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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mini-lessons
Short lessons of five to twenty minutes used to introduce or reinforce critical information or learning strategies.

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Teaching elections with the Mini Page Archive
This guide for fourth and fifth grade teachers suggests activities and resources for using the Mini Page Archive to teach elections.
Format: lesson plan (multiple pages)
Creating a Mini Page
This activity allows students to take their knowledge from previous lessons or research projects and turn it into a newspaper, modeled after the Mini-Page, to share with their classmates. The focus of this activity is not research and writing instruction; rather, it is meant to be used as a culminating activity.
Format: activity/lesson plan
By Summer Pennell.
Flowers and pollination
This lesson on pollination uses this Pollination Mini Page and can be used as an extension for lessons about the parts of the flower. This lesson can be used with an entire class, or the materials can be given to advanced students to complete independently.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3 Science)
By Summer Pennell.
The Mini Page instructional plans
A listing of unit plans and lesson plans using The Mini Page Archive, a project of the UNC University Libraries.
Format: lesson plan
Whose habitat is that?
This lesson is designed to help students explore the surroundings animals find in a variety of habitats. This plan is written for the desert habitat but the same plan should be used for the exploration of a variety of habitat settings.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 English Language Arts and Information Skills)
By Kelly Stewart.
Color-coded time
This lesson introduces telling time to the minute using the analog and digital clocks. The hands are color-coded to assist with hour and minute hand discrimination. The student will use the time on the digital clock, which can then be transferred to the more difficult analog clock.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2–3 Mathematics)
By Anne Clodfelter.
Reading recipes
In this lesson, students practice reading and interpreting recipes. After reading through one recipe as a class, the students will work independently on other recipe passages for practice.
Format: lesson plan
By Summer Pennell.
Pirates and economics
In this lesson, students will learn the basics of a market economy and how pirates impacted the economic system in colonial times. Students will read one Mini Page about the famous pirate Blackbeard and another about economics. Students will map out the colonial economic system to demonstrate their knowledge of both economics and pirates' interventions. At the end of the lesson, students will imagine they are colonists and write a letter to the governor either in support or in opposition to piracy. This allows students to utilize economic vocabulary in a variety of creative ways.
Format: lesson plan
By Summer Pennell.
North Carolina scavenger hunt
In this activity, students will use editions in The Mini Page Archive to find information about North Carolina’s history and state symbols. They will search strategically by looking at the titles and headings for clues. After searching, students will create a skit using the information they learned.
Format: lesson plan
By Summer Pennell.
Making inferences about the 2000 presidential election
In this lesson, students will use a Mini Page about the 2000 presidential election to make inferences. This will require students to think about how past events influence political policies and laws. They will use these inferences to conduct research and write an essay.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8–12 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Summer Pennell.
The Mini Page logo
The Mini Page logo
Format: image/illustration
The Mini Page advanced search
The Mini Page advanced search
Format: image/photograph
LEARN NC lesson plans
In Election 2012, page 3.2
Elementary Math in the White House This plan uses an online tour of the White House to reinforce the concept of tallying. (Grades K-1)
Format: bibliography
The first Thanksgiving: Interactive storybook
In this lesson, students will use a Mini Page about the first Thanksgiving to make an interactive book for the class.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2–5 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Summer Pennell.
Black cowboys
In this lesson, students will use the Blacks in the West Mini Page to learn about black cowboys, read an excerpt from Nat Love’s biography, and create a comic about a black cowboy. This lesson teaches students about figures rarely shown in social studies texts and allows them to demonstrate their knowledge in a variety of ways.
Format: lesson plan
By Summer Pennell.
A smoke-free me
In this lesson, students will use the "A Smoke-Free Me" Mini Page to learn about how the heart and lungs work, smoking regulations in their state, and the harmful effects of smoking. Students will create an anti-smoking poster using their new knowledge. If possible, students will hang these posters around the school to educate others.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–5 Healthful Living and Science)
By Summer Pennell.
Scannability: organizing for the web
In Writing for the Web, page 5
How you organize and format your writing can go a long way toward making it readable.
Format: article
By David Walbert.
Shared reading and writing with La Casa Adormecida
This lesson focuses on adjective placement and agreement in Spanish as found in the story La casa adormecida by Audrey Wood using shared reading and writing strategies.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–5 Second Languages)
By Leslie Baldwin.