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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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Homegrown Handmade
Culture and agriculture come together on these unique “agri-cultural” trails which can be found in 72 North Carolina counties.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Ratifying the amendments
In North Carolina in the New Nation, page 11.4
In 1835, a convention passed amendments to the North Carolina state constitution. In this activity, students map votes for ratification by county and explain the patterns they see.
Format: activity
By David Walbert.
North Carolina counties, 1840
North Carolina counties, 1840
Map of North Carolina counties as their borders were drawn (roughly) in 1840.
Format: image/map
North Carolina counties, 1760
North Carolina counties, 1760
Format: image/map
Teaching suggestions: Governing the Piedmont
This set of teaching suggestions was designed to help students understand an article about the colonial government of the Piedmont.
Format: /lesson plan (grade 8 and 11 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Local elections
In Election 2012, page 2.10
A resource to help students and teachers learn about the elections in their local communities.
Format: bibliography
Mapping election returns, 1960–2008
In Recent North Carolina, page 2.1
A slideshow of maps show results for statewide North Carolina elections in presidential election years from 1960 to 2008. Accompanying questions guide students to explore how voting patterns have changed with time and place.
Format: activity
By David Walbert.
Map of North Carolina at the time of the Regulation (1765-1771)
Map of North Carolina at the time of the Regulation (1765-1771)
Map shows boundaries of counties as drawn in 1760 along with rivers, locations of colonial towns, and the Battle of Alamance.
Format: image/map
North Carolina's first public school opens
In North Carolina in the New Nation, page 11.5
Announcement of the opening of the first free public school in North Carolina, 1840. Includes historical commentary about the North Carolina Public School Act of 1839.
Format: newspaper/primary source
The growth of cities
In North Carolina in the New South, page 2.4
Cities grew rapidly after the Civil War, in North Carolina as across the United States. But the great majority of North Carolina's population remained rural. This article includes maps and tables of census data.
Format: article
By David Walbert.
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)
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)
Sauratown Mountains
In Lonely mountains: The monadnocks of the inner Piedmont, page 4
One of the best places to see real monadnocks in North Carolina's Piedmont is in the Sauratown Mountains north of Winston-Salem in Stokes and Surrey counties. Here are pinnacles and two high ridges that stretch west southwest from Hanging Rock and include...
By Dirk Frankenberg.
Using percent of change to measure growth in North Carolina
Students will work in small groups to use the internet to gather data on the population growth for each of the 100 counties in North Carolina from 1992 to 1995. From these data, students will find the percent of increase/decrease for the counties they have been assigned. As a follow-up, the students will enter their data into a computer spreadsheet and from that spreadsheet, produce graphs of the information.
Format: lesson plan (grade 7–8 Information Skills, Mathematics, and Social Studies)
By Wanda Washburn.
Businesses by county, 1854
In Antebellum North Carolina, page 4.3
In North Carolina History: A Sampler, page 9.3
In this activity, students explore an excerpt from the Southern Business Directory and General Commercial Advertiser of 1854 to learn about business and town life in antebellum North Carolina.
Format: activity
Governing the Piedmont
In Colonial North Carolina, page 5.7
As settlers spread across the North Carolina Piedmont in the eighteenth century, the provincial government didn't keep up with them. Westerners weren't fairly represented in the provincial Assembly, and the so-called "Granville District," owned by the one remaining Lord Proprietor, was badly mismanaged.
Format: article
By David Walbert.
Dichotomous key for freshwater macroinvertibrates
In Inquiry-based exploration of human impacts on stream ecosystems: The Mud Creek case study, page 6.3
The following dichotomous key is used for identifying freshwater macroinvertebrates at Eno River State Park in Durham and Orange counties, North Carolina. Because the park is only a few miles from Mud Creek, this key includes the macroinvertebrates most commonly...
Format: diagram/classroom content
Panorama of the Sauratown Mountains
Panorama of the Sauratown Mountains
This is a panorama of the Sauratown, or Saura, Mountains in Stokes and Surry Counties. Though the overall elevation of both counties is fairly low, the Sauratown Mountains cut through both counties and dominate the landscape, rising up to 1,700 feet above...
Format: image/photograph
Floyd and agriculture
In Recent North Carolina, page 5.9
Along with the loss of homes, Hurricane Floyd created an agricultural nightmare.
Format: article
Crops and livestock
In Antebellum North Carolina, page 2.1
A series of maps based on U.S. Census of Agriculture data show changes in North Carolina's agriculture over time.