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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Bronze plaque honoring Elisha Mitchell
Bronze plaque honoring Elisha Mitchell
Plaque honoring Elisha Mitchell, for whom Mt. Mitchell in North Carolina is named. Elisha Mitchell measured the height of the mountain — the highest point east of the Mississippi River — in 1835. A 12-foot tall bronze monument was placed on the...
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Elisha Mitchell
Elisha Mitchell
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Summit Observation Deck on Mount Mitchell
Summit Observation Deck on Mount Mitchell
This is the Summit Observation Deck on Mount Mitchell. Mount Mitchell is the highest peak in eastern North America, towering at 6,684 feet. It is named after Elisha Mitchell, a University of North Carolina professor who returned to the mountain in 1857 to...
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Moss on Mount Mitchell in Yancey County
Moss on Mount Mitchell in Yancey County
This is a close-up of seedlings growing in a lush mound of moss on Mount Mitchell. Mount Mitchell is the highest peak in eastern North America, towering at 6,684 feet. It is named after Elisha Mitchell, a University of North Carolina professor who returned...
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View from Mount Mitchell
View from Mount Mitchell
This is the view from Mount Mitchell in Yancey County, North Carolina. Mount Mitchell is the highest peak in eastern North America, towering at 6,684 feet. It is named after Elisha Mitchell, a University of North Carolina professor who returned to the mountain...
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The unique beauty of the Roan Highlands
In Roan Mountain Highlands, page 1
The natural beauty of the Roan Mountain Highlands has been recognized since they were first visited by Europeans in the eighteenth century. The first naturalist to report on this site was John Fraser (for whom the Fraser fir is named) in 1787. Other reports...
By Dirk Frankenberg and Jennifer Godwin-Wyer.
A hiking trail on Mount Mitchell
A hiking trail on Mount Mitchell
This is a hiking trail on Mount Mitchell. Mount Mitchell is the highest peak in eastern North America, towering at 6,684 feet. It is named after Elisha Mitchell, a University of North Carolina professor who returned to the mountain in 1857 to confirm his previous...
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Elisha Mitchell and his mountain
In North Carolina in the New Nation, page 7.4
Elisha Mitchell, a professor at the University of North Carolina, demonstrated that the mountain in the Black Mountain range that now bears his name was the tallest in eastern North America. Thomas Clingman disagreed, and the two men waged a battle in newspapers. After Mitchell's death, the U.S. Geological Survey confirmed his discovery.
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Big Tom plaque
Big Tom plaque
This plaque in honor of Thomas David ("Big Tom") Wilson is set into the rock at the summit of Big Tom, a mountain in the Black Mountain range named after Wilson. The plaque reads: Big Tom Altitude 6580 feet Named after Thomas David ("Big Tom")...
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Elisha Mitchell explores the mountains
In North Carolina in the New Nation, page 7.5
Letter from Elisha Mitchell to his wife while doing a geologic survey in northwestern North Carolina, 1828. Mitchell discusses his work, the places he stayed, and the people he met. Includes historical commentary as well as a contemporary map and a Google map with relevant locations marked.
Format: letter/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by David Walbert and L. Maren Wood.
Roan Mountain Highlands
This Carolina Environmental Diversity Explorations “virtual field trip” explores the natural beauty and geological and ecological diversity of the Roan Mountain Highlands that straddle the border between North Carolina and Tennesee.
Format: slideshow (multiple pages)
North Carolina in the New Nation
Primary sources and readings explore North Carolina in the early national period (1790–1836). Topics include the development of state government and political parties, agriculture, the Great Revival, education, the gold rush, the growth of slavery, Cherokee Removal, and battles over internal improvements and reform.
Format: book (multiple pages)
North Carolina history: Grade 4 educator's guide
This educator's guide provides teaching suggestions designed to facilitate using the digital North Carolina history textbook with fourth-grade students.
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Grandfather Mountain: Commerce and tourism in the Appalachian environment
In Recent North Carolina, page 4.11
For more than fifty years, Hugh Morton and Grandfather Mountain were all but synonymous. Grandfather has existed as a peak in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains for millions of years, and Morton was more than simply the mountain’s owner; he was also...
Format: essay
By Drew A. Swanson.