Since the first time the Nobel Prize was awarded in 1901 and till 2022, 894 men, 60 women, and 27 organizations have received it.
Marie Curie, the Polish-French physicist, was the first woman worldwide to win it in 1903 and again in 1911 when she won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
This educational and fun activity will introduce your students to six American women who made history and won the prestigious Nobel Prize; In some cases, they were the first women in the world to win it.
The first page contains six mini herstories, and the second page two activities:
1. A word search puzzle that will help students improve their spelling skills and expand their vocabulary.
2. After reading the short biographies on page one, have students find the names in the text boxes. On page two, they will practice their scissors skills, cut the pieces of the women’s names, and assemble and glue them on the correct title line.
Taking this activity to the next level, teachers can offer their students the chance to research these women’s legacies or create a bulletin board.
It is a fantastic activity for English and Social Studies classes, Women’s Equality Day (August 26), Women’s History Month, International Day of Women and Girls in Science, National Inventors’ Day, International Women in Engineering Day, Nobel Prize announcements’ days, and any other occasion.
As educators, it is our responsibility to present a comprehensive history to future generations and emphasize that the world, as it is today, is a product of the works and achievements of both men and women.
Although more than before, the official curriculum still lacks space for women’s history, stories about pioneering women, and their influence on society. Therefore, it is essential to add content about women proactively, give girls role models and examples to identify with and let boys learn that women are equal, valuable, and have contributed to history like men.
Education is one of the significant ways to inspire and create a more equal society for us and future generations.