Black History Month Read Aloud STEM Activities and Black History Month STEM Challenges

Black History Month Read Aloud STEM Activities and Black History Month STEM Challenges

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Integrate STEM in your classroom during Black History Month with these Read Aloud STEM Challenges!

Create a space capsule to bring Apollo astronauts back to earth safely with Katherine Johnson, build an air powered rocket shuttle to launch Mae Jemison into space, invent something new with Lonnie Johnson, learn the power of words with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, and code astronauts to the moon with the Hidden Figures!

Includes 5 Black History Month Read Aloud Activities and lessons as amazing companion activities to our favorite Black History Month Read Alouds:

  • Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly

  • Whoosh! by Chris Barton

  • Counting on Katherine by Helaine Becker

  • Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by Doreen Rappaport

  • Mae Among the Stars by Roda Amhed

These Black History Month STEM Activities are more than craftivities. Each STEM Challenge takes students through a process where they develop critical thinking and engineering skills. Students plan, design, and execute their own ideas. After they have completed their activity and game, there is time for reflection on what worked and what didn't.

Amazing resource for STEM club, STEM Teachers, parents who love hands-on learning, and elementary teachers who want to create a hands-on educational environment in their classroom!

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Each Activity Includes:

  • Teacher Instructions

  • Student Instructions

  • STEM Journal

  • Student Planning and Reflection Pages

  • Writing Activity

  • NGSS Standards

  • Common Core Standards

Hidden Figures Read Aloud STEM Activity focuses on Coding.

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K-2-ETS1-2 Engineering Design

Develop a simple sketch, drawing, or physical model to illustrate how

the shape of an object helps it function as needed to solve a given 


K-2-ETS1-3 Engineering Design

Analyze data from tests of two objects designed to solve the same problem to compare the strengths and weaknesses of how each performs.

3-5-ETS1-2 Engineering Design

Generate and compare multiple solutions to a problem based on

how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the


3-5-ETS1-3 Engineering Design

Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.