Katherine Willet

I am a 7th Grade Life Science Teacher who is always looking for new resources for my students. I love using the Learning Center and have found and placed many great resources in my library.




Williamsburg Middle School

Recent Posts by Katherine

Thu Nov 15, 2012 10:58 AM in Teaching Cell Parts in a "fun way"?
A really quick way to do an interactive cell organelle activity is Charade Statues. In groups the students draw a cell organelle out of a box. Each group has one minute to plan their statue to represent that organelle. All group members have to be involved in the statue, and the group should have people at varying heights. After the one minute is up they have one minute to get into position. ...

Sun Jan 29, 2012 5:12 PM in Evolution
I provide the students 4 sets of homologous structure pictures, but the pictures come from the same animals. The sets include pictures of various "legs", "hearts", "lungs", and "mouths". Each group of students has to arrange each set of pictures in the order they think they would have evolved in. I then display the groups of pictures on my SMARTBoard and have the groups show their arrangements....

Sun Jan 29, 2012 5:04 PM in "Life" in movies
A great science fiction movie to introduce, and get students to think about and debate, current genetics topics is "Gattaca". I show a few clips to explain how the futuristic society uses genetic engineering to create a class of superior people. My students then break into teams and we have a series of trials on whether we should clone people, use embryonic stem cells, or genetically engineer pe...

Recent Reviews by Katherine

Thu Nov 15, 2012 2:04 PM
4 Great for so many uses
I use this article with 7th grade students in a Life Science class. Students have prior knowledge from the previous year about the universe and how aspects of the universe are being explored. I focus on the Kepler Mission because the information gained from the project is related to looking for where life could survive elsewhere in the universe. The article is a great place for students to gain information about the Kepler Mission, and then use that information to conduct a project about which planets NASA should focus their investigation on. The article builds background for the students to enrich the project. The article is also great for promoting STEM because the aspects of the project draw on science, technology, engineering, and math for the entire thing to be complete. I have been able to engage uninterested students in science through explaining the application of other areas of STEM through what they learn in this article.

Sun Jan 29, 2012 7:21 PM
3 Good introduction to Cancer
I think this could be a good introduction to cancer. I know my students would have so many more questions than they are capable or willing to research. I discuss cancer with my students, and rather than having them conduct their own research I have a discussion day. It is a day the students are able to direct what we discuss, but rather than having everyone research individually we have a whole class discussion. I have found it useful for the students to hear each other's questions, and I think they miss out on some of that haring y conducting an individual project like this. It could be good for students who are sensitive to the subject due to personal experiences.

Sun Jan 29, 2012 7:14 PM
4 Helpful in addition to a previous project
i use to do a very similar project. Rather than the students modeling a cell I had them use a favorite book or movie to demonstrate meiosis. Students would use something like Harry Potter, and use the protagonists and antagonists to demonstrate the chromosome division. I always felt the project was missing something and this article gave me some ideas of how to bring the project back and improve it. I really appreciated the rubric, seeing how someone else would grade this project. I also appreciated the advice about different sites where videos could be uploaded.

Recent Public Collections by Katherine

Grad School Related

6 Resources

Beyond Dissemination in College Science Teaching: An Introduction to Four Core Change Strategies
Type: Journal Article

Achievable Inquiry in the College Laboratory: The Mini-Journal
Type: Journal Article


2 Resources

Force and Motion
Type: SciGuide

Type: SciGuide