Book activities for: "Whoosh! ! Lonnie Johnson’s . . . Inventions"

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This is an upbeat and inspiring success story for all readers--young and old.

While was working on a new way to cool refrigerators and air conditioners, Lonnie combined water with a blast of air pressure and -- whoosh! -- the Super Soaker was invented. Selling it to toymakers was a different matter. But Lonnie persevered and was rewarded for his hard work. He continues today encouraging young scientists and with his work--using heat sources for creating power.

Whoosh! : Lonnie Johnson's Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions
Written by Chris Barton
Illustrated by Don Tate
Publisher: Charlesbridge
Copyright Date: 2016
ISBN: 9781580892971
Ages: 7-10
Grade Level: 2 - 5
Lexile: 820

Summary: The remarkable story behind the invention of the Super Soaker toy.

Favorable Reviews:
Kirkus (03/15/16)
The Hornbook (00/07/16)
Booklist (05/01/16)
School Library Journal (05/01/16)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (06/16)
A Junior Library Guild Selection, Fall 2016

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These activities can be used for individual, small group, for whole class. They could also be used as homework, with guided groups, or with book groups. Small groups could be working on different activities at the same time. The book can be read aloud and selected activities done in class. They could be useful laminated and in a literacy center. It is always a better learning experience if books are discussed in pairs or in groups, in my opinion. Pairs or groups of students can also complete more complex activities. Examining text is perfect for two students to work on at one time making it easier for both. Through the teacher read-aloud and student group work, good books become part of a common classroom culture.

Students can travel around the classroom to 3 or 4 stations answering questions about the book. The questions can be glued to butcher paper. Each station should have enough squares for all of the class to record their answer. The questions or activities can be posted on the paper or on the wall. Students must support their answers with proof from the book.

The vocabulary cards can be put on a crown or attached to a student’s back. This student then gets to ask five questions about his word and try to guess it.
This book could also be an inspiration to take something apart and try to see how it works and how it could be improved--discussion amongst team members could be very important and would show them how Lonnie approached things.

This product contains the following activities:

Computer vocabulary practice with Quizlet and a page explaining how to use
Crown pattern for vocabulary study
One blank vocabulary map for use with words
Vocabulary and definition cards – there are five words on each page. There is the word and the definition next to it. These could be laminated and cut apart to study or play a matching game. Or you could cut through half of the page horizontally under either the word or the definition and fold down the center on the line. This would make a foldable pamphlet and you could have students draw a picture, write a sentence, synonym, antonym, or other vocabulary activity.
Word sorts by number of syllables, parts of speech, alphabetical order, and number of letters-all with answer keys
Linking words
Word shapes with answer key
Word scramble with answer key
Missing vowels with answer key
Spelling test (choose the correct word from four) with answer key
Wordsearch with answer key
Crossword Puzzle with answer key
7 vocabulary words with answer key
Title page activity with answer key
Author and Illustrator with answer key
Cause and effect with answer key
Marking text with answer key
Information from the Illustration internet activity
Cloze exercise with answer key
Proofreading punctuation with answer key
Picture scavenger hunt
Writing questions for answers with answer key
Thinking about this book with answer key
Scrambled sentences with answer key and answer sheet
Seven sentence sequence with answer key
Back matter in a book with answer key
Summarizing the book in exactly sixty words
Three new facts I learned from this book
Design a T-shirt that Lonnie’s team might have worn
About Lonnie Johnson (find facts and details)
A-B-C word find
Sticky notes for understanding--teacher can print these off on the printer

John, Lonnie, 1949, African American inventors--Alabama--Biography, Inventors--United States Biography, African Americans--Alabama--Biography,
STEM Book, Science, Literacy Centers, Book Unit, Picture Book Unit, Novel Study, Picture Book Studies, Literature Study, Literature Unit and Activities, Reading Circles

Core Curriculum Standards

RI - 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.10
RI - 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.8, 3.10
RI - 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5, 4.10
RI - 5.1, 5.2, 5.4, 5.7, 5.10
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Book activities for: "Whoosh! !  Lonnie Johnson’s . . . In
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Book activities for: "Whoosh! !  Lonnie Johnson’s . . . In
Book activities for: "Whoosh! !  Lonnie Johnson’s . . . In