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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Governor Charles Aycock: A virtual exhibit
In this activity, students learn about North Carolina governor Charles Aycock by reading historical commentary and a transcript of Aycock's inaugural speech. Students create museum exhibits about Governor Aycock using PowerPoint software.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Jamie Lathan.
Hear it, spell it, see it!
This is an activity to help children develop visual recognition of basic sight word vocabulary at the kindergarten level. The words covered are: I, am, can, like, it, and is. This is a simple, quick activity that adds a new dimension to sight word building with the help of the computer.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 English Language Arts)
By Vickie Hedrick.
Tour of the solar system
Students, in groups, will research, design, and create a PowerPoint presentation on the planets. The class will then take a “tour of the solar system.”
Format: lesson plan (grade 6 Science)
By Jennifer Mott.
Practicing elaboration in a problem/solution essay
One theory suggests that students tend to list in an essay because they lack the tools to elaborate. Because they do not have the strategies, they attempt to fill up the empty space by introducing new primary ideas instead of fleshing out the ideas they have already presented. This activity attempts to make students aware of the need to elaborate and to provide students with some workable strategies for elaborating. Using a PowerPoint presentation, the teacher demonstrates the necessity for elaboration in a problem/solution essay. Students then choose a particular point in the PowerPoint presentation to expand through elaboration.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–10 English Language Arts)
By Margaret Ryan.
Introduction to community helpers
This is a introductory lesson to a unit on community helpers. It will begin to help students to identify different types of community helpers and the jobs they perform.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Social Studies)
By Jerrye Ficklin.
Geometry and art: Art museum pre-visit
This lesson is the first of a three-part unit integrating math, writing and visual arts. In this discovery learning activity, students look at and compare two works of art. The paintings are quite different, but they contain many examples of geometric shapes. Students then complete a comment sheet, explaining what is similar and different about the works of art. This lesson can be used alone or used to prepare students for an art museum visit.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1–2 Visual Arts Education)
By Loretta Hopper.
Physical and chemical changes
This is a PowerPoint presentation to help students distinguish between physical and chemical changes. It includes teacher demonstrations to check the students' understanding.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 Science)
By Louise Whealton.
Powers of monomials
This lesson is a PowerPoint presentation of the Powers of Monomials. It speaks on the following rules: Product of Powers, Power of a Power.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8–12 Mathematics)
By Clarissa Kelly.
Blackbeard: The most feared pirate of the Atlantic
Students will acquire information about Blackbeard and apply their knowledge to create a newspaper article concerning his life.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Carol Holden and Tanya Klanert.
Now presenting quadratic equations
This plan uses student created PowerPoint slides to present, review, and summarize various methods of solving quadratic equations.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Mathematics)
By Charlotte Lewis.
Faces tell feelings - Part 2 - Observations
Students will view a PowerPoint presentation of various portraits by different artists. They will observe facial expressions and the emotions they convey in these works of art.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–5 Visual Arts Education)
By Jan Kimosh.
A home for Lars
Our lesson plan is based on the book, Ahoy There, Little Polar Bear, by Hans de Beer. We will use the book to introduce the polar bear's habitat and will elaborate on the necessary things a polar bear needs to survive in this habitat.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 Visual Arts Education and Science)
Biome basics
This project involves the creation of a simple, yet effective display of the different biomes found on earth.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6 and 8–12 Science)
By B. Carl Rush.
There's more out there than just Democrats and Republicans!
Students will use the internet to research minority political parties and interest groups. Students will create a PowerPoint presentation (or other type of presentation), write a paper, and create a commercial advertisement for their group using a propaganda technique.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–10 Social Studies)
By Abby Stotsenberg.
Traveling through Africa
Students will plan a one-week, three country trip through Africa and create a travelogue of places they will visit. The students will create an electronic scrapbook of highlights of the trip (including cultural highlights, historical points of interest, geographic features, etc.)
Format: lesson plan (grade 7 Social Studies)
By Ren Bryan.
Election time database
After using various methods of researching information, students will create a database and use it to answer questions about the current election. At the conclusion, students will create a poster or PowerPoint presentation of their findings.
Format: lesson plan (grade 5 Computer/Technology Skills, Information Skills, and Social Studies)
By Lee Yahnker.
Native Americans in North Carolina
In North Carolina maps, page 2.6
In this lesson, students create a PowerPoint presentation giving the history and impact of one of the six major Native American tribes of North Carolina. They will show understanding of population movement, different perspectives, and the roles the Native Americans played in the development of the state.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Jennifer Job.
Tracing abolitionist movements in North Carolina
In North Carolina maps, page 3.6
In this lesson, students learn about the major areas of the abolitionist movement in the state. Students will express an understanding of the major figures of the movement using presentation software skills.
Format: lesson plan (grade 11–12 Social Studies)
Week 4: Creating an informative poster or presentation
In Invention convention, page 10
In this Invention Convention lesson, students will plan and organize a poster or PowerPoint presentation to describe their invention.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4 Visual Arts Education)
By Briana Corke Pelton.
Fun with division
Students will learn division concepts through the use of The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins and a poem entitled "Dividing up Bugs." Students will be involved in hands on activities in order to gain an understanding of division. This lesson plan integrates communication skills, math, and technology.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3 English Language Arts and Mathematics)
By Grace Blythe.