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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.
research cycle
Research method that emphasizes information problem-solving and positions students as information producers (versus information consumers). Students repeatedly revisit stages in the research cycle as they refine data gathering processes.
teacher research
Intentional and systematic inquiry by a teacher or teachers in order to improve classroom practice. Teacher researchers begin with a question about classroom life, design and implement a research plan, collect and analyze data, and adjust practice to better meet the needs of students.

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The beginnings of the new North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis
The beginnings of the new North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis
This is the construction site of the new North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis, North Carolina. According to the website, the campus will include the Dole-NC State Institute for Advanced Fruit and Vegetable Science; the UNC Center for Excellence in...
Format: image/photograph
State Climate Office of North Carolina
Students of all ages will enjoy learning about North Carolina's climate, whether on a field trip or in their classroom. Topics include extreme weather records, drought, tornadoes, El Nino and La Nina, hurricanes and North Carolina, and much more.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
The Speaker Ban controversy
In Postwar North Carolina, page 6.4
Resolution by the student legislature at UNC-Chapel Hill, 1966, against tbe state ban on campus speakers with ties to communisim. Includes historical background and commentary.
Format: legislation/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by L. Maren Wood.
National Institute of Environmental Health
Tour the National institute of Environmental Health campus in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina and learn about environmental health as well as career options for those who are interested in going into the field of biomedical research.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Discovering our state: Pre-activities
Get ready for a great learning experience with the Discovering Our State field trip through the UNC Visitors' Center and Morehead Planetarium! Help your students be prepared for this walking tour by leading them through one (or more!) of these activities prior to the field trip.
Format: activity/field trip opportunity
North Carolina State University
In North Carolina in the New South, page 4.2
North Carolina State University was founded in 1887 as the North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts, a land-grant institution that would provide teaching, research and extension services to the people of the state. This article gives a brief history of the school from its founding to the present day.
Format: article
Integrating maps
In Map skills and higher-order thinking, page 6
Textbooks frequently use maps as learning aids, but research has found that the way maps are most often used does not support students' learning. It turns out that both the order and the context in which materials are presented are crucial....
Format: article/best practice
By David Walbert.
Contemporary Science Center
Students experience cutting-edge science through real-world research at this laboratory on the Museum of Life and Science campus.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Research Triangle Park
In Recent North Carolina, page 3.1
The Research Triangle Park (RTP) was founded by a committee of government, university, and business leaders as a model for research, innovation, and economic development. By establishing a place where educators, researchers, and businesses come together as collaborative partners, the founders of the Park hoped to change the economic composition of the region and state, thereby increasing the opportunities for the citizens of North Carolina.
Format: article
More than just a rainy day: The water cycle
Students will identify water sources in the school environment in order to understand the origins of our water and to gain perspective about the students' place in the water cycle. Students will learn about the water cycle using a variety of resources and discover connections between the water cycle and the water that they use every day.
Format: lesson plan (grade 5 English Language Development and Science)
By Kelly This and Leigh Thrower.
Change in a democratic society (Lesson 1 of 3)
This lesson will demonstrate how art can imitate society. Students will learn about democracy in America through an examination of and a Paideia seminar on "The Sword of Damocles," an oil painting by British painter Richard Westall. This lesson should be used after a study of colonial times in America and through the American Revolution.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8–12 Social Studies)
By Sharyn West.
Jim Hunt
In Recent North Carolina, page 2.2
Biography of Jim Hunt, North Carolina's longest-serving governor (1977–1985 and 1993–2001).
Format: article/primary source
Best practices in school library website design
You're a librarian, not a web designer, but you can have a school library website that meets the needs of students and teachers if you keep it simple, don't take on more than you can manage, and focus on what you know.
Format: article
By David Walbert.
The pottery makers
In Intrigue of the Past, page 3.4
Archaeologists do a bit of shrugging when asked about the Woodland—that time and lifeway tucked between 1000 BC and AD 1000. Some things they readily understand, but others leave them wondering.
The forest people
In Intrigue of the Past, page 3.3
Paleoindian culture died out across North America by 8000 BC. Archaeologists say this was bound to happen. The Ice Age had ended, the megafauna were extinct, and the boreal forests faded as deciduous ones spread across the East in the warmer climate. Faced with significant environmental changes, the Native Americans adapted. Archaeologists call their way of life and the time in which they lived Archaic.
Becoming an online teacher
For even the most experienced classroom teacher, teaching online requires a thoughtful transition to the new environment.
Format: article
By Bobby Hobgood, Ed.D..

Resources on the web

North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission - Wildlife Species and Habitat Information
This site has comprehensive information on the wildlife species of North Carolina. See the Species Fact Sheets for wildlife profiles with two- to three-page fact sheets that profile an animal's history, status, habitat and behavior. Each profile includes... (Learn more)
Format: website
Provided by: NC Wildlife Resources Commission