K-12 Teaching and Learning From the UNC School of Education

LEARN NC was a program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education from 1997 – 2013. It provided lesson plans, professional development, and innovative web resources to support teachers, build community, and improve K-12 education in North Carolina. Learn NC is no longer supported by the School of Education – this is a historical archive of their website.

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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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Eureka Gold Panning and Carolina Gem Fluming
Pan for gold and learn about the history of gold mining in North Carolina at this outdoor venue in Pleasant Garden, North Carolina.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Reed Gold Mine
Reed Gold Mine
In this dry stream bed was found the first nugget of gold in North Carolina's Gold Rush.
Format: image/photograph
The North Carolina Gold Rush
In North Carolina in the New Nation, page 6.1
Gold was discovered in Cabarrus County, North Carolina, in 1799, and within a few years, the North Carolina Gold Rush was on. Men arrived in the Piedmont to work in the mines, many of them from Cornwall in England.
Format: article
By Rebecca Lewis.
North Carolina in the New Nation
Primary sources and readings explore North Carolina in the early national period (1790–1836). Topics include the development of state government and political parties, agriculture, the Great Revival, education, the gold rush, the growth of slavery, Cherokee Removal, and battles over internal improvements and reform.
Format: book (multiple pages)
Minting gold into coins
In North Carolina in the New Nation, page 6.4
Brief histories of the Bechtler Mint, a private mint in Charlotte, and the Charlotte branch of the U.S. mint, both of which operated in the middle of the nineteenth century.
Format: article
North Carolina Collection Gallery
Early exploration of North Carolina, the Algonquin culture, the Roanoke Island settlement - these are just some of the exhibits that can be seen at the North Carolina Collection Gallery in Wilson Library on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
From the North Carolina Gold-Mine Company
In North Carolina in the New Nation, page 6.3
An 1806 report on North Carolina's gold mining region, including notes on geology and a description of the early work of mining. Includes historical commentary.
Format: book/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by L. Maren Wood.
Antebellum North Carolina
Primary sources and readings explore North Carolina in the antebellum period (1830–1860). Topics include slavery, daily life, agriculture, industry, technology, and the arts, as well as the events leading to secession and civil war.
Format: book (multiple pages)
The Reed Gold Mine
In North Carolina in the New Nation, page 6.2
A brief history of Cabarrus County farmer John Reed and his gold mine, from the first discovery of gold in 1799 to the establishment of a valuable and productive mine.
Format: book
Field trips in context
Opportunities abound in North Carolina for hands-on interdisciplinary learning experiences.
Format: article
By Lesley Richardson.
The Great Depression: An overview
In The Great Depression and World War II, page 1.1
An overview of the economic causes of the Great Depression and why it grew from a downturn into a catastrophe.
Format: article
More than tourism: Cherokee, North Carolina, in the post-war years
In Postwar North Carolina, page 2.10
In the 1950s, photographer Hugh Morton trained his camera on Cherokee, North Carolina, documenting the substantial tourism boom that had developed on the Eastern Band of Cherokees’ Qualla Boundary reservation. These photos provide a vivid record of an important moment in the history of both the Eastern Band and the mountain region as a whole.
Format: essay
By Andrew Denson.
Seeing, wondering, theorizing, learning: Inquiry-based instruction with Kishia Moore
In this article, first-grade teacher Kishia Moore shares some of the strategies she uses to bring inquiry-based instruction into the elementary classroom. Ms. Moore teaches in Mitchell County and is a member of the 2011 cohort of the Kenan Fellows Program.
Format: article/best practice
By Dan Lewandowski.