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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.

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Aligned lesson plans

Plant power
Students will plant their own seeds in potting soil and measure plant growth. Before the students' plants are visible above the soil, students will explore the parts and functions of classroom plants and compare growth between the classroom plants. Using the weather channel website, students will predict whether the day's weather conditions are excellent, good, or poor for plant growth.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 Mathematics and Science)
By Rhonda Hathcock.
Jack-o-Light
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.
Is it living?
Students will identify living and nonliving things.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 English Language Arts and Science)
By Genita Powell.
Inside a baby seed
Students will identify the three main parts of a seed after the bean/seeds have been soaked in water overnight.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 Science)
By Thelma Pike.
How does your flower grow?
Students will develop science process skills by observing plants in various conditions and recording their observation over a period of time
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 Science)
By Bobbie Toler.
How do pumpkins grow?: Book project
This is an integrated science and language arts lesson plan. Students will create individual books that illustrate how pumpkins grow.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 Visual Arts Education, English Language Arts, and Science)
By Marty Britt.
Getting down & dirty with soils
In this lesson, we will explore different kinds of soil (humus, sand, clay). The students will plant seeds in the different soils as part of further exploration.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 English Language Arts and Science)
By Amy Rhyne, Paulette Keys, and Sarah Carson.
From seed to plant
This lesson will give students an opportunity to learn about seed parts, how a plant grows, and to compare plants.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 Science)
By Gretchen Barkowitz.
Family gardening in rural North Carolina
This lesson for grade one uses a series of activities related to plants and gardening to help students learn about gardening, plant life, families, and making healthy choices.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 Healthful Living, Science, and Social Studies)
By Penny Willard.
A'planting we will go
This lesson is based on the book, The Tiny Seed, by Eric Carle. This story will be used to introduce the students to the concept that seeds change and grow into plants when conditions in the environment including temperature, light, water and soil are appropriate. Students will learn that plants produce seeds that can become new plants. Through extended activities, the students will experience first-hand the germination of seeds. They will become familiar with the parts of a plant and learn how each part works to produce a healthy plant.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 English Language Arts, English Language Development, and Science)
By Karol Schriber.

Resources on the web

What Were Dinosaurs Like?
Activities and discussions in this lesson revolve around comparing and contrasting dinosaurs to existing animals. Students consider likenesses and differences through researching various questions and documenting their findings. (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade K–2 Science)
Provided by: American Association for the Advancement of Science
What plants need to grow
This Science NetLinks lesson is the second of a two-part series on where food comes from. In this lesson, students explore how to grow plants and learn what kinds of things promote growth (warmth, sunlight, water, soil). (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 Science)
Provided by: American Association for the Advancement of Science
What are manatees?
Students learn about manatees' behavioral characteristics and how manatees in captivity interact with people. (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade K–2 Science and Social Studies)
Provided by: National Geographic
Water, water, everywhere
Students identify water and land as examples of natural resources investigate sources of water and identify some ways in which humans make use of water as an economic resource. (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 1–2 Science and Social Studies)
Provided by: National Council on Economic Education
Sunflowers
In this lesson, from the ARTSEDGE curriculum unit “Scientific Impressions,” van Gogh's depiction of sunflowers is used as a means of focusing on the parts of a flower, growing sunflowers in the classroom, and developing students' artistic impressions... (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade K–2 Visual Arts Education and Science)
Provided by: The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Sharks: Should they be afraid of us?
Students learn some interesting facts about different kinds of sharks and discuss the reasons why people are both afraid of and interested in sharks. They consider sharks' importance in nature and create brochures to educate beach visitors about sharks. (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 and 4 Science)
Provided by: National Geographic
Investigating local ecosystems
The purpose of this lesson is to use Internet resources to investigate the habitats of local plants and animals. Students explore some of the ways animals depend on plants and each other. In order to learn about the living environment, young children should... (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 Science)
Provided by: Science Netlinks
How does my garden grow? Writing in science field journals
Students learn about their environment in this lesson that challenges them to plan, plant, and observe the changes in a class gardening project. Once the teacher has completed a read-aloud of a book about a garden, students brainstorm terms and information... (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 1–2 English Language Arts and Science)
Provided by: ReadWriteThink
Forest features
Students concentrate on the tropical rain forest and learn about explorer Michael Fay's Congo Trek through the African rain forest. (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 1–2 Science and Social Studies)
Provided by: National Geographic
Elementary ecosystems
Students are introduced to the basics of species interdependency within an ecosystem. They perform a simple simulation to see how one species can affect many others. (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 Science)
Provided by: National Geographic