K-12 Teaching and Learning From the UNC School of Education


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Birds by inquiry
Students will make observations of bird pictures to note the similarities and differences in one animal group. They will note especially the beaks, feet, wings and feathers of different types of birds. The life cycle of birds will be explored.
Format: lesson plan (grade K English Language Arts and Science)
By Anne Allen.
Digital literature
Electronic books offer numerous benefits: They're usually searchable, they can be made instantly accessible to the visually impaired, they're often free, and, perhaps best of all, they're accessible right now. This list compiles some of the best sources for finding great works of literature on the Web.
Format: bibliography/help
Features of print
In this lesson, the teacher introduces the concept of gathering information from chapter headings, bold type and other organizational features of print (such as tables of contents) in non-fiction texts in print and online.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1–2 English Language Arts and Information Skills)
By Gail Goodling, Susan Lovett, and Sue Versenyi.
Highland Pines Inn (postcard)
Highland Pines Inn (postcard)
View of an inn flying an American flag, and a few people on horseback. Caption reads "Highland Pines Inn, Southern Pines, N.C."
Format: image/ephemera
How do I look to you?
In this lesson, students will evaluate public service posters and a grooming pamphlet to determine if and how propaganda was used to improve the health of children, and define acceptable appearances for young women in the 1930s.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 English Language Arts)
By Loretta Wilson.
Image Analysis of the Bijou Theatre in the early 1900s
In this lesson, students will use postcards and photographs from the Going to the Show digital collection that highlight the moviegoing experience in the early 1900s to expand their critical thinking and visual literacy skills, gain experience analyzing comparable visual images of the same subject, and consider motivations for different visual image constructs.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Lisa Speaker.
Johnston County Heritage Center
Learn about the history of Johnston County at this Heritage Center which houses interpretive exhibits and primary source documents.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Landform adventure
This lesson will enable students to learn the types of landforms and bodies of water. Then they will use geographic terms to describe landforms and bodies of water in Mexico. Activities in this lesson can be taught during a period of 2-3 days.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2–3 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Beth Edmonds.
Loray Cotton Mill
Loray Cotton Mill
Caption reads "Gastonia, N.C. Loray Cotton Mill (57,000 Spindles)."
Format: image/illustration
North Carolina
“Tarheels”, “the Old North State”, “the Land of the Longleaf Pine”, all mean North Carolina. Here you will find a sampling of instructional resources to teach your students about the history, people and places, government, and economy of the state you live in - North Carolina!
Format: bibliography/help
Observing connections: Art, poetry and the environment (Lesson 1)
Students will explore the poem of Pat Lowery Collins, “I Am An Artist” and create their own poem from what they see and experience. They will then illustrate their poems with a visual design. This is the first lesson in a series of three in which students are creating art based on their observations: Observing Connections —Art, Poetry, and the Environment (Lesson 1); Observing Connections—Changing Landscapes (Lesson 2); Observing Connections—North Carolina Pottery and Face Jugs (Lesson 3)
Format: lesson plan (grade 4–5 Visual Arts Education and English Language Arts)
By Lisa Mitchell.
Planning a successful (and educational) field trip
The world can be your classroom -- but ensuring that your field trip is a productive learning experience for students takes planning. This article helps you prepare your students, yourself, and others for a successful field trip.
Format: article
By Bobby Hobgood, Ed.D. and Lesley Richardson.
Postcard showing the State Normal and Industrial College, Greensboro, N.C.
Postcard showing the  State Normal and Industrial College, Greensboro, N.C.
This postcard from a student at the State Normal and Industrial College (now the University of North Carolina at Greensboro) reads: Shall write as soon as I have time. Have not heard from examinations yet -- am well and hungry -- Mary...
Format: image/ephemera
Postcards of the past
Students will participate in Heritage Day activities that will enhance students' awareness of their heritage. They will take digital pictures of activities to include on a web page and research and report on information gathered. Students will create a web page to present their information.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3 English Language Arts, Information Skills, and Social Studies)
By Karol Leaptrott, Rebecca Watt, and Regina Welsted.
Selling North Carolina, one image at a time
In Postwar North Carolina, page 2.9
By selling tourists the image of a state ready to entertain, enthrall, and serve, North Carolina public and private tourism promoters like Hugh Morton established the industry as one the state’s most important.
Format: essay
By Richard Starnes.
Teaching with disturbing images
Photographs are especially powerful tools for explaining current and historical events — not least horrible or brutal events, such as war, genocide, famine, terrorism, slavery, and lynching. In fact, photographs are often used specifically to raise an...
By David Walbert.
The five themes of me
Students will demonstrate their understanding of the five themes of geography through literature-based integrated activities to spotlight how they are represented in each. They will also work on language/writing skills and computer competencies while enjoying a little art along the way!
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–4 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Catherine Hazelton.
The Wilmington Record editorial
In North Carolina in the New South, page 8.1
Editorial by Alex Manly in the Wilmington (North Carolina) Record, an African American newspaper, 1898, that fueled the white anger against blacks that led to the Wilmington Race Riot. Includes historical commentary.
Format: newspaper/primary source
White Oak Cotton Mills (postcard)
White Oak Cotton Mills (postcard)
Postcard shows the White Oak Cotton Mills (a division of Greensboro-based Cone Mills) and several houses in the mill village. A river runs between the mill and the village.
Format: image/ephemera
Wish you were here!
Students apply their knowledge of vocabulary and writing skills along with art skills to create a postcard.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3 English Language Arts and English Language Development)
By Maggie Harder.