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K–12 teaching and learning · from the UNC School of Education

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We’re in the process of aligning our content for students to the Standard Course of Study. As we do, you’ll find it here.

General resources

Aligned lesson plans

Traveling through Africa
Students will plan a one-week, three country trip through Africa and create a travelogue of places they will visit. The students will create an electronic scrapbook of highlights of the trip (including cultural highlights, historical points of interest, geographic features, etc.)
Format: lesson plan (grade 7 Social Studies)
By Ren Bryan.

Resources on the web

What makes a group?
Students will review the different groups in “A Patchwork of Ethnic Minorities,” one of the inset maps, and examine different ways that people can be organized into groups. (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 7 Social Studies)
Provided by: National Geographic
What is Asia?
This Xpeditions lesson introduces students to diversity in Asia. After considering what is meant by the term "Asia," students identify the various regions in Asia and consider factors for determining what is considered a "region". (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 7 Social Studies)
Provided by: National Geographic
The travels of Ibn Battuta
In this Xpeditions lesson, students work in groups to research the different areas that the 14th-century Islamic traveler Ibn Battuta visited. (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 7 Social Studies)
Provided by: National Geographic
The shape of things to come
In this Xpeditions lesson, students explore the shapes of countries around the world. (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–7 Social Studies)
Provided by: National Geographic
Religion and belief systems in Asia
In this Xpeditions lesson, students conduct an in-depth review of one of the major world religions by focusing on its origins, beliefs, and history. They then explore reasons for the spread or decline in Asia of each of the major world religions. (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 7 Social Studies)
Provided by: National Geographic
Oil and water in the Middle East region
In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students explore the roles of oil and water in the Middle East, especially in Iraq. Students use maps to look at the distribution of oil in the Middle East and discuss what it means for the different countries in the region. (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 7 Social Studies)
Provided by: National Geographic
Mapping the past
Students gain experience in working with historical maps as cultural artifacts that reflect the views of particular times and places. (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 7–8 Social Studies)
Provided by: National Endowment for the Humanities
Living through a drought
In this Xpeditions lesson, students practice map-reading skills. Using a drought map of Afghanistan, students learn how to recognize drought, where drought can occur, and how drought affects the people who live in those places. (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 7 Science and Social Studies)
Provided by: National Geographic
Lions and people: Keeping the balance
In this Xpeditions lesson, students read an article about the conflicts between lions and people. They focus on an area of Kenya outside of the national park system that is being managed and studied in an attempt to maintain a healthy lion population. (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 7 Science and Social Studies)
Provided by: National Geographic
Kings of the Kalahari
In this Xpeditions lesson, students study the defining characteristics of deserts and apply this knowledge to a study of the Kalahari Desert. (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 7 Science and Social Studies)
Provided by: National Geographic
Investigating central Asia through maps
In this Xpeditions lesson, students use physical, political, and thematic maps to investigate the geography of Central Asia through a scavenger hunt. (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 7 Social Studies)
Provided by: National Geographic
Interpreting the evidence
This lesson, the second of a two-part series from Science NetLinks, offers useful information and activities to help students understand how scientists learn about civilizations that have disappeared. (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 Science and Social Studies)
Provided by: American Association for the Advancement of Science
Interpreting population statistics
In this lesson from the National Geographic Xpeditions website, students are introduced to population statistics such as birth, death, and literacy rates. They compare these indicators for several countries, graph the results, and hypothesize what their... (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 Mathematics and Social Studies)
Provided by: Xpeditions
Famous boundaries
Students label boundaries (between states or countries) on a map and then think about the boundaries they are familiar with near their homes. (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–7 Social Studies)
Provided by: National Geographic
Cities in Asia
In this Xpeditions lesson, students identify the characteristics of cities and analyze the influence of geography on patterns of urban settlement. They explore the role geography plays in the types of cities that develop. (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 7 Social Studies)
Provided by: National Geographic
Assessing political boundaries
In this Xpeditions lesson, students are introduced to the changing nature of political boundaries in Asia. (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 7 Social Studies)
Provided by: National Geographic
The Aral Sea: Then and now
Students consider what happens when a sea shrinks and to compare pictures of the Aral Sea at different times. (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 7 Social Studies)
Provided by: National Geographic
Animals of the nomads
In this Xpeditions lesson, students learn about nomadic pastoralism by examining the roles of animals and the relationship between available natural resources and nomadic life in Central Asian societies. (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 7 Social Studies)
Provided by: National Geographic
Africa's struggle with AIDS
In this Xpeditions lesson, students come to understand the enormity of the impact of AIDS on the population of Africa by comparing its effect there with its effect on the population of the world in general, and especially on that of the United States. (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 7 Social Studies)
Provided by: National Geographic