About Carolyn Wilhelm and the Wise Owl Factory

Carolyn Wilhelm curriculum writer at Wise Owl FactoryCarolyn is a wife, mom, and grandmother who loves education. The Wise Owl Factory has mostly free educational materials for parents, teachers, homeschools, libraries, and scout groups to use. Wise Owl Factory has been providing educational materials online since 2008. Wise Owl Factory is an LLC located in Minnesota. Carolyn Wilhelm is the author and owner of this site. Please note there are priced and free products also on Teachers Pay Teachers as well as Teacher’s Notebook sites.

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Carolyn Wilhelm writes curriculum for the different grade levels she has taught over the years including self-contained grades 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. She also taught gifted education and thinking skill classes for grades K-6. She has a BS in Elementary Education, an MS in Special Studies of Gifted Children, and an MA in Curriculum and Instruction K-12. She had National Board Certification as a Middle Childhood Generalist 2004-2014. She is a member of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), and has free lessons on a site they are associated with named ReadWriteThink.org. She writes this blog and shares many free resources here. She is a licensed, certified teacher in Minnesota through 2020 and is ready for the 2025 certification.

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Wise Owl Factory up north at the cabin

Carolyn likes owls, birds, and nature. Here are some of her sightings. First, the Pileated Woodpecker who loves to drum about 6 am and wake everyone up!

Pileated Woodpecker, photo

This is a Northern Flicker photo taken by Carolyn Wilhelm near Grand Marais, Minnesota. Also loud!

Northern Flicker in dying Aspen tree near Grand Marais Minnesota, photo by Carolyn Wilhelm

Northern Flicker in dying Aspen tree near Grand Marais Minnesota

This is a Ruby-throated hummingbird.


Carolyn with an owl adopted through Hawk Ridge in Duluth Minnesota. Hawk Ridge owl nights are great fun for the family and birders alike. By adopting a raptor by day or an owl at night, contributions help Hawk Ridge Raptor Center. It is very cold at night in Duluth in October, blankets and winter coats are required!

owl certificate for long eared owl female

Carolyn adopted this sharp-shinned hawk at Hawk Ridge in Duluth, also.

photo of Sharp-shinned hawk adopted by Carolyn Wilhelm

photo of Sharp-shinned hawk adopted by Carolyn Wilhelm

We hope you return again and again to find educational resources that will help your classroom. Carolyn