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


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Exploring colors
The learner will develop the ability to use science process skills through exploration with primary colors.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Visual Arts Education)
By Kristin Gray.
Measuring total dissolved solids
In this video, Christine Muth of the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics demonstrates how to measure the total dissolved solids of a water sample using a Vernier conductivity probe.
Format: video/demonstration
We use pumpkins to demonstrate that fire needs air to burn. This goes really well with Fire Safety Week and our pumpkin unit. Also, we 'guesstimate' how many pumpkin seeds are in the pumpkin. We roast them afterwards by following a recipe. You can also create a Kids Pix picture of pumpkins.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 Healthful Living, Mathematics, and Science)
By Michele Tipton.
Measuring dissolved oxygen
In this video, Christine Muth of the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics demonstrates how to measure the level of dissolved oxygen in a water sample using a LaMotte test kit.
Format: video/demonstration
Twisters in a jar
The class will discuss the motion, causes and effects of a tornado. The student will also be able to name the safety steps one should take when a tornado occurs.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 Science)
By Andrea Allen.

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DEAR is classroom time set aside for teachers and students to Drop Everything and Read. The goal of DEAR is to encourage independent silent reading for extended periods of time on a daily or weekly basis. Students choose the book they wish to read based on interest and ability.

See also sustained silent reading.

Additional information

Guidelines for DEAR focus on protecting it as a sacred classroom time to encourage independent reading. It is not sacrificed to other tasks nor used as a filler activity if other lessons finish early. It is not a graded activity, although students may be encouraged to share recommendations or evaluations of books with their peers.

Students should bring books from home or select books before DEAR time begins. Recommendations for a time frame suggest beginning with five minutes for younger students and fifteen minutes for older students, increasing the time allowance as the academic year progresses.

Examples and resources

See Alta Allen’s article "Real-World Approaches to Reading" for further explanation of DEAR and suggestions for incorporating it and related strategies into the elementary classroom. In addition, see Read.Write.Think for a lesson plan using DEAR in the classroom.