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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BBB Schools - Science Clips
Thirty-six science topics for students age 5-11 are explored through interactive activities and quizzes. (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: BBC Schools
The Beginner's Guide to Aeronautics
Get a better understanding of aeronautics and how aircraft work through a series of beginner guides to aerodynamics, propulsion, and the math and physics needed to make other flying objects work. (Learn more)
Format: website/activity
Provided by: NASA
Brain Pop Free Movies
Free animated movies explaining hiccups, hurricanes, the Harlem Renaissance and more. (Learn more)
Format: website/activity
Provided by: Brain Pop
The Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education
A New Jersey-based organization whose mission is to provide "real world" resources for classroom education in engineering and science. Professional Development opportunities in New Jersey available. (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: Stevens Institute of Technology
Find articles on a variety of science topics such as archaeology, agriculture, education, atmospheric science, chemistry and physics, and earth science. (Learn more)
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Provided by: American Association for the Advancement of Science
Exploratorium — the museum of science, art and human perception
Interactive, multimedia online exhibits that incorporate hands-on activities, audio, video, images, webcasts, and more that will teach you and your students about such topics as satellites, astronomy, Earth, machines, biology, languages, the human body, and... (Learn more)
Format: website/activity
Provided by: The Exploratorium
Franklin Institute Educational Hotlists
Organized lists of quality Web resources that are useful in teaching students about science. (Learn more)
Format: website/activity
Provided by: Franklin Institute
Franklin Institute Science Museum
For over 176 years, The Franklin Institute has been as much a part of the Philadelphia landscape as the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. This is the on-line version of the museum. (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: The Franklin Institute Science Museum
From Stargazers to Starships
An online course book on astronomy, physics, space and related mathematics. It also contains non-mathematical courses on the magnetism of Earth and of space around it. (Learn more)
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Provided by: David P. Stern
Interactives: Annenberg Media
This site provides a number of interactive learning modules for students in the curriculum areas of math, language, history, science, and art. (Learn more)
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Provided by: Annenberg Media
NASA eClips
Looking for videos that address STEM topics for the classroom but you don't want them to take up too much class time? NASA has created short videos or eClips for K-12 students that answer that need. Just look for the appropriate grade level... (Learn more)
Format: website
Provided by: NASA
NASA's Quest Project
NasaQuest includes chat and webcast sessions to put students in touch with the current efforts in space science. NASA Quest is an excellent site for teachers and media specialists working to integrate information and technology skills into their curriculum.... (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: NASA
Newton BBS
Ask a scientist a question or browse the answers to previously answered questions in categories such as astronomy, biology, botany, chemistry, mathematics, and zoology. (Learn more)
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Provided by: Argonne National Laboratory
NOVA scienceNOW
The timeliest developments and most intriguing personalities in science and technology are featured in this science magazine televised in five issues a year and published on this companion website. (Learn more)
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Provided by: NOVA
Putting It All Together - Fermilab's Teacher Resource Center
A collection of K-12 instructional materials dealing with physics, the history of the Universe, and the flora and fauna of the Fermilab prairie. (Learn more)
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Provided by: National Accelerator Laboratory, Fermi Education Lab
Science Vocabulary Hangman
This addictive game takes on a new life on the Internet. Choose from dozens of thematic lists in math, genetics, astronomy, the scientific process, atoms, chemistry, the elements, meteorology, oceanography, state capitals, and more. Teachers can create their... (Learn more)
Format: website/activity
Provided by: Jefferson Lab
Scientific American.com
Find articles and images describing current events in cutting edge and popular science. (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: Scientific American, Inc.
Thinking Fountain
Science activities for children with step-by-step directions, photos, and mind maps. Ideas are grouped by theme, available alphabetically, and searchable on the site. (Learn more)
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Provided by: Science Museum of Minnesota
WISE - Web-based Inquiry Science Environment
This is a consortium funded by the National Science Foundation. The consortium works to build and maintain classroom activities and lesson plans that increase students' interest in science education. (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: University of California at Berkeley