Counting on Katherine Black History Month Read Aloud STEM Activity

Counting on Katherine Black History Month Read Aloud STEM Activity

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Engage Students with a Hidden Figures STEM Challenge!

Katherine Johnson STEM Challenge is a fun and unique way to engage your students during Black History Month and Women's History Month. Teach students that anyone can be a scientist regardless of race or gender. Works as a great companion to the read aloud Counting on Katherine by Helaine Becker.

Students begin the activity by reading about Katherine Johnson and answering questions. We included our own reading passage, and you can also use Counting on Katherine by Helaine Becker.

After learning about Katherine Johnson, students design, build, and test their own space capsule. Students plan, design, and execute their own ideas. After they have completed their activity, there is time for reflection on what worked and what didn't.

A writing activity is included for students to write about what they learned about Katherine Johnson during the project. Excellent for informational writing. (See Preview)

Aligns with NGSS(Next Gen Science Standards) and Common Core.

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Material List:

  • aluminum foil

  • tape

  • string

  • scissors

  • plastic shopping bags and/or coffee filters

  • timer

  • bucket of water (optional)

  • Counting on Katherine by Helaine Becker (Recommended)

Includes:

  • Teacher Instructions

  • Student STEM Journal

  • Student Instructions

  • Student Planning Pages

  • Student Reflection Sheet

  • Reading Passage and Questions

  • Writing Activity

  • NGSS and Common Core Standards

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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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