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Important Announcement about Online Courses and LEARN NC.

Important Message about LEARN NC

LEARN NC is evaluating its role in the current online education environment as it relates directly to the mission of UNC-Chapel Hill School of Education (UNC-CH SOE). We plan to look at our ability to facilitate the transmission of the best research coming out of UNC-CH SOE and other campus partners to support classroom teachers across North Carolina. We will begin by evaluating our existing faculty and student involvement with various NC public schools to determine what might be useful to share with you.

Don’t worry! The lesson plans, articles, and textbooks you use and love aren’t going away. They are simply being moved into the new LEARN NC Digital Archive. While we are moving away from a focus on publishing, we know it’s important that educators have access to these kinds of resources. These resources will be preserved on our website for the foreseeable future. That said, we’re directing our resources into our newest efforts, so we won’t be adding to the archive or updating its contents. This means that as the North Carolina Standard Course of Study changes in the future, we won’t be re-aligning resources. Our full-text and tag searches should make it possible for you to find exactly what you need, regardless of standards alignment.

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  • Hurricanes: A guide to teaching about hurricanes, including virtual field trips, lesson plans, and interactive websites.
  • National Weather Service - Raleigh: The Raleigh office of the National Weather Service offers tours to middle and high school student groups. The website provides local weather and hurricane data.
  • Damage from Hurricane Floyd: Billy Ray Hall, as President of the Rural Economic Development Center, coordinated North Carolina's cleanup and recovery efforts after Hurricane Floyd. In this excerpt from an oral history interview, Hall discusses the scope of the damage in eastern North Carolina. Floyd, he says, was as big a natural disaster as the United States has seen.

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The following resources and lesson plans have been provided by the University of North Carolina Libraries. To learn more about this topic, read the Hurricane Floyd story from UNC Libraries.

Lesson plans

Development and flooding: Is there a connection?
Grades 9–12 Science
In this lesson, students will take their knowledge about the hydrosphere and apply it to the issue of population growth and development. In particular, students will learn how increasing development in eastern North Carolina may have worsened the effects of flooding from Hurricane Floyd due to lack of soil and tree absorption of run-off. Students will create their own development plans for North Carolina in small groups, explaining how their plan will benefit North Carolina’s water resources and environment.
A survivor’s story: How does it really feel? by Kristin Post
Grades 9–12 English Language Arts
In this lesson plan, students will look at photographs of women and discuss their first impressions. After listening to an excerpt from an oral history, students will gain empathy for a flood survivor of 1999’s Hurricane Floyd. They will contrast their first impressions of the photographs with what they learned in the oral history. Students will write a personal reflection that demonstrates their understanding of how emotional experiences might contradict outward appearances.
Measuring the waters by Kristin Post
Grades 4-5 Mathematics
In this lesson plan, students will discuss and understand measurement of a single event and measurement over time. Students will learn how to use different tools for measurement, and decide which are better for long-term or short-term use. Using an excerpt from an oral history about measuring floodwaters during Hurricane Floyd in 1999, students will understand how humans devised ways of keeping measurements during that flood and earlier floods. Students will also graph the floodwaters from Hurricane Floyd and another flood.
Eyewitness to the Flood by Kristin Post
Grades 11-12 English Language Arts
This lesson looks at actions and reactions of those who have been affected by hurricanes and floods by contrasting what happens to Janie in Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God with personal accounts from North Carolinians who were flooded out of their homes by Hurricane Floyd in 1999. Students will compare and contrast the elements in these narratives, and discuss the common themes of how people respond to and reflect upon life-and-death situations.