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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The Adventures of Rama
The Ramayana, the famous Hindu epic, is retold here in words and illustrations by “The Golden Eagles,” Loretta Hopper's Grade 2 class from Ephesus Elementary in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Format: slideshow (multiple pages)
Antebellum homes and plantations
A tour of some of North Carolina's historic houses and farms — big and small, rich and poor — from before the Civil War.
Format: slideshow (multiple pages)
Army ants of the Amazon
This slideshow is used with the lesson "The amazing army ant of the Amazon Rain Forest."
Format: document/slideshow
Biltmore Estate
Photographs of Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina.
Format: slideshow (multiple pages)
A blackwater river from sea to source: The White Oak River transect
A “virtual field trip” up the White Oak River in southeastern North Carolina, with discussion of how local ecology changes along the way due to decreasing salinity.
Format: slideshow (multiple pages)
Cape Fear estuaries: From river to sea
A “virtual field trip” down the estuaries of the Cape Fear River from zero salinity to the ocean, with discussion of how local ecology changes along the way.
Format: slideshow (multiple pages)
Changes in agriculture
In Postwar North Carolina, page 2.4
In North Carolina History: A Sampler, page 6.4
A series of maps based on U.S. Census of Agriculture data show changes in North Carolina's agriculture over time.
Format: slideshow
Child labor in North Carolina's textile mills
The photographs of Lewis Hine show the lives and work of children in North Carolina's textile mill villages in the first decades of the twentieth century.
Format: slideshow (multiple pages)
Clays of the Piedmont: Origins, recovery, and use
A “virtual field trip” through the North Carolina Piedmont and thousands of years of history explains the origin of Piedmont clays and how clay is made into pottery. With high-resolution photographs.
Format: slideshow (multiple pages)
Contemporary life in Vietnam
Photographs and text describe contemporary life in Vietnam and the impact of economic and social reforms since the 1980s.
Format: slideshow (multiple pages)
Days of the Dead (Powerpoint presentation)
Photographs and text explain the history, traditions, and modern celebrations of the Days of the Dead in Mexico.
Format: document/slideshow
East from India: Cambodia and Southern Vietnam
Photographs and text tell the story of the Cham and Khmer cultures of southern Vietnam and Cambodia, including a look at Angkor Wat and other great temples and cities.
Format: slideshow (multiple pages)
Elevations and forest types along the Blue Ridge Parkway
A Carolina Environmental Diversity Explorations “virtual field trip” that explores the great diversity of forests in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains.
Format: slideshow (multiple pages)
Evidence of rising sea level: Coastal erosion and plant community changes
A Carolina Environmental Diversity Explorations “virtual field trip” that examines the causes and effects of changes in sea level, both short-term (as a result of storms) and long-term (as a result of climate change).
Format: slideshow (multiple pages)
Excavating Occaneechi Town: An archaeology primer
Republished with permission from the Research Laboratories of Archaeology, the Archaeology Primer uses photographs of the excavations at Occaneechi Town to introduce fundamental concepts of archaeology. The primer provides an introduction to the methods of archaeology and to some common types of artifacts, and prepares students to participate in an electronic archaeological dig.
Format: slideshow (multiple pages)
Forests and fires: The longleaf pine savanna
This Carolina Environmental Diversity Explorations “virtual field trip” examines the role of fire in maintaining the longleaf pine savanna as well as other rare plant communities found in Camp Lejune, North Carolina.
Format: slideshow (multiple pages)
French colonization and Vietnam wars
Photographs and text tell the story of Vietnam under French colonial rule, its experience during twentieth-century wars with France and the United States, and its recent liberalization.
Format: slideshow (multiple pages)
Hurricanes on sandy shorelines: Lessons for development
A Carolina Environmental Diversity Explorations “virtual field trip” that examines the sand sharing system of sedimentary coastlines and the impact of hurricanes on those coastlines and on human development.
Format: slideshow (multiple pages)
Jocassee Gorges: Temperate rain forests of the Blue Ridge
A Carolina Environmental Diversity Explorations “virtual field trip” that explores the geology and botanical diversity of the Jocassee Gorges region of North Carolina's mountains.
Format: slideshow (multiple pages)
Journey to the top of the world: Climbing Mount Everest
This slideshow tells the story of a North Carolina adventurer's ascent of Mount Everest in photos, video, and text, including excerpts from his journal.
Format: slideshow (multiple pages)