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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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North Carolina maps
A collection of lesson plans for grades K-12 centered on historic maps of North Carolina
Format: lesson plan (multiple pages)
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.
Changes in agriculture
In Postwar North Carolina, page 2.4
In North Carolina History: A Sampler, page 6.4
A series of maps based on U.S. Census of Agriculture data show changes in North Carolina's agriculture over time.
Format: slideshow
Using primary documents: Analyzing North Carolina maps
In North Carolina maps, page 3.5
In this lesson, students use pre- and post-colonial maps to analyze North Carolina and how mapping of the state has changed over time. They use these maps to answer the historical question of how and why a state's perspective may change.
Format: lesson plan
By Jennifer Job.
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
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
My North Carolina
In North Carolina maps, page 1.3
Using word association and early maps of North Carolina, students will examine their preconceptions about the state and connect them to what they learn. This is intended to be used before any lesson about colonial times or discovery of America in general—the students can consider themselves "explorers" along with the ones they learn about.
Format: lesson plan
By Jennifer Job.
Grimes Mill
Located at 600 North Church Street in Salisbury, this is the only roller mill museum in North Carolina.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
North Carolina Solar Center
Visit the Solar House at the North Carolina Solar Center to see the innovative ways energy can be conserved.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Driving through time: The digital Blue Ridge Parkway
In these lessons and units for eighth grade, students delve into the rich primary sources and historical overlooks from the Driving Through Time project and explore the history of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Format: lesson plan (multiple pages)
Camden County Heritage Museum
Visitors to this museum can see historic artifacts of Camden County as well as the preserved county jail.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
The road taken
This lesson will introduce and reinforce main transportation routes for people and goods in North Carolina. Students will enhance map skills including using cardinal and intermediate directions, using a mileage chart, and planning transportation routes. Students will reinforce their knowledge of resources found in North Carolina as well as name and identify the three regions of North Carolina.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–4 Social Studies)
By Margaretc Bryant.
Hands On! A Child's Gallery
Students in kindergarten through third grade can learn while they play at this museum in Hendersonville, North Carolina.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
How are we changing North Carolina?
In North Carolina maps, page 2.2
In this lesson, students look at soil survey maps to draw conclusions about the impact North Carolinians have had on the land. This lesson is meant to accompany instruction on soil type, use, and erosion
Format: lesson plan
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
Allison- Deaver House Museum
The N.C. Division of Archives and History has named this the oldest frame house in the mountains of North Carolina. It has never been altered and is an excellent representation of the construction of the early 1800s.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
North Carolina Museum of Forestry
There is a rich history of forestry in North Carolina. Visit the NC Museum of Forestry and connect with our forest natural history and its cultural heritage.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
North Carolina Aviation Museum
The N.C. Aviation Museum is "dedicated to the restoration, preservation, and education of historic military aircraft."
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Ocracoke Island
There are many things to see on Ocracoke Island including the Ocracoke Lighthouse, the shortest lighthouse on the Outer Banks.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
North Carolina Executive Mansion
A history with images of the governor's mansion in Raleigh, North Carolina. Explore the gardens, the library, the ballroom, and more...all online. Read a brief history of NC's current first family.
Format: article/field trip opportunity