Counting on Katherine Activities

Buckle up for a cosmic journey of learning with Counting on Katherine activities that celebrate Katherine Johnson and engage young learners in literacy, math, and STEM. They’re your ticket to educational ticket to a celestial celebration of learning.

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66 pages

Grades 2-5


With Counting on Katherine activities, you can make learning out-of-this-world! Crafted to captivate and cultivate curious minds, these are the ultimate wingman for your read-aloud wonders! Amp up your English Language Arts, mathematically master the moment, and STEM-ulate curiosity—all while traversing the tales of Katherine Johnson’s remarkable life! 

The included activities strengthen literacy skills with word searches, character trait explorations, cause and effect writing, and story vocabulary. Propel math skills to new orbits as students calculate flight paths, estimate spaceship size, solve for the moon’s diameter, and even get groovy with math movement games. Shoot for the STEM stars – design rockets, research space careers, measure spaceships, and study angles. 

Launch your read-alouds to infinity and beyond with the included activities. Students will be able to:

  • complete a word search.
  • write character traits.
  • write about a cause and effect.
  • explore story vocabulary.
  • research katherine johnson.
  • sequence and summarize the story.
  • apply writing skills with included writing templates and prompts.
  • practice reading comprehension through discussion questions for beginning, middle, and end of the book.
  • engage in social skills through whole group prompts and activities.
  • develop fine motor skills with coloring, tracing, cutting, and gluing activities.
  • complete a job application related to a stem career.
  • research a space related career.
  • estimate and measure spaceships. 
  • calculate a flight path.
  • illustrate angles.
  • solve for the moon’s diameter.
  • practice math skills with movement games.
  • use digital tools to play space-themed games.
  • study angles in physical activity. 

Prepare for a cosmic classroom adventure with our Counting on Katherine activities – they’re a triple-threat of educational excitement!

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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. Buy the book.

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