Thumbs Up To Women’s History Month
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Woman’s History Month…March is Women’s History Month. The month was designed to highlight the contributions of women and girls in all areas, though history is the primary theme. The month-long celebration’s origin can be traced back to 1911 when International Women’s Day was first celebrated on March 8th. Now the month is celebrated in England and Australia with more countries joining in each year. Sunday 3/3 was the 100th anniversary of The Women’s Right’s March.
One of the driving forces in this month of celebrations is America’s schools. School-wide programs presented throughout the United States are bringing more and more women and girl into the discussion. Every student is now studying the contributions of women throughout history. Kindergarteners through twelfth graders highlight the successes of women in creative presentations, posters, creative talks, plays, videos, dioramas, tombstones, and trips to museums and historical homes.
Salute To Women Resources…Three groups have Internet sites filled will useful information, activities and projects for this special month. There are, of course, many more.
The National Women’s History Project (www.nwhp.org) was organized in 1980 and has an extensive archive of topics pertaining to women and their accomplishments. Sign up for their newsletter and you will be notified of important events, celebrations, and presentations of women’s issues, women in literature, and discoveries made by women.
Great Women (www.greatwomen.org) maintains the Women’s Hall of Fame. This is a great alphabetic resource of thousands of women and their accomplishments. A photo of the women is given and a succinct write-up of that woman’s accomplishments is included. If you are doing research during the month or any time of the year, this is a great place to stop. Great Woman, also, has an eNewsletter sign-up. Drop in your email and you will receive their notices of sponsored events and activities across a wide spectrum of topics.
The American Association of University Women (www.aauw.org) maintains that they are the number one resource for presenting and supporting women’s issues. Their resources include:
- LAF Cases
- Position Papers
- Press Releases
- Reproducible Programs and Events
- Tool Kits
Their website has recently changed. Their prominent index bar titled: Grants, Scholarship, and Fellowships For Women is buried on a sublevel. This is a great resource for parents helping their daughters get into college or travel the world through challenging and rewarding fellowship programs. AAUW still maintains they are the number one funder of women in these areas. AAUW has just spearheaded the passing of the Violence Against Women Act and they are continuing to make campuses safer for women through legislation, too.
YouTube…This site will give you an up close and personal look at all your Women’s History Month favorites. Seeing your topic in a live video brings you closer to understanding you favorites in history and will enhance your research topic assignments. Talks by your favorite authors and illustrators appear across this site. “Poets, authors, and illustrators” is a nice place to start your YouTube investigations. YouTube is blocked in a number of school districts. Please get your teacher’s permission to include a YouTube video in your presentations.
Children’s Literature I…Honey I Love is a must own poetry book by Eloise Greenfield. Her poem Harriet Tubman is recited across a wide range of schools as part of Women’s History Month. Look at the beginning of the poem and see if you can use it as a model to introduce another woman who didn’t take no stuff.
A quatrain is four lines of poetry in a variety of forms with A, B, A, B being the format most often used. Mastery of the quatrain is a great jumping off point for more involved poetry forms.
Harriet Tubman (From Honey, I Love)
Harriet Tubman didn’t take no stuff.
Wasn’t scared of nothing neither.
Didn’t come into this world to be no slave.
And wasn’t going to stay one either.
Eloise Greenfield’s poem continues to describe Harriet Tubman’s exploits in each of the verses that follow. Everyone should memorize the poem and present the poem at a Women In History Month’s Celebration
Columnist’s Note…Each day this section of the column features a poetry activity, creative writing exercise, or critical thinking puzzle. These three challenges should be kept in a portfolio or diary. They are designed to activate both sides of your brain. They, also, will prove everyone has a poem or a story they can write with a little encouragement.
Poetry…Today’s writing challenge for your poetry portfolio and diary will introduce One More Thought Poetry. Take a look at the example below and see if you can add one more word to a quatrain you enjoy or write one of your own with one more thought.
This poetic form involves the use of an additional descriptive word at the end of a quatrain and after the rhyme scheme is finished.
Roses are red,
Violets are blue
With this ring I give.
The promise to love you_
Go for it poetry fans!
Monday’s Puzzle…Common Denominators
Common Denominators will really stretch you imagination. Can you figure out what the first two words have in common in the challenge below? This activity is not for the faint of heart. If you can’t get more than half, don’t be upset. Some of our fourth graders had trouble, too. Answers will appear in tomorrow’s column.
Indian – peacock = feathers
Door opener – Musical term = key
Complain (slang) – a meat = beef
A triangle – mold = shape
A water body – Netflix video sent to your TV = stream
A fierce wind – a girl = Gale
Try your hand at these thinkers!
1. Fish – pirates = ______________________________
2. Flower – gun = ______________________________
3. Safety – rail = ______________________________
4. Street – after a ride = ______________________________
5. The ocean – cards = ______________________________
6. Apple – earth’s center ______________________________
7. Phone – finger = ______________________________
8. Letter – egg = ______________________________
9. Game with a ball – soup = ______________________________
10. Little person – something you eat = _____________________________
11. Center of attraction – a state = ______________________________
12. Movie character – found in space = _____________________________
13. Spaceship – cup holder = ______________________________
14. Horse – clouds = ______________________________
15. River – check holder = ______________________________
16. Usual – fly in one = ______________________________
17. Strand – a color = ______________________________
18. Bad jokes – an old apple = ______________________________
19. A measure – a playground = ______________________________
20. Sprained ankle – a hawk = ______________________________
21. House – plate = ______________________________
22. Cake – two fingers = ______________________________
Puzzle Patter…The answer to yesterday’s puzzle appears below. If you haven’t completed the puzzle, please go back to yesterday’s column 48, complete the puzzle, and then return to this page to check your answers.
Hink Pinks or Rhyme Twos are rhyming definitions. They appear in every puzzle book across the thinking spectrum. Look at the examples and see how many you can solve. The answers will appear in tomorrow’s column.
Example Chubby meower = Fat cat
Large oinker = Big pig
Giant car = Heavy Chevy
1. The front horse = ______lead steed_________________
2. A bird playground = ______________lark park_________________
3. This president won’t do it = ______grant can’t________________
4. A happy dog = ___________ jolly collie_________________
5. Nightwear for the islands = _________bahamas pajamas___________
6. Broad arachnid = _____wider spider______________
7. Something to hit cigarette users with = _____smoker poker_____________
8. Ideal place for bird hatching = _____best nest___________________
9. Viking bronco = ____Norse horse________________
10. Blossom strength = ____________flower power______________
11. A positive drape = ____________certain curtain____________
12. Laughter storage area = __________grin bin_______________
13. Disney elephant soup = __Dumbo gumbo_______________
14. A crocodile server = _____________gator waiter______________
15. A drummer’s dialogue = _____tapper rapper_____________
16. A monster movie = ________creature feature______________
17. An unshaven tooth taker = _______hairy fairy_______________
18. Louisiana limas = ________New Orleans beans___________
19. A rat’s dwelling = ____mouse house_______________
20. A sport storage place = ____soccer locker_______________
21. A mathematical farm implement = ____factor tractor_______________
22. Ordinary discoloration (oops) = ______________plain stain______________
22. Our closest planetary orb = __________one sun_______________
23. A wand bearing mathematician = ________magician statistician________
24. A place to give out aspirin = ________pill mill_________
25. Illness reducer = _____fever reliever____________
They can’t all be gems! You stay up all night writing these goofy things. Was your answer better than the one that was given?
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