Counting on Katherine Activities for 1-5

With the Counting on Katherine activities, students will apply similar math and science concepts that Katherine used in her time at NASA.
Counting on Katherine book cover with thumbnail images of free activity sheets and Novel Effect app on phone

Counting on Katherine Activities

Katherine Johnson has a brilliant mathematical mind that helped NASA’s space missions. With the Counting on Katherine activities, students will apply similar math and science concepts that Katherine used in her time at NASA.  The math activities included engage students in estimation and measurement. The science activities engage students in force, motion, and velocity. This cross-curricular activity  bundle also invites students to work with synthesizing, vocabulary, character analysis, and theme. 

As a result of the included activities, students will be able to:

  • solve a story related word search. 
  • pose questions.
  • respond to writing prompts.
  • write sentences with story vocabulary.
  • determine Katherine’s character traits.
  • write about Katherine Johnson.
  • sequence and summarize the book.
  • write about story elements.
  • complete a job application.
  • measure using nonstandard units and inches.
  • solve multiple addend equations.
  • draw angles.
  • calculate the diameter of the moon.
  • design a rocket ship.
  • play Hangmath.
  • go on a virtual field trip to NASA.
  • play human protractor.
  • test variables of tossing a ball.
  • reflect on and respond to comprehension questions and writing prompts.

Activities can be used to differentiate instruction for students, to provide them with a choice, or to focus on a particular skill.

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About the Book

If you have seen the film Hidden Figures, you are familiar with Katherine Johnson’s work at NASA during the space race. This biography fills in what the movie didn’t cover about her extraordinary mind and life. Her mathematical genius started as a child, and she’s always been curious about calculations and the universe. Katherine was a gifted student in her childhood, and she even calculated the course of the moon landing.

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