K-12 Teaching and Learning From the UNC School of Education

LEARN NC was a program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education from 1997 – 2013. It provided lesson plans, professional development, and innovative web resources to support teachers, build community, and improve K-12 education in North Carolina. Learn NC is no longer supported by the School of Education – this is a historical archive of their website.

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A Christmas Carol chronology
Christmas Carol Chronology, based on Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, provides students with an opportunity to develop comprehension by listing plot developments and arranging them sequentially. This lesson begins with cooperative learning groups and ends with an individual manipulative activity of cutting and pasting strips of events in chronological order.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 English Language Arts)
By Judy Gibbs.
The Great Gilly Hopkins: Characterization and prediction
In the final chapters of the novel, Gilly's grandmother learns she has a granddaughter and decides to take Gilly out of foster care. Many of my classroom readers are often dismayed by this unexpected conflict and its outcome. In this lesson, the classroom becomes a courtroom where students predict the outcome of this conflict.

This activity can be used at the end of the novel, but I like to use it after reading chapters 10 and 11 so students can compare the courtroom decision to the end of the novel.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4–6 English Language Arts)
By Emily Vann.
The ABCs of the Three Little Pigs
This lesson uses a familiar fairy tale to teach writing. It is designed to emphasize using varied sentence patterns in writing.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–7 English Language Arts)
By Penny Canipe.
ACC basketball
The students will use ACC basketball statistics to practice the process of converting fractions to decimals then to percents and will learn how to create and edit a spreadsheet. They will then use this spreadsheet to analyze their data. This unit is done during the basketball season.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 Information Skills and Mathematics)
By Susan Dougherty.
Alcohol and other drugs
This lesson addresses the harmful effects of alcohol, tobacco, and illicit drugs on a young person's body. It also covers the primary reasons why students try illicit drugs.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 Guidance and Healthful Living)
By Tina Hartig.
Amazing liquid conductor
Students will mix a variety of liquid solutions together to see if they will light a light bulb in a electrical circuit. They will be able to identify liquid electrical conductors and nonconductors. Also they will be able to identify that liquid solutions that contain a noticeable amount of acid or salt are good conductors of electricity. Each group of students will make a closed circuit to test their solutions.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4 and 6 Science)
By Martha Martin.
Analyzing Statistics S.S. Europe and Russia
Students will gather statistical information on countries in Europe and Russia from almanacs. The information will be recorded in a chart. Students will then take the information and make line or bar graphs. Students will analyze the information by answering higher level thinking questions.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–7 Information Skills and Social Studies)
By J. Brown.
Artful boomerangs
Students will review three different types of boomerang shapes, use stencils to draw and cut out these shapes, and use various art materials and mediums to design their surfaces.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6 Visual Arts Education)
By Susan Wittig.
Assertiveness for students
This lesson will introduce middle school students to assertive behavior as a tool for dealing with disagreements or conflicts with others.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 Guidance)
By Nicki Neumann.
Autobiographical expression
In CareerStart lessons: Grade six, page 1.2
This lesson for grade 6 introduces students to the theory of multiple intelligences. Students consider what their personal strengths are according to this theory.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 English Language Arts and Guidance)
By Ruth Roberts.Adapted by Jennifer Brookshire and Julie McCann.
An average autumn
This lesson will be a review of skills for calculating mean, mode, median, and range of a set of numbers to be created by the students. It will result in a seasonal display for the classroom or school-wide bulletin board.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4–6 Mathematics)
By Scott Counce.
Back to the future!
In this lesson plan, students research the history of an important invention and present what they've learned through an annotated timeline, historical fiction journal accounts, and VoiceThread technology.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6 and 8 Information Skills and Social Studies)
By Diane Ruby.
Baseball fun: Percentages, decimals, and fractions
Students will learn the concepts behind fractions, decimals, and percents by using sports statistics found on baseball cards.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 Mathematics)
By Adrian Bustle.
Basketball shot
This lesson introduces students to the proper technique of shooting the basketball.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6 Healthful Living)
By Eric Gramer.
Becoming one with clay: Pinch pots
This lesson will provide students with an initial, successful experience with clay. They will begin with a small, palm-size piece of soft clay, mold it into a ball, and then create a small rounded pot.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6 Visual Arts Education)
By Renee Miller.
Bio-Poem introductions
Bio-Poems can be used at the beginning of school as an opening activity for the first week of school. They can also be used anytime throughout the year when introductions are necessary (e.g. change of semester class, new students, etc.). In this lesson students will use the writing process as well as computer word processing skills. This activity ensures success and builds self-esteem.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–7 Guidance)
By Linda Taylor.
Biologists: Working with probability
In CareerStart lessons: Grade six, page 2.7
In this lesson for grade six, students will use theoretical probability to predict genetic outcomes, and will understand how mathematical probability is used in biological careers.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–7 Mathematics and Science)
By Kim Abrams, Mike McDowell, and Barbara Strange.
Biomagnification and bald eagles
In this activity, students will study biomagnification by using paper cutouts to represent food containing chemicals eaten by fish. The students will then repeat this activity but as an eagle collecting fish. The amount of chemicals taken in by each eagle will then be compared to amounts taken in by each fish.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6 Science)
By Elizabeth Caveny, Janet Carson, Heather Subleski, and Jeannie Galluzzo.
Biome basics
This project involves the creation of a simple, yet effective display of the different biomes found on earth.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6 and 8–12 Science)
By B. Carl Rush.
Birds of a feather: Collecting and analyzing bird feeder data
In this lesson, students prepare frequency tables and construct a circle graph of the species of birds observed at bird feeders.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–7 Mathematics)
By Vicky Smathers.