STEM Activity for Picture Book - Ticktock Banneker's Clock

Grade Levels
3rd - 6th
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40 pages
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Ticktock Banneker's Clock by Shana Keller is a wonderful lead in for STEM and critical thinking activities! It's the perfect book to use for distance learning because the publisher has allowed the author to read it online (linked inside resource).

You can check out the book synopsis and reviews here.

What's in the resource?

Five STEM & Critical Thinking Activities to accompany the book:

  1. Make observations & ask questions
  2. Estimate & measure scale
  3. Identify which STEM Ideals (background here) Benjamin Banneker demonstrated and support with evidence from the story
  4. Homonyms
  5. Hands-on gear making exploration using easily found materials in class or at home

**** Plus a choice board with 9 additional activities to extend & explore!

What the resource comes with:

  • A print PDF version (editable in Google SlidesTM)
  • An editable Google Slides (TM) version
  • Sample answer keys
  • Teacher notes
  • A video walk-through for the teacher 

Who is this for?

  • Teachers who love incorporating picture books and ELA with their STEM lessons.
  • Teachers who need print & paperless versions of resources

Who is this not for?

  • Teachers who are part of Elementary STEM Club (this resource will be included as a bonus for you. Don't buy it twice!)

Total Pages
40 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
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.
Develop a model to generate data for iterative testing and modification of a proposed object, tool, or process such that an optimal design can be achieved.
Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.
Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.


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