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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Imagination Station
Slither and slide, hop and bop, run and jump, explore and discover Imagination Station where Science rocks and kids rule!
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Food choice in our everyday lives
This lesson focuses on everyday foods and how these foods relate to the food pyramid. Students will recognize food vocabulary in the target language (Spanish) and will make healthy food choices by creating thinking maps, a school menu in the target language, and exploring food choices from around the world.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–5 Healthful Living and Second Languages)
By Gina Benson and Laura Epting.
A perspective on inquiry
In this interview, Norman Budnitz, cofounder of the Center for Inquiry Based Learning, talks about inquiry and how to teach with it in a K–12 classroom.
Format: article/best practice
By Waverly Harrell.
Incorporating oral history into the K–12 curriculum
In Oral history in the classroom, page 3
Oral history techniques for use with students at all levels, from kindergarten through high school.
Format: article
By Kathryn Walbert.
Heaven or Groundhog Day?
This unit is designed to appeal to adolescents with its non-print text base, the movie Groundhog Day. The pre-viewing activities prepare students for the allusions in the movie and include cultural literacy. The teacher can pick and choose from the activities to apply the concept of personal growth. The teacher may select from activities for science, workplace ethics, music, computer competency, and English language arts. The teacher may modify any of the attachments to suit the students' needs and interests.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By David Melton and Julia Millush.

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Learning objectives that form the basis for expected student understanding. Competency goals drive curriculum and instruction and describe the core of knowledge and skills students will command upon completion of a unit of study or grade level.

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The North Carolina Standard Course of Study details competency goals for grade levels and subject areas.