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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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North Carolina Aquariums
Visit one of the three North Carolina Aquariums and learn about the "diverse natural and cultural resources associated with North Carolina's ocean, estuaries, rivers, streams, and other aquatic environments."
Format: article/field trip opportunity
The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, NC
The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, NC
This is a giant fish tank at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, North Carolina. There are aquariums at Fort Fisher, Pine Knoll Shores, and Roanoke Island.
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Ecological Marine Adventres (EMA) Children's Aquarium
This marine education center at Topsail Beach specializes in hands-on, in-the-field education adventures for children and families.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Federal Point Basin
In Cape Fear estuaries: From river to sea, page 10
A few miles south of Snow's Cut, past Fort Fisher and the ferry to Southport, we come to the Federal Point Basin. The basin is part of the Zeke's Island Estuarine Reserve and is a research area for scientists at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher....
By Steve Keith.
Zeke's Island North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve
Part of the North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve, Zeke's Island has interpreter led field trips which focus on the importance of estuaries to the North Carolina coast.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Hurricane storm surges
In Hurricanes on sandy shorelines: Lessons for development, page 5
Figure 2 illustrates just how high hurricane storm surges can get along the gently sloping shorefaces of the southeastern United States. The photograph is of an exhibit at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. The exhibit stands 6.5 feet above mean sea...
By Dirk Frankenberg.
Maritime forest
In Large sand volume barrier islands: Environmental processes and development risks, page 15
Figure 14 shows a maritime forest in Roosevelt State Natural Area near the Aquarium in Pine Knoll Shores. This forest exists because a series of large dune ridges seaward of it protect it from salt spray. As you can see from the topography, the forest itself...
By Dirk Frankenberg.
Lilypads in an estuary at the North Carolina Estuarium
Lilypads in an  estuary at the North Carolina Estuarium
Lilypads cover the water under a boardwalk at the North Carolina Estuarium in Washington, North Carolina. This is an active estuary, and the Estuarium works to preserve it and the flora and fauna present. An estuary is formed where fresh water and salt water...
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Ocean education and marine environmental education programs providing "hands-on, feet-wet, high-tech" experiences for K-12 students.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Detail of storm surge exhibit showing data from recent local storms
Detail of storm surge exhibit showing data from recent local storms
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Exhibit of hurricane storm surge heights
Exhibit of hurricane storm surge heights
Format: image/photograph
North Carolina Estuarium
Students can visit the North Carolina Estuarium and learn about the plants and animals that inhabit an estuary.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
The Walter L. Stasavich Science and Nature Center at River Park North
This park with its new nature center is a fun place for students to go and learn about the indigenous species of eastern North Carolina.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Natural Science Center of Greensboro
Features hands-on exhibits, a zoo, and a planetarium as well as a dinosaur exhibit and a Gem and Mineral Gallery.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education
Students will learn the importance of North Carolina's wildlife resources at this environmental education facility.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
North Carolina Zoo
Everything teachers and students need to know to plan a very special trip to the Zoo. If you can only visit online, this website offers an array of resources including games, images, and interactive tours of the special exhibits and animals as well several educational resources for teachers.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Discovery Place
Discovery Place offers hands-on activities in all areas of science for students from preschool through grade eight and professional development opportunities for educators.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
African animals in habitats
This is an inquiry-based animal study for early childhood students centered around a visit to the African Continent of the North Carolina Zoo.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 Science)
By Sue McCullah.
Polar bears: Keeping warm at the Arctic
Students will learn about the polar bear's body coverings and how they help it to survive in the Arctic climate. The activities include a trip to the North Carolina Zoological park and a hands-on experiment to facilitate this goal, followed by reflection on and communication of what they have learned using a variety of media including art and literature.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4 Science)
By Sandy Hardin.
Zoo integrated unit
The unit uses the North Carolina Zoological Park as a teaching tool rather than as a nice place to visit. It can be used by a single teacher or multiple teachers of different subjects, and it is aimed at 7th and 8th graders.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies)
By Craig Smith.