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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

Turtles are terrific
This lesson will engage the students in the study of turtle attributes and their habitats. The lesson will integrate science, math, language arts and computer/technology curriculums.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 Science)
Snakes are cool
This lesson begins with a reading of Verdi by Janell Cannon. It integrates science with language arts as the students learn about snakes and write about their findings.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 English Language Arts and Science)
By Marcia Reich.
Habitat — what's that?
This lesson helps students define the word habitat and understand the basic elements that make up an animal's habitat.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 Science)
By Kelly Stewart.
Bugs, bugs, bugs
This lesson integrates writing and the study of insects by having the students create a book following the pattern of How Many Bugs in a Box? by David A. Carter.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 Computer/Technology Skills, English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science)
By Vicki Rivenbark.

Resources on the web

Who sees the seas as important?
In this Xpeditions lesson, students learn about some people who think the ocean is so important that they have devoted their lives to studying it and its inhabitants. (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 Science)
Provided by: National Geographic
Where does food come from?
This Science NetLinks lesson is the first of a two-part series on where food comes from. In this lesson, students learn that most of the food they buy in stores originally comes from farms. (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 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
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
Hatching chickens
This lesson is intended to help students realize that they can learn a lot about animals through close observation. (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade K–2 Science)
Provided by: American Association for the Advancement of Science
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
Designing a native plants garden
Students compare native vegetation in different parts of the United States. (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade K–2 Science and Social Studies)
Provided by: National Geographic
Crane cam!
Students learn about cranes and their migratory patterns, including the ways in which they use the land area in and around a sanctuary. Students discuss the importance of preserving habitats like these for a variety of animals. (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade K–2 Science)
Provided by: National Geographic
The Chesapeake Bay Watershed: A timeline of change, a model for change
In this Xpeditions lesson, students conduct research on the Chesapeake Bay, from Captain John Smith's explorations of Native American settlements in the early seventeenth century to the present, and examine how these changes over time can help people better... (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 Science and Social Studies)
Provided by: National Geographic
Barbaloot suits: Preserving biodiversity
Students learn about how and why National Geographic Emerging Explorer Mark Olson studies plants. (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 1–2 Science and Social Studies)
Provided by: National Geographic