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


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Investigating surface area
This is a hands on lesson best used to introduce geometry students to 3-dimensional figures. Students will have the opportunity to draw 3-dimensionally and create collapsible figures which can be used to develop the standard surface area formulas.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–7 Mathematics)
By Jennifer Bronzini.
Marketing careers: Working with scale drawings
In CareerStart lessons: Grade six, page 2.6
This activity for grade six combines math, art, and writing, as students create a scale drawing of a toy car and reflect on how math can be used in marketing careers.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–7 Mathematics)
By Kim Abrams, Mike McDowell, and Barbara Strange.
Does your house measure up?
This lesson is intended to be used as a final assessment of a student's understanding of an inch, foot, and yard. It will also assess their ability to use a yardstick, follow written directions, and work with a partner to draw a house on the school blacktop as part of a class neighborhood.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3 Mathematics)
By Cathy Searcey.
Inclusion in the 21st-century classroom: Differentiating with technology
In Reaching every learner: Differentiating instruction in theory and practice, page 7
While most teachers recognize the need to differentiate instruction, many face barriers in implementation. These barriers include lack of time to prepare lessons, the need to cover a wide range of content in a small amount of time, and extensive classroom management needs. This article advocates for using technology as a means to overcome some of these barriers.
Format: article/best practice
By Bobby Hobgood, Ed.D. and Lauren Ormsby.

Model of learning developed by Marzano et al (1988) that links content area knowledge, metacognition, and critical and creative thinking with a taxonomy of thinking skills and thinking processes.

See also North Carolina thinking skills.

Additional information

The Dimensions of Learning model is the basis of the North Carolina thinking skills used by NCDPI.

This model also includes a hierarchy of thinking skills similar to Bloom’s Taxonomy: focusing, information gathering, remembering, organizing, analyzing, generating, integrating, and evaluating. See this chart for a comparison of various models of thinking skills.

Examples and resources

See LEARN NC’s article, North Carolina Thinking Skills: An introduction, for an explanation of the five dimensions in the model of thinking skills that are used to classify questions for the North Carolina’s assessment tests.