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.

Implementing the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics in Grades K-5
In this webinar, Dr. Kay Ringer, Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education at Eastern Carolina University, shares resources and strategies for understanding, implementing, and communicating with administrators and parents about the Common Core Math Standards.
Format: video
By Kay Middleton.
The clinical interview
In Problem centered math, page 1.1
Before you can help your students develop their own mathematical understanding, it's important to understand how they already think about math. Do they have a strong number sense, or do they rely on memorized procedures,...
By David Walbert.
Student presentations in the problem-centered classroom
In Problem centered math, page 2.2
The video clip below shows students presenting their solutions to a math problem. The students worked on the problem in pairs, and several pairs of students used different methods to reach different results. A discussion results among the students as to the...
By Grayson Wheatley.
Law enforcement careers: Working with decimals
In CareerStart lessons: Grade six, page 2.1
In this lesson for grade 6, students will perform basic math operations with decimals and will understand how math is used in law enforcement careers.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6 Guidance and Mathematics)
By Kim Abrams, Mike McDowell, and Barbara Strange.
Learning progressions
In Math Common Core resources, page 1.2
In describing the development of the standards, William McCallum, Math Team Coordinator for the Standards, says: The Common Core State Standards in mathematics were built on progressions: narrative documents describing the progression of a topic...
Format: bibliography
By Kay Middleton.
Quick Draw
In Problem centered math, page 2.3
An engaging math activity that helps students develop and talk about spatial reasoning.
Format: activity
By Grayson Wheatley.
Measuring turbidity
In this video, Christine Muth of the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics demonstrates how to measure turbidity, the lack of clarity of a sample of water.
Format: video/demonstration
Mathematical practices
In Math Common Core resources, page 1.1
The Standards for Mathematical Practice describe ways in which developing student practitioners of the discipline of mathematics increasingly ought to engage with the subject matter as they grow in mathematical maturity and expertise throughout...
Format: bibliography
By Kay Middleton.
Differentiation with real-world perspectives
Using classroom footage and teacher interviews, this video explores the practice of creating assignments based on real-world perspectives. Teachers from elementary, middle, and high school discuss how a variety of populations can benefit from this approach,...
Format: video/video
Lesson plans on the web
In Philosophy resources for educators, page 2.3
This page provides links to a variety of philosophical lesson plans for elementary teachers.
Format: bibliography
Professional development
In Math Common Core resources, page 2.1
Resources Teaching Channel — Common Core State Standards for Math This video from Teaching Channel is an introduction to the Common Core...
Format: bibliography
By Kay Middleton.
Measuring pH
In this video, Christine Muth of the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics demonstrates how to measure pH of a water sample using two types of pH paper.
Format: video/demonstration
Fun with division
Students will learn division concepts through the use of The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins and a poem entitled "Dividing up Bugs." Students will be involved in hands on activities in order to gain an understanding of division. This lesson plan integrates communication skills, math, and technology.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3 English Language Arts and Mathematics)
By Grace Blythe.
Common Core State Standards for Mathematics Webinar
Many teachers struggle with the transition to the Common Core standards. In this webinar, Dr. Kay Ringer, Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education at Eastern Carolina University, shares resources and strategies for understanding, implementing, and communicating...
Format: video/video
Origami geometry
Students apply their knowledge of geometric terms to follow directions while folding an origami sculpture. Students then solve math problems which relate to the project with follow-up discussions about the project relating to geometric terms such as symmetry, faces, edges, square, triangle, plane, etc.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–5 Mathematics)
By Cherl Hollada, Libby Morrison, Michelle Kaczynski, and Susan Pope.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
The learner will be doing curriculum integrated activities using Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–2 English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science)
By Shannon Zerniak.
How does tiering benefit students?
In this video, three teachers from Raleigh’s Baileywick Road Elementary School discuss how creating tiered assignments has benefited their students. Includes classroom footage. This video is one in a four-part series about tiering. The other videos include:...
Format: video/video
The “who cares” approach: Long-term benefits
Using classroom footage and teacher interviews, this video addresses the long-term benefits to students of using assignments based on real-world perspectives. Teachers from elementary, middle, and high school share observations and success stories. This video...
Format: video/video
Using technology to differentiate by content
Classroom footage and interviews with educators illustrate a variety of ways to differentiate by content using technology. This video is one in a five-part series about integrating technology into differentiated instruction. The other videos include: ...
Format: video/video
Little and big houses
Using the book Little House on the Prairie and international keypals, students will learn about similarities and differences among children at different times and in different places.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3 English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Social Studies)
By Karen Ester.