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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North Carolina thinking skills
Model of thinking skills adopted by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction in 1994. Lists seven levels of thinking skills from simplest to most complex: knowledge, organizing, applying, analyzing, generating, integrating, and evaluating.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction administers the policies adopted by the State Board of Education and offers instructional, financial, technological, and personnel support to all public school systems in the state.

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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)
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)
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)
Reading primary sources: Newspaper advertisements
This interactive guide to reading classified advertisements in a 19th-century newspaper editorial steps through layers of questions, guiding the reader through the process of historical inquiry. This edition is one in a series of guides on reading historical primary sources.
Format: newspaper (multiple pages)
North Carolina maps
A collection of lesson plans for grades K-12 centered on historic maps of North Carolina
Format: lesson plan (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)
North Carolina political parties
In Election 2012, page 2.2
Only those parties expected to field candidates on North Carolina ballots in 2012 are listed here. For additional political parties, see the list provided by Politics1.com. Wikipedia also offers a list...
Format: bibliography
Colonial and state records of North Carolina
Lessons developed using the Colonial State Records of North Carolina collection from Documenting the American South
Format: lesson plan (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)
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)
North Carolina political parties
In Election 2008, page 2.2
Only those parties expected to field candidates on North Carolina ballots in 2008 are listed here. For additional political parties, see the list provided by Politics1.com. Wikipedia also offers a list...
Format: bibliography
Tobacco bag stringing: Life and labor in the Depression
Images and text from a report in the North Carolina Collection at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill documenting tobacco bag stringing work in North Carolina and Virginia in 1939.
Format: series (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)
Lonely mountains: The monadnocks of the inner Piedmont
This Carolina Environmental Diversity Explorations “virtual field trip” explores the geology of North Carolina's monadnocks, mountains that rise individually above the surrounding topogaphy.
Format: slideshow (multiple pages)
Report of Vice-Consul R. E. Heide on the Resources, Trade and Commerce of North Carolina (1875)
An 1875 report on the population, geography, industry, and natural resources of North Carolina, with particular attention to shipping, navigation, and the production of naval stores.
Format: book (multiple pages)
Deep River Friends Meeting House
Deep River Friends Meeting House
Deep River Friends Meeting House in Jamestown, North Carolina.
Format: image/photograph
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)
Reminiscences of Levi Coffin: The story of Jack Barnes
A chapter from the memoir of Levi Coffin, a Quaker abolitionist who was heavily involved in the Underground Railroad in the 19th century.
Format: book (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)
Driving through time: The digital Blue Ridge Parkway
In these lessons and units for eighth grade, students delve into the rich primary sources and historical overlooks from the Driving Through Time project and explore the history of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Format: lesson plan (multiple pages)