International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8 throughout the world. This activity will let students think about the women in their lives and how they contribute to their well-being and society. It can be extended to include an International Women’s Day lunch event.
March is National Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day is March 8. It is a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions (national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic, or political). This activity lets students consider the importance of the women in their lives and to learn more about the many ways they make society better.
(Foundations for Life, Elementary, Volume 1, Issue 2, #30)
1. Introduce the theme of International Women’s Day. Explain the vocabulary, if necessary, and ask the students to give their ideas about the purpose of the day.
2. Explain that International Women’s Day gives us a chance to think about how women enrich our lives and communities. It’s also a day to show we appreciate what they've done for us.
3. Ask the students to think about the women in their lives. They can be anyone who influences their behavior, cares for them, or supports them. Write their ideas on the board. Remark on the number of roles women play in the community.
4. Distribute the blank paper. Have students decorate them as collages of their feelings about the women in their lives or to illustrate how they serve their communities.
5. The activity can tie in with a luncheon. Invite significant women from your school or community to eat with the class using the placemats they made. Prior to the luncheon, students should prepare questions to ask the women, such as how they serve their communities, what were their dreams and how did they accomplish them, how did their childhood compare to those of children today, etc.
If it's not possible to hold a luncheon, invite the women in the community to talk to the class. The placemats or collages can be sent or presented to the women in question.
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Standard 1. Understands and applies media, techniques, and processes related to the visual arts.
Level Pre-K Benchmark 3. Uses a variety of basic art materials (e.g., paints, crayons, clay, pencils) to create works of art and express ideas and feelings.