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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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Reading questions: Learning in colonial Carolina
This set of questions was designed to accompany an article about education in colonial North Carolina.
Format: /lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Expand and contract
In Design technology: Children's engineering, page 2.4
In this lesson, students will learn that heat causes most substances to expand and become less dense. They will measure the circumference of a balloon, then heat it, and measure the circumference again.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6 Science)
By Erin Denniston.
Understanding work in colonial Carolina
This lesson plan explores two forms of labor in colonial Carolina — indentured servitude and apprenticeships. Students learn about these forms of labor by reading and analyzing primary and secondary sources.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Marshmallow catapults
In Design technology: Children's engineering, page 1.4
Students will work in design teams competing for a contract to produce a marshmallow catapult for Target. Catapults will be assessed based on cost, performance, and appearance.
Format: lesson plan (grade 5 Mathematics and Science)
By Erin Denniston.
Baseball fun: Percentages, decimals, and fractions
Students will learn the concepts behind fractions, decimals, and percents by using sports statistics found on baseball cards.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 Mathematics)
By Adrian Bustle.

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An agreement between a teacher and a student regarding how that student will achieve specified learning goals or objectives.

Additional information

Learning contracts can cover a variety of items, including:

  • Identifying the learning goal or objective.
  • How the student will meet the objective.
  • Schedule for completing the objective.
  • How student will assess his or her own learning.
  • How teacher will assess the student’s learning.

The learning contract is not meant to be “etched in stone,” but open for revision to meet the needs of the student.

Examples and resources

The Teaching and Learning website provides information on learning contracts and includes a sample contract form.