Our educational activities give children of all ages the opportunity to consider, discuss, and share what they’ve learned while building self-confidence. We also provide ways for students to get involved with the museum and gender rights advocacy, helping to foster a better world for the future.
Teachers: Want to infuse your classroom with girls’ unique history and culture? Check out our various educational resources below, including Google Classroom-ready materials, USA and UK curriculum-linked Educational Guides, Document Based Question (DBQ) Lesson Plans, Coloring Pages, Concertina crafts, and Kahoot-based quizzes. Every resource is crafted by our team of K-12 and university educators, and reviewed by a certified teacher before publication.
Using Google Classroom? We’ve got you covered! Below are activities formatted specifically for Google Classroom. When you click the link, it will automatically create a copy in your Google account, so that you can edit to suit your curricular needs.
52 Objects in the History of Girlhood
Document-based questions (DBQs) offer students a chance to analyze and interpret primary sources, individually or as groups. In completing a DBQ, students learn how to (1) create a strong thesis and support that thesis with the aid of the documents provided; (2) analyze sources for characteristics such as author’s point of view, the author’s purpose, the audience, and context; (3) make connections between the documents; and (4) bring in outside knowledge to strengthen the argument. Utilizing this format, we have created the following DBQ Lesson Plans to not only foster these skills – but also to introduce girlhood to the classroom!
Love to test your knowledge? Girl Museum uses Kahoot! to present fun quizzes based on our exhibits and programs.
Women’s History Month – This museum-wide quiz presents 20 questions from our exhibits to see how much you’ve learned while visiting us.
Click on the language to download the educational guide:
Alternative Girls (English / French)
Ancient Dolls (English)
Ancient Girls (English / French)
Across Time and Space (English)
Celebrating Girl Up (English)
Classical Girls (English / French)
Defining Our Terms (English)
Girl Child in India (English)
Girl For Sale (English)
Girl Saints (English)
Girls and Dolls (English)
Heroines Quilt IV: Girls of WWI (English)
Heroines V: From Dark to Light (English)
Hina Matsuri: Girls Day (English)
Home and Away: Girls of the British Empire (English)
Illustrated Girls (English)
Impressionist Girls (English)
Power of She (English)
Sites of Girlhood for Kindergarten – 8th Grade (English)
Sitting Still (English)
Sparked! Girl Entrepreneurs (English)
STEAM Girls (English)
STEM Girls (English)
Surfer Girl (English)
Warrior Princess (English)
Click each link below to download the coloring pages for that exhibition. Special thanks to Lexi Burrows for implementing this program!
Coloring: Sites of Girlhood
Sites of Girlhood coloring pages, developed by Alexis Walker
Princess Sophia Alexandra Duleep Singh
Concertina-style coloring books, developed by Annamaria Nizi.
We work with educators in high school, college, and university courses to offer students the opportunity to curate virtual exhibitions and projects about girlhood. These often provide students their first encounter with girlhood studies while giving them real-world engagement with primary source research and interpretation – developing crucial 21st century skills such as critical thinking, information literacy, media literacy, initiative, and creativity. Below are course-integrated exhibitions created in collaboration with our senior team.
Interested in integrating an online exhibit as a class project? Contact us to get started.
Educational Guides in Action!
We love hearing how our guides have been successfully used in classrooms of all levels. Below, check out some awesome things students have accomplished using our exhibitions and their accompanying guides. Submit your pictures or story showing our educational activities in use, and we’ll feature it below!
Girl for Sale – Emily Scott
Emily Scott sent us pictures of the poem and picture she drew as part of our Girl for Sale educational guide activities. What do you think?
High School Students from Michigan
Students from a high school in Michigan used our Girls of World War I exhibit and educational guide to create a diary entry and paper doll. The diary below reads:
“March 7, 1916. Today I take Ruth to her first day of child care. Tomorrow I start my first day working in the shell filling factory. It makes me a bit nervous leaving Ruth in the hands of others and going to work with TNT all day. There have already been a few explosions in which many working women were killed. I fear this job but I need the work and the wages are good. I haven’t eaten much lately and its been hard to find any fruit, vegetables or meat. One thing I found quite strange was that some butchers actually began to sell dead cats. How strange! Today has been different than most due to Ruth having the opportunity of the nursery. Also that I finally obtained a job and am now able to have a bit of extra money coming in. I think this will be good for both of us. Hopefully everything goes well within the factory.”
I just stumbled across your site, and I’m thrilled.
Coming from a family of incredible women who defied gender stereotypes (Mum was a union leader and fought for the rights of workers, women in particular; and I am Australia’s first female apprentice Fitter & Turner) and they were all fifty years ahead of their time, I sent a link to eldest daughter so she can peruse it at her leisure and share it with Evelyn, my strong, feisty, intelligent, and beautiful grandchild. Some inspiring, and wonderful stuff on your site.