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Lonnie Johnson Whoosh! READ ALOUD STEM™ Activity Distance Learning Digital

Carly and Adam
Grade Levels
1st - 5th
Formats Included
  • PDF
  • Activity
24 pages
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Includes both PDF and Easel Activity for Google Classroom Distance Learning and in-person classroom instruction.

Engage Students with a Lonnie Johnson Invention STEM Challenge!

Whoosh STEM Challenge is a fun and unique way to engage your students during Black History Month. In this STEM Activity, students are challenged to create their own invention to solve a real world problem.

Students begin the activity by reading about inventor Lonnie Johnson and answering questions. We included our own reading passage, and you can also use Whoosh! by Chris Barton

After learning about Lonnie Johnson, students design, build, and test their own invention prototype. After they have completed their activity, there is time for reflection on what worked and what didn't. A writing activity allows students to write about how to market their prototype.

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

Material List:

  • cardboard (ex. paper towel rolls or cereal boxes)
  • tape
  • scissors
  • construction paper
  • pipe cleaners
  • popsicle sticks
  • plastic cups
  • string
  • Whoosh! by Chris Barton (Recommended)


  • Teacher Instructions
  • Student STEM Journal
  • Student Instructions
  • Student Planning Pages
  • Student Reflection Sheet
  • Reading Passage and Questions
  • Writing Activity
  • NGSS and Common Core Standards
  • TpT Digital Version for Distance Learning with Google Classroom

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Total Pages
24 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
2 hours
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.
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.
Ask questions, make observations, and gather information about a situation people want to change to define a simple problem that can be solved through the development of a new or improved object or tool.
Analyze data from tests of two objects designed to solve the same problem to compare the strengths and weaknesses of how each performs.


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