My name is Bill Wilkinson (students just call me “Mr. W”) and I love teaching science! In the 22 years I’ve taught, I’ve observed one constant- ALL students learn better when their their hands and minds work together. After teaching middle school science for 14 years, I served for 3 years as Science Liaison for Vigo County Schools in Terre Haute, Indiana, where I taught daily across several different middle schools, and presented professional development opportunities for science teachers. Currently, I teach Gifted/Talented Science in grades 6, 7, and 8 in Vigo County, Indiana. I am proud to say that each lesson on this site is an original that I actually did in real classrooms with real students.
Questions and Answers
Do you cover the Common Core Standards?
Yes. You’ll find that most/all of my lessons emphasize the kind of higher level thinking (like determining central ideas and converting text into something visual) that is also promoted in the Common Core State Standards. Here’s a chart that shows which Common Core Standards are covered in each Interactive Science lesson.
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What grade level are these lessons for?
All of the lessons were designed for and used with middle school students (grades 6, 7, and 8). But they can easily adapt upward or downward in grade level. I’ve done workshops that featured my activities with elementary, middle school, and high school teachers, and the activities had universal appeal. If your grade level is lower, then do more of the hands-on fun stuff and talk less, and allow your students’ curiosity and questions let you know how much more to talk. If your grade level is higher, then use the demonstrations as beginnings of longer discussions and more notes.
Am I allowed to make changes to the lessons?
Yes, you absolutely can. When you think of how many different science teachers and science books there are, you begin to realize that there are many ways to teach one topic. So if you come across a more suitable demonstration or would rather word something differently, then by all means make that change so you’re more comfortable. But for copyright reasons you cannot share or re-sell any lessons or images, revised or not, with anyone else, without written permission (send me a quick note using the Contact Form, or an email directly to firstname.lastname@example.org ).
Can your lessons be used as a stand-alone science curriculum with Homeschoolers?
Interactive Science Lessons show how science can be both fun and meaningful. Every lesson is hands-on and visual in some way, and meant to illustrate the topic being studied. So you can think of my lessons as supplements that take what you’re already doing and make it better (more fun and meaningful), but not the absolute base of what you do with science. If you have a good base curriculum and are looking for something to liven it up, then Interactive Science Lessons would be a great choice for Homeschoolers, especially considering that most of my lessons use things commonly found around the home. You’ll find more info. on my Homeschool page, located here.