Thursday, January 4, 2024

FREE SCIENCE LESSON - “Digital Interactive Notebook for Learning Isotopes”

by Lab In Every Lesson
6th - 12th Grade

There's really no way to know the extent to which you and your students will experience the interactivity and convenience of my Learning Experiences and digital notebooks until you try them.

In my opinion, the most interactive lesson (and perhaps my most favorite all year!) is this Isotopes lesson -- I'm happy to share it with you!

Enjoy this free Isotopes Digital Interactive Notebook. The companion Interactive Science Lesson is also free!



From using this digital interactive notebook, students will learn about isotopes so they can:

  1. talk like a scientist!
  2. recognize the difference between mass number, exact atomic mass, and average atomic mass.
  3. explain radioactivity.

Both you and your students will know they are successful when they can:

  1. define terms on the Word Wall.
  2. determine the composition of the nucleus for various isotopes.
  3. name isotopes using their mass number.
  4. explain how mass number is different from exact atomic mass.

The following components are included in this digital interactive notebook to support student-centered learning:

  • a “Review & Preview" activity to activate and assess prior knowledge.
  • a "Word Wall" which showcases vocabulary that is central to the lesson content.
  • analytical reading or writing components to promote scientific literacy.
  • an independent or small group learning experience which allows (1) students to create artifacts as evidence of their learning and (2) teachers to review main ideas with the whole group.
  • detailed answer keys for the outlined activities.
  • formative assessment of mastery.

The digital interactive notebook is built for independent student use. With the link, students can download their electronic work and save it to a folder on their computer or print it to compile hard copy evidence of their investigations. It includes all components of my interactive science lessons including activation and integrations of prior knowledge, guidance through active learning experiences and assessment of mastery through skill practice.

There are a variety of uses for this web form!

It offers incredible flexibility with regard to delivery of the lesson:

  • use as a distance learning resource
  • use as the foundation for an interactive science notebook.
  • use on a day during which a substitute leads class.
  • use part of the web form as an introduction to the lesson.
  • assign part or all of the web form as homework.

Perhaps the greatest value in this web form is the portion devoted to student observation and data collection during the learning experience.

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Related Reading:

It is well worth your time to look more deeply into the technology that powers my digital interactive notebook product line. Here are two articles I’ve written on the development of these resources as well as their use:

  1. BookWidgets is the Best Software to Support Student Centered Distance Learning!
  2. Technology Tools and The Student Centered Classroom

A comprehensive overview video I’ve prepared might also be helpful toward understanding what these products include, while this video response to a customer question might help you understand how you’d use them.

I'm happy to answer any other questions you may have about this product or BookWidgets, in general, via email at

You can, alternatively, send me a chat in the Lab In Every Lesson community!

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