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What to Teach this Month: March

March 1, 2024

What to Teach this Month: March

Check out these lessons for Women’s History Month as well as topics spanning World Water Day, the anniversary of the Capitol Crawl, nutrition, music, reading and much more.

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In my family, March is a month full of celebrations. My father, my husband, my sister’s husband and my husband’s older sister were all born in March making for a pretty fun time. While I find this month magical because it is when some of my favorite people came into the world, I think it also tends to serve as a breath of fresh air for most people. The days begin to get warmer, the sun sticks around to say “hi” for longer in the day, and we can get outside a bit more to receive that much needed vitamin D we have been lacking during the dark, cold winter months. If that alone isn’t enough to celebrate, March is packed full of many exciting holidays and events that provide great opportunities for learning.

First, did you know that every March, AFT’s Share My Lesson puts on a three-day Virtual Conference filled with more than 35 free, for-credit sessions? With topics covering AI and media literacy; civic education and English language arts; diversity, equity and inclusion; mental health and social emotional learning; and STEM, you are sure to find something to get you excited. Learn more about the conference and register here.

Virtual Conference call out

March is also Women’s History Month, which is dedicated to focusing on the amazing contributions of women who have often been tangentially mentioned or completely left out of the history books. From daring adventurers to groundbreaking scientists and everything in between, women have changed the course of history in profound ways. By sharing their stories, we honor their legacy and shed light on the unsung heroes and trailblazers who have shaped history. Check out a new yearlong series we’re doing about women in history with educator Sari Beth Rosenberg.

Not only is March Women's History month, but it's also Academy Awards season. And, as you likely know, one of the most nominated films, Barbie, directed by Greta Gerwig,  is up for eight awards, including best picture. Bonus fact: Barbie broke the ticket sales record for a women-directed film in less than three weeks. SML members are big fans of the film, as is evidenced by this top blog from Amber Chandler on the film, as well as her new lesson plan.

March is Women's Histoery Month

Several religious and cultural holidays fall in March this year, which many of your students may be celebrating, including Ramadan (March 10-April 9), Nowruz (March 19), Holi (March 25), and Easter (March 31).

Also, as part of recognizing the importance of inclusion, March can be a great time to raise awareness about the diverse individuals who make up communities. The anniversary of the Capitol Crawl is March 13. The Capitol Crawl was a powerful demonstration in 1990 at which disability rights activists crawled up the steps of the U.S. Capitol to advocate for the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Teach students about the significance of this action with this K-5 lesson plan or this middle and high school lesson plan. Additionally, Transgender Day of Visibility is March 31. Raise awareness about transgender rights and honor the resilience and achievements of transgender individuals with these free resources.

Explore the lists below to learn about more events and holidays in March, and to find resources to support you in incorporating those topics into your classroom.

National Nutrition Month and National Breakfast Week

March is National Nutrition Month, and the first week of the month is National School Breakfast Week, so it is a great time to discuss with students the importance of making healthy food choices and staying active. You can introduce them to the concept of a balanced diet and the food groups, encouraging them to think about the foods they eat and how they can make healthier choices. Check out these resources to help you get started:

International Women's Day

International Women's Day, celebrated on March 8, is a global day honoring the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. It's a day to recognize and applaud the progress made toward gender equality, while also acknowledging the work that still needs to be done. It's a time to celebrate the strength, resilience and achievements of women around the world, past and present. International Women's Day is not just about celebrating women; it's also about taking action to create a more inclusive and gender-equal world. It's a day to inspire and empower women and girls to dream big, break barriers and make their voices heard. Use these lessons to help get students excited about International Women’s Day:

National Reading Month

National Reading Month is a great time to dive into captivating stories, embark on thrilling adventures and explore new worlds with your students. Whether your students are into heart-pounding mysteries, epic fantasies or inspiring memoirs, there's a book out there waiting for them. By celebrating National Reading Month, you can help instill a love for reading in your students. These resources can help you celebrate:

Music in Our Schools Month

Music in Our Schools Month is a time when we recognize the invaluable role music education plays in shaping young minds and hearts. From learning to play instruments to singing in choirs, music education helps students develop creativity, discipline and a lifelong appreciation for the arts. So, let's turn up the volume, sing our hearts out and drum up some enthusiasm for music with these resources:

World Water Day

World Water Day (March 22) is the perfect time to dive deep into the importance of water conservation, access to clean water and the impact of water scarcity on communities around the globe. Through engaging lessons and activities, we can help students understand the vital role water plays in our lives and the need to protect this finite resource. Teaching about World Water Day is not just about learning facts; it's about inspiring action and empowering students to become stewards of our planet. So, let's make a splash in the classroom and educate the next generation about the importance of water conservation and sustainability with these resources:

Let us know what you think of these lessons and other topics you’re teaching this month.

What to Teach This Month Series

There are so many holidays, events, and anniversaries that mark our calendars each month that it can be hard to keep track of all of them. The Share My Lesson team has created a blog series, "What to Teach This Month," where each month a member of our team highlights free lesson plans and resources for grades prek-12 on some of the relevant topics you might want to incorporate into your curricular agenda for the month.

Megan Ortmeyer

Megan Ortmeyer is an SML Team Member and has worked in the AFT Educational Issues Department since fall 2018. She received her M.A. in education policy studies in May 2020 from the Graduate School of Education and Human Development at the George Washington University.

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