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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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An elephant at the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro, NC
An elephant at the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro, NC
A elephant rests at the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro, North Carolina.
Format: image/photograph
Polar bear at the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro, NC
Polar bear at the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro, NC
A polar bear dozes in the sun at the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro, North Carolina.
Format: image/photograph
A seal at the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro, NC
A seal at the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro, NC
This is a seal at the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro, North Carolina.
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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
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.
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
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.
Chickens at Shiloh Farm near Greenville, North Carolina
Chickens at Shiloh Farm near Greenville, North Carolina
These are chickens at Shiloh Farm in Greenville, North Carolina. The farm includes replica mid-nineteenth century plantation buildings, a farm animal petting zoo, a large playground for the kids, picnic and barbecue facilities, and hayrides.
Format: image/photograph
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.
Soil and Composting
Soil is an important natural resource. These resources explain the types of soils, its importance to the growth of plants, and how we can create rich soil from leaves, grass clippings, and vegetable scraps.
Format: bibliography/help
Shiloh Farm
An agritourism business designed to show city and suburb dwellers forgotten practices of farming.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Rowan County Nature and Learning Center
Birds of prey, mammals, and reptiles can be seen at the Nature Center Complex. For younger children there is a petting zoo.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Cougar
Cougar
Photograph of a cougar, taken at the North Carolina zoo. Cougars, also called mountain lions, pumas, and panthers, were once common all through the Western Hemisphere, from Canada to South America. However, due to excessive hunting and habitat destruction,...
Format: image/photograph
Animal Adaptations
Beaks to pry open food, spots to blend in with their habitat, and feathers that shed water are some examples of animal adaptations. We have compiled this sample of instructional resources on animal adaptations that can be found on LEARN NC.
Format: bibliography/help
Real-world learning in a virtual environment
Want to try project-based learning to get your students involved in real-world issues? A former North Carolina Technology & Learning Teacher of the Year talks about how she worked with the North Carolina Zoo to get students excited about learning.
Format: article
By David Walbert.
Animals undercover
Students will learn about the different animal coverings using the inquiry method. They will learn about how the covering is used for protection and to control body temperatures.
Format: lesson plan (grade K English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science)
By Anne Ellis.
Science Methods: 6-8 Model Lessons
In Preservice teacher education resources, page 3.4
North Carolina Essential Standards Click here for more details on these standards. Forces and Motion Critical Understandings: properties of waves and the wavelike...
Format: article/teacher's guide
Museum of Life and Science
Packed with highly interactive exhibits, the Museum of Life and Science showcases aerospace, weather, geology, Carolina wildlife, farmyard, train rides, traveling exhibits, gift shops, café and more culminating with the tropical Magic Wings Butterfly House and Bayer Crop Science Insectarium.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
North Carolina regions
Working in cooperative groups, the students will learn about their assigned regions of North Carolina. A list of questions will be generated. When the research is completed, the students will design a way to orally present the information to the class. This also will integrate Visual Arts and Informational Skills.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–4 Information Skills and Social Studies)
By Patricia Britt.
We all live downstream
This lesson uses the North American Streamside exhibit of the North Carolina Zoological Park as an inquiry-based starting point for a stream ecology study.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8–10 English Language Arts and Science)
By Eddie Hamblin.