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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  • Shiloh Farm: An agritourism business designed to show city and suburb dwellers forgotten practices of farming.
  • Genesis Farm School: Visit this working farm and enter into a learning laboratory where students will have fun and a hands-on experience with nature.
  • Tarkil Branch Farm's Homestead Museum: Take a trip back in time to this working farm and museum. Comprised of 32 exhibits and over 850 items, students studying North Carolina history will see what it was like living on a farm in the nineteenth century.

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What is agriculture? Where does our food come from? What kinds of animals can be found on a farm? The answer to these and other questions your students may have about agriculture and farming can be found in this sampling of educational resources found on LEARN NC.

Lesson Plans

Plants and animals: introduction to the unknown
This is an introductory lesson to assist students in understanding where their food comes from and what is available in this area. It is also a wonderful way to continue with inventive spelling. (Grade K English Language Arts and Science)
The needs of animals
In this lesson plan first grade students will examine photographs of 4-H club members with animals from North Carolina. They will make observations from the visual material to build an understanding of the needs of animals. They will begin to learn that these needs have remained the same in different times. (Grade 1 Science)
Modern Technology and Farming
This lesson from Science NetLinks is an open-ended lesson about agriculture and farming technology. Students have an opportunity to explore five different kinds of farms on a website with interesting visual and audio enhancements. (Grade 6 Science)
What plants need to grow
This Science NetLinks lesson is the second of a two-part series on where food comes from. In this lesson, students explore how to grow plants and learn what kinds of things promote growth (warmth, sunlight, water, soil). (Grade 1 Science)

Websites

4-H Virtual Farm
The 4-H Virtual Farm uses interactive tours and video to introduce several types of farms and explain how they operate.
AG’s Cool!
Ever wonder why apples aren’t grown near the ocean? Want to know how much tobacco is really grown in North Carolina? Want to know when North Carolina blueberries are in season? Interested in finding out how farming has changed over the years? All these questions and more are answered within AG’s COOL with information, games, and teacher tips.
Agropolis Museum: Food and Agricultures of the World
Explores the history of food and agriculture throughout the ages and the cultural influences on farmers from all over the world and the challenges they face. Find also food consumption models for several countries.
Harvest of History
This interactive site from the Farmer’s Museum in Cooperstown, New York tells the story of farming and the community over the past 200 years. The clickable map allows viewers to find out “where our food comes from, how and where it grows, and compare life in 1845 with our modern world.” Each building has a video explanation of its use and a VR tour. Students can make their own video about the village. While touring the village, students can save videos, pictures, and animations. They can edit their video and add music and title cards.
Sci4Kids
Sci4Kids explains what scientists do at the Agricultural Research Service, or ARS. This site for students and teachers has content appropriate for a wide range of ages in a design geared to elementary students. We recommend, for interested students, the tips on science fair projects. Geared to kids about 8 to 13 years old, it is produced by the ARS Information Staff in Beltsville, Maryland.

Field Trip Destinations

Screech Owl Farm School
Located near Pittsboro, NC, the Screech Owl Farm School offers “environmental life-skills and Farm Ecology education through a variety of programs to students of all ages.”
Moody Farm Gourds
Catch gourd fever when you visit Moody Farm! Students will learn about growing gourds and their many uses. Harvest time is October - November. Gourds and seeds are available for purchase. To arrange a tour, call (252) 747-1132. The farm is located at 690 Jesse Hill Road in Snow Hill.
Mike’s Farm and Country Store
A warm wholesome family oriented atmosphere can be found on this working farm in Duplin County. Mike’s Farm offers educational field trip programs for school groups in the fall and spring.
Genesis Farm School
Visit this working farm and enter into a learning laboratory where students will have fun and a hands-on experience with nature.