the list with women that may not be as well known but are worthwhile researching.
  • Encourage students to dress up as the character that they are presenting to classmates. Students may use recycled materials to help with creating their costume.
  • Ask students to organize the pyramids into groups according to discipline, nationality, or country. Have students create a bar graph representing data collected.
  • Students sketch a map of the world, including all country borders and major cities located and labeled. Map where each Woman of Distinction is from and discuss what they see in terms of clusters of achieving women.