Mae Among the Stars Activities

Blast off into a universe of learning with our Mae Among the Stars activities! Supercharge your Novel Effect read-aloud and send literacy skills soaring.

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66 pages

Grades PreK-5


Prepare for literacy liftoff! Our Mae Among the Stars activities are out-of-this-world and ready to rocket your read-alouds to the next galaxy! Infused with English Language Arts essentials, this downloadable dynamo pairs perfectly with Mae Jemison’s awe-inspiring adventures.

Your shooting stars will have a blast strengthening their literacy skills with these activities. They’ll build vocabulary, boost comprehension, and even sequence events with prompts and activities. Your aspiring astronauts’ critical thinking will soar to new heights as they launch into character analysis, compare and contrast, and write about their aspirations.

Hold onto your jetpacks, because there’s more! You can embed early literacy and fine motor skills as your youngest learners color, cut, and trace space-themed items. The cherry on top of this celestial sundae includes discussion prompts and interactive games that develop social skills!

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

  • color, cut, and trace elements related to space.
  • sequence the story.
  • write about dreams and aspirations.
  • compare and contrast with Venn Diagrams.
  • write sentences with story vocabulary.
  • sort nouns, verbs, and adjectives.
  • write character traits that describe mae jemison.
  • research mae jemison.
  • answer reading comprehension questions.
  • analyze a story quote, the theme, and the story’s lesson.
  • complete a job application for mae jemison.
  • sequence a story plot.
  • complete a spaceship craftivity.
  • 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 through coloring, tracing, cutting, and gluing activities.
  • use digital tools to play space games. 

The Mae Among the Stars activities are an all-in-one launchpad for educational excellence, so get ready for a learning experience that’s truly out of this world! These activities can be used by the whole group, at stations or centers, or provide student choice. They’re perfect for differentiation and focusing on specific learning goals and skills. 

💙 Craving more cosmic content? Rocket your read-alouds to the next galaxy with these out of this world activities!

💙 Once you’ve landed the Mae Among the Stars activities, prepare for read-aloud liftoff and  read the book with the celestial soundscape in your Novel Effect app!

About the Book and Soundscape

Mae Among the Stars is the perfect book for young readers with big dreams and even bigger hearts. Little Mae's curiosity, intelligence, and determination, matched with her parents' encouraging words, paved the way for her incredible success at NASA. She was the first African American woman to travel in space. This book will inspire other young girls to reach for the stars, aspire to the impossible, and persist with childlike imagination. While reading with the soundscape, young readers will reach for the stars as they hear young Mae plot her course to the cosmos. Buy the book.

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