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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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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)
North Carolina Pottery Center
Interprets the history and technology of pottery-making in North Carolina and preserves a collection of North Carolina pottery and related artifacts.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Colonial restrictions on pottery
In Clays of the Piedmont: Origins, recovery, and use, page 5
European colonists recognized clay as an important resource in developing their agricultural economy. Surprisingly, the king's governors restricted the manufacture of pottery because the British economic model for the empire (called mercantilism)...
By Dirk Frankenberg.
N.C. White Clay used for Wedgwood Pottery
N.C. White Clay used for Wedgwood Pottery
Format: image/photograph
North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove
North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove
Format: image/photograph
North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove
North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove
Format: image/photograph
Hiddenite Center
See gemstones and minerals, a restored historic home, a gallery of art work and folk art, and a doll museum at Hiddenite Center.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Green Hill Center for North Carolina Art
This art center presents exhibits and educational programs focusing on North Carolina artists and their art.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Blue Ridge Parkway Folk Art Center
Students will enjoy visiting the folk art center and learning about the heritage of the southern Appalachian mountain people.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Hickory Museum of Art
Hickory was the first city in the Southeast to establish a museum of American art. The collections include contemporary folk art, American paintings and prints, studio glass, pottery, and more.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
North Carolina State University Gallery of Art and Design
Guided tours of the NCSU Gallery of Art and Design's collections and exhibitions are available for school groups.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
First Americans of North Carolina and the United States
This lesson will use shared reading, center time, hands-on projects, and journal writing to help learners discover facts about first Americans, particularly those in the region that is today North Carolina, while at the same time developing their English language skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
Format: lesson plan (grade K English Language Development and Social Studies)
By Adriane Moser.
John C. Campbell Folk School
The Folk School offers visitors a chance to experience a special blend of history, art, and natural beauty in the mountains of Western North Carolina.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Of earth, water, and fire: World pottery traditions
In this lesson, a photo analysis activity helps students learn about pottery traditions from around the world. Students discuss how these traditions are similar to and different from one another.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 Visual Arts Education and Social Studies)
By Eric Eaton.
Quick study: Woodland Period
A “cheat sheet” covering basic information about the Woodland Period and its key characteristics.
North Carolina Museum of History
Get a sneak preview of the Museum before you visit! You can search for artifacts, preview the exhibitions, and read about important events in North Carolina history. The Museum offers teachers a variety of resources--many are online! Find lesson plans, information on history in a box kits, professional development workshops, and more!
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Classification and attributes
In Intrigue of the Past, page 1.7
In their study of classification and attributes, students will use “doohickey kits” to classify objects based on their attributes, and explain that scientists and specifically archaeologists use classification to help answer research questions.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–4 Social Studies)
Moses Cone Memorial Park and Flat Top Manor
This historic mansion houses one of five shops of the Southern Highland Handicraft Guild. The crafts which include jewelry, pottery, glass figurines, and framed and unframed artwork are handmade by over 300 regional artists. Visitors can hear how the artists have come to make these wonderful crafts.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
How do I express what I believe? - Part 2
This is the second in a three-part lesson series seeking to examine belief systems and how they impact culture in the United States. This lesson, "How do I express what I believe?" requires 3 sessions at 40 minutes each to complete. The lesson series also seeks to let students examine their own personal belief system. In this lesson, the student will learn about the American tradition of the Face Jug/Pot and how it is used to express belief. The student will also create a Face Jug/Pot to express his/her belief, and this pot will be used in the third lesson entitled. "How do I present what I believe?"
Format: lesson plan (grade 5 Visual Arts Education)
By Donna Pumphrey.
Native American poetry workshop
This week-long set of lessons uses four different center activities to help students respond to poetry written by American Indians. This lesson plan was written with ESL (English as a second language) students in mind, so there are many opportunities to practice vocabulary, discuss and talk with others, and model expectations.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Liz Mahon.