International Women’s Day Activities for Elementary Students in 2024

These activities are very popular for International Women’s Day. They provide fun and engaging learning experiences to help you celebrate International Women’s Day with your class. Check out all of the International Women’s Day activities below!

International Women's Day activities for elementary students

10 International Women’s Day Activities

Below are our favorite International Women’s Day activities.

1. Read Aloud Before She Was Harriet

Before She Was Harriet by Lesa Cline-Ransome is a story that teaches readers about Harriet Tubman’s life in sequential order. It starts with her beginning years as a slave. Next, it goes into her becoming a conductor in the Underground Railroad. Finally, readers learn about her experience fighting in the Civil War. This beautifully written story shows the incredible journey Harriet made to empower others. It also shows how her legacy still impacts us today.

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2. Read Aloud Shark Lady

Shark Lady by Jess Keating is about the life of Eugenie Clark, a brave scientist who changed the way people preserve sharks, and women in the field of science. 

As a young girl, Eugenie loved everything about the ocean but the sharks were her favorite. She spent her childhood learning as much as she could about sharks. When she grew up, Eugenie decided to study zoology in college. Many people didn’t think women were smart or brave enough to go into science, but that didn’t stop Eugenie. She went on to make many discoveries about fish and sharks. 

As she learned more about her favorite animal, Eugenie wanted people to see sharks the way she did. She decided to conduct an experiment where she would train sharks. She learned that not only could sharks be trained, they could remember what they learned for two months. 

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3. Read Aloud The Girl Who Thought in Pictures

The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Temple Grandin by Julia Finley Mosca follows the life of Temple Grandin. The story starts off with Temple being born, and the doctors thinking that she needed to be sent away because she was different. Temple liked to watch things spin, did not like loud noises or crowds, anything that was itchy, or big squeezy hugs. She also did not talk until she was three. Temple got diagnosed with Autism. Her mom said that Temple was “different, not less.”

When Temple goes to school, the children there would tease her relentlessly. One day, Temple’s mom thinks that it would be better for Temple to stay on her aunt’s ranch. There, Temple finally feels comfortable and explores ways to help animals. Temple goes to college and gets three degrees! Now she travels the world giving speeches and spreading hope. She spreads the message that the world needs brains of all kinds.

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4. Read Aloud Planting Stories

Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpre by Anika Aldamuy Denise is about Pura Belpre, the first Puerto Rican Librarian in New York City. When Pura started working at the library, she realized that there weren’t any of the stories and folktales that she was familiar with in Puerto Rico. She decides to share her stories during story hour and through puppet shows, and eventually publishes a book. 

Pura travels across the country and from classroom to classroom planting her story seeds and educating about her homeland. When she returns to the library, she sees that her story seeds have bloomed and everyone is telling her stories. 

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5. Read Aloud Mae Among the Stars

Mae Among the Stars by Roda Ahmed is about a girl named Mae who dreams of being an astronaut when she grows up. She reads books and researches how to become an astronaut and has a dream that she is floating in space looking at Earth.

Mae’s parents tell her that if she dreams, believes, and works really hard, anything is possible. When Mae goes to school and shares what she wants to be when she grows up, the other children laugh at her and her teacher suggests she does something else. This disappoints Mae but her mom reminds her that all that matters is that she dreams big and works hard.

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6. Read Aloud The Oldest Student

The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read by Margaret Wise Brown is the story of Mary Walker, who grew up in slavery in the 1860s, learning the rules of the south quickly as an African-American. She had no time to read: she worked, and worked, and worked. When the Emancipation Proclamation took effect, Mary and her family stayed in the south and worked with her mother.

She then had children, and with three hungry mouths, there was still no time to learn to read. They grew up, and Mary outlived her family at the incredible age of 114. It was then, sitting in her Retirement Home, that she decided to learn to read. She studied and studied, and was finally able to read the signs all over the city. The squiggles came to life. She then preached with her church about how you are never too old to learn something new.

Check out these related The Oldest Student activities!

7. Read Aloud The Story of Ruby Bridges

The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles tells the story of when 6 year-old Ruby Bridges and her family moved to New Orleans for a better life in 1960. Segregation was still rampant, and a judge ordered a handful of Black girls to begin going to White schools. Ruby was one of these children.

She was the only one to go to Franz Elementary School from these children. On her first day, a big mob stood outside and chanted with signs, protesting her going. No students went as well. Ruby continued to go, day after day, praying for God to forgive these angry people.

Check out these related The Story of Ruby Bridges activities!

8. Read Aloud Greta and The Giants

Greta and The Giants by Zoë Tucker was inspired by Greta Thunberg. In this story, animals came to Greta asking for help when she was in the forest. The Giants were greedy and destroying the forest to create towns, cities, and factories. The animals were too scared to speak to them!

So, one day, Greta began picketing for the Giants to stop. Then, more and more children joined in. Eventually, they spoke to the Giants about the effect of their actions on the forest. The Giants began helping to fix the forest, interacting with more hobbies, and helping in their community.

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9. Read Aloud The Tree Lady

The Tree Lady by H. Joseph Hopkin is a biography of Katherine Olivia Sessions. It tells the story of how Kate became known as the Mother of Balboa Park, located in San Diego.

Kate grew up in Northern California and loved being in the woods under the trees. Unlike other girls at the time, Kate liked to get her hands dirty and study science. She even went to college to study science and was the first woman to graduate from that school.  

After graduating, Kate moved to San Diego and became a teacher. San Diego was very different than anywhere Kate had lived before. There were no trees and it was a very dry landscape. After a few years of teaching, Kate decided to become a gardener. She made it her mission to bring trees to San Diego. Kate began collecting trees that could grow in San Diego. She wrote letters to gardeners around the world asking for seeds. Soon, there were trees all over San Diego and people were even planting them in their yards.

When a big exposition was coming to San Diego, it was decided the park, Balboa Park, needed more trees for shade. Kate worked to plant trees all over the park. People couldn’t believe the lush park that had been created. 

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10. Use This Rosa Parks Non-Fiction Reading Unit

This Rosa Parks Nonfiction Reading Unit includes 3 leveled reading passages, vocabulary cards, reading and writing activities, and more. It pairs really nicely with our fictional book companions listed above. Learn more about this resource in our Clutter-Free Classroom Teacher Store!

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Before She was Harriet book companion Shark Lady book companion The Girl Who Thought in Pictures book companion Planting Stories book companion Mae Among the Stars book companion
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The Oldest Student book companion The Story of Ruby Bridges Greta and The Giants The Tree Lady book companion Rosa Parks non-fiction unit
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