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

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

Digital Activity:

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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).
Write informative/explanatory texts in which they name a topic, supply some facts about the topic, and provide some sense of closure.
Write informative/explanatory texts in which they introduce a topic, use facts and definitions to develop points, and provide a concluding statement or section.
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
Introduce a topic and group related information together; include illustrations when useful to aiding comprehension.


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