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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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Natural window in a rock on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, AZ
Natural window in a rock on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, AZ
Natural window in a rock on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. At the correct angle, the Colorado River is visible through the window. The scale of the rock is apparent from the comparatively minuscule size of the visitors...
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The Grand Canyon from the South Rim, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ
The Grand Canyon from the South Rim, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ
View of the Grand Canyon from the South Rim, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. An aqua sliver of the Colorado River is just visible in the canyon below. The Grand Canyon is located on the Colorado Plateau. The plateau was uplifted as the Colorado River...
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The Grand Canyon from the South Rim, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ
The Grand Canyon from the South Rim, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ
The Grand Canyon from the South Rim, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. Its craggy face is lit dramatically by late sun. The Grand Canyon is located on the Colorado Plateau. The plateau was uplifted as the Colorado River and its tributaries carved channels...
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View from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ
View from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ
View from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ. Ridge overlaps ridge for as far as the eye can see, into the blue haze of the distant horizon. The Grand Canyon is located on the Colorado Plateau. The plateau was uplifted as the...
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Measuring pots
In Intrigue of the Past, page 2.7
Students will use an activity sheet or modern pottery rim sherds to compute circumference from a section of a circle and construct analogies based on their own experience about possible functions of ancient or historic ceramics.
Format: lesson plan (grade 7–8 Mathematics and Social Studies)
Probate inventory of Richard Blackledge, Craven County, 1777
In Colonial North Carolina, page 7.9
Probate inventory of a wealthy plantation owner in colonial North Carolina. Includes explanations and photographs of items listed.
Format: inventory
Mending pottery
In Intrigue of the Past, page 2.9
Students will mend broken pottery to learn what archaeologists learn by mending pottery.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4–5 Visual Arts Education and Social Studies)
Alice Caudle talks about mill work
In North Carolina in the early 20th century, page 7.5
WPA Federal Writers Project interview with a North Carolia woman about her life and work in textile mills in the early twentieth century. Includes historical background and commentary.
Format: interview/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by L. Maren Wood.
How does an animal's environment affect the frequency of its sound?
In BioMusic, page 2.6
In this lesson, students will explore the relationship between frequency and pitch. In addition to conducting a simple experiment, they will also examine bat and elephant sound spectrograms. Students will learn how both animals and humans use their environments to create sound for communication.
Format: lesson plan (grade 5–6 Music Education and Science)
By Debra Hall and Crystal Patillo.
How do animals create sound to communicate?
In BioMusic, page 2.3
In this interdisciplinary lesson, students will experiment with a variety of objects and musical instruments to show how sound is caused by vibrations. They will learn how humans and birds create sound using the larynx and the syrinx, and identify two animals that use objects in their environments to create specific sounds.
Format: lesson plan (grade 5–6 Music Education and Science)
By Debra Hall and Crystal Patillo.
Small arms in the Civil War
In North Carolina in the Civil War and Reconstruction, page 5.2
Article describes the weapons carried by infantry and cavalry soldiers during the U.S. Civil War. Includes video of a Civil War reenactment.
Format: article
Designing your gym class
From classroom organization to warm-up procedures, one physical education teacher provides a blueprint for a structured physical education program.
By Bozena Mielczak and Kim Campbell.