Breaking Through Gender Roles: The Women of NASA

Whether recognized or not, extraordinary women were integral to breaking gender barriers and putting Americans into space. For Women's History Month, explore a series of video clips and biographical information that profile these remarkable women. After hearing about their lives, learners write a thank you note for their contributions.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Use a jigsaw method to explore the lives of women who contributed to NASA's mission
  • Stimulate a discussion on why these women have been neglected by the history books
Classroom Considerations
  • Pupils need Internet access and device to view videos
Pros
  • Activities profile lesser-known and important figures
  • Lesson allows for exploration of intersectionality of African American and women's history
Cons
  • None