In this lesson children can develop their spoken and listening skills by interviewing an inspiring woman they know.
Children’s interview lesson
Today, as part of our International Women’s Day Unit, let’s develop our speaking and listening skills by interviewing a woman we know.
Alongside celebrating the achievements of famous scientists and artists in the Unit, let’s remember we have amazing women in our own family and community. Through our interviews we can discover all women have interesting stories and wisdom to share.
Planning your interview
Decide if you will each work individually to interview someone, and then be able to all share your interviews with each other, or whether you will work together to interview one person.
Talk about the women in your community and who you would like to speak with.
You might interview them over videocall or the telephone, go and visit them, or invite them to your home or classroom.
Decide how you are going to record the answers your interviewee gives. Will someone write them down? Will you record them on video?
Then decide what questions you want to ask. How do we get to know someone better and invite them to share about themselves?
We might start by asking about their family, their job, their childhood and what their life is like now.
Encourage your children to come up with their own questions and you might also like to use the ‘An Inspiring Woman I Know’ question cards included in the printables section of our International Women’s Day Unit.
After your interview there are a number ways to celebrate your chosen woman/women:
:: write up the interview in your journal, perhaps including photos or illustrations
:: make a poster about her to display at home, in class or in your faith / community building
:: send her a letter thanking her and sharing what you learned from her
:: turn the interview into a podcast or video to share with your community
Want more International Women’s Day activities? See the complete International Women’s Day Unit here.
Download your ready-made International Women’s Day Unit
Download your copy of the Play Academy’s ready-made International Women’s Day Unit and you’ll be ready to lead an engaging programme of age-appropriate International Women’s Day lesson plans centred on celebrating women’s achievements, raising awareness against bias, and taking action for equality.
In this International Women’s Day Unit all children can:
:: learn about International Women’s Day: what it is and why it’s important
:: learn about famous women scientists and try a science experiment
:: learn about artist Maria Prymachenko and try an art project
:: interview an inspiring woman they know
:: meet a girl who spoke up and changed the world
:: make their own pledge for change
Bonus International Women’s Day thematic unit printables
The Play Academy’s thematic units come with practical printables that make the lessons more engaging for your children and easier for you to teach.
No need to go searching for printables to accompany your lessons, they’re all included when you download your chosen unit.
In this International Women’s Day Unit you’ll receive these bonus printables:
:: a Who does what job? discussion printable
:: a Who does what thing? discussion printable
:: An Inspiring Woman I Know question cards
:: Pledge posters to customise
How to download this International Women’s Day thematic unit
You can download this unit along with over 50 more from NurtureStore’s Play Academy.
If you are already of the Play Academy, you can download this unit straight away from our Library here.
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