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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Partes del cuerpo (Parts of the body)
Students learn Spanish vocabulary for parts of the body.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Second Languages)
By Teresa Payne.
Spanish and Hispanic English in North Carolina
In this lesson, students will listen to audio recordings and view a video clip in order to gain an understanding of the Hispanic English dialect.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Hannah Askin.
Opening an Hispanic restaurant
This lesson focuses on vocabulary and currency associated with food, restaurants, and menus. Students conduct research to create an authentic menu with a companion recipe books. The lesson culminates in short presentations and food samples.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Second Languages)
By Susan Canipe.
Prepositional phrases showing location
Students will learn the Spanish words for several prepositional phrases that show location. This lesson also reviews previous vocabulary.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–2 Second Languages)
By Stephanie Watson.
Teaching the body parts in Spanish
The students will be able to recognize and recall the body parts in Spanish.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–5 Second Languages)
By Ana Beltran.
Names of farm animals and sounds they make
The teacher will introduce nine animal names and the sounds they make in Spanish. Students will become familiar with the animal names and will begin some language production.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–2 Second Languages)
By Tolitha Prybylinski.
Adjectives: Hero versus Villain
Students will compare and contrast a hero and a villain through a variety of oral and written activities.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Second Languages)
By Rebecca Watkins.
Ya sé lo que hiciste el verano pasado! Using the preterite indicative tense
This lesson focuses on the uses of the preterite indicative tense and vocabulary related to travel. The students will read various selections that demonstrate the use of the preterite tense and draw pictures to illustrate their understanding. Students will demonstrate their understanding by creating a time line of their life history and sharing it with the class. The lesson culminates with students writing a composition entitled “I know what you did last summer” and presenting it to the class in the target language.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Second Languages)
By Carolina Thomson and Ronda Hatcher.
Pumpkin punctuation
Students will identify different end punctuation marks that are used in a book they read and then use those punctuation marks in sentences they write.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 English Language Arts)
By Sherry Harris.
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.
De Soto in America
In Two worlds: Educator's guide, page 3.4
In this lesson for grades 5-8, students will evaluate the effectiveness of the De Soto expedition through the interior of the southeastern United States in the years 1539-1543. They will examine the impact of that trip on the Native Americans. Students will engage in historical empathy as they put themselves in the place of the Native Americans and the Spanish soldiers who encountered them on the expedition.
Format: lesson plan
By Pauline S. Johnson.
"Un viaje inolvidable" (Gouin series booklet)
Students will create a 12-page booklet about a real or imaginary plane trip (within or beyond the United States). The twelve pages include a title page, 10 pages (each with one sentence using a verb or various verbs in the preterit tense) and an ending page. Students share the processes involved in preparing to travel by plane, as well as activities enjoyed during the trip itself and at the destination.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Second Languages)
By Mary Thomas.
Around the world in one semester!
This lesson is a semester-long project that focuses on countries that speak the target language. Students will research a chosen country and do an oral presentation for the class. They will then research and present a current event weekly for the remainder of the semester.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Second Languages)
By Crystal Humphrey and Michelle Chrismon.
Diseases throughout human history
Students will trace the historical impact of disease on humankind and research key events in the history of disease.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Science and Social Studies)
By Greg Mitchell.
Reading guide: Spain and America
In Two worlds: Educator's guide, page 3.2
These terms and questions will guide students as they read "Spain and America: From Reconquest to Conquest." Filling in the chronological list of dates will enable students to understand the order in which events unfolded in Spain and in America, and answering the questions will encourage students to think critically about the readings in the chapter.
Format: /lesson plan (grade 8–12 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Educator's guide: Spain and America
In Two worlds: Educator's guide, page 3.1
The article "Spain and America: From Reconquest to Conquest" introduces a lot of information and a number of issues that may be new to students. These suggestions will help you use the article in a way that best fits the needs of your class.
Format: /lesson plan (grade 8–12 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Animal adjectives
Students will describe animals as they review nouns and verbs associated with these animals. They will learn to use adjectives as they describe the animals. They will use this knowledge to write their stories about animals.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1–2 English Language Arts and English Language Development)
By Anita Baldwin, Ann Loftis, and Genevieve Kiser.
Shared reading with Soñar un Crimen
This lesson focuses on basic pronunciation and comprehension skills while reading the first chapter of the mystery Soñar un crimen by Rosana Acquaroni Muñoz. Students will also practice the use of interrogatives. As an end result, students will produce crossword puzzle clues that review key elements of the first chapter.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Second Languages)
By Rachel Casady.
Cultural Symbolism and Themes of The Old Man and the Sea
Students will be able to recognize themes and cultural symbols in the novel. The novel's setting and Spanish cultural aspect will appeal to a large number of Hispanic background students.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 English Language Development)
By Sandra Hurd and Wilma Gale.