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


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Comparing & contrasting real & make-believe bears
Student pairs create a Venn Diagram in their Bear Research Journal listing things that are the same and different about real and make-believe bears.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 English Language Arts and Mathematics)
By Susan Lovett.
Make math "bear"-able
The students will use teddy bear counters to explore addition and subtraction facts (1-10). Students will demonstrate an understanding of ordinal numbers by locating the position of their counters on their workmats.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 Mathematics)
By Nikki Gilmore.
Bear graph
The students will compare and contrast bears brought from home and share their ideas through a graph.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Mathematics)
By Karen Pledger.
Using a Venn diagram to compare & contrast two types of bears
Students use their research on black bears and one other bear (panda, polar or grizzly) to complete a Venn Diagram.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 Mathematics)
By Susan Lovett.
Using a Venn diagram to illustrate that bears and humans are both mammals.
Students use their collected information on bears to compare them to humans through a Venn diagram, as preparation for an introduction to mammals.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 Mathematics and Science)
By Susan Lovett.
Literature lamps: The Weirdo
Literature is tied to an integrated curriculum for student success. Emphasis is on reading and communication.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Wendy Sirias.
Polar bears and their adaptations
In this introductory activity, students will be introduced to the concept of adaptation by exploring how a polar bear's body adapts to survive in the harsh environment in which it lives.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4 Science)
By Heather Spradling.
Splitting bears
Students will learn sequencing (beginning, middle, end) by using a bear pattern.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2 English Language Arts and Information Skills)
By Kendra Sisk.
Introduction to fact families: Addition (commutative property)
Students will "invent" their own examples that demonstrate the commutative property of addition through hands-on activities.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 Mathematics)
By William Krupicka.
High and low bears
This is a lesson that introduces and reinforces the music concept of pitch.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Music Education)
By Penny Adams-Manolas.
Put it back where it belongs
Primary students will learn the basics of library organization. They will be introduced to the use of call letters.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Information Skills)
By Caryl Houghton.
Features of print
In this lesson, the teacher introduces the concept of gathering information from chapter headings, bold type and other organizational features of print (such as tables of contents) in non-fiction texts in print and online.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1–2 English Language Arts and Information Skills)
By Gail Goodling, Susan Lovett, and Sue Versenyi.
Blueberries for Sal: Counting and correspondence
This lesson is designed to aid the teacher in teaching the math skills of one to one correspondence, number recognition, and matching numbers to sets. It is also a great lesson to intergrate into a unit on Bears or the color Blue.
Format: lesson plan (grade K English Language Arts and Mathematics)
By Wrenn Smith.
Bearly estimating
This is a lesson which allows students to explore with estimation in cooperative learning groups.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 Mathematics)
By Melissa Geiser.
The zoo is coming, the zoo is coming
The zoo is coming is a lesson that will give students an opportunity to write a letter to a fictional governor about the pros and cons of having a zoo come to their town.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4 English Language Arts, Information Skills, and Science)
By Steven Sather.
Polar bears: Keeping warm at the Arctic
Students will learn about the polar bear's body coverings and how they help it to survive in the Arctic climate. The activities include a trip to the North Carolina Zoological park and a hands-on experiment to facilitate this goal, followed by reflection on and communication of what they have learned using a variety of media including art and literature.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4 Science)
By Sandy Hardin.
The Walter B. Jones Sr. Center for The Sounds and the Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge
Students can take a walk on the Scuppernong River Interpretive Boardwalk and participate in an environmental education program at the Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Graphing with food
Students will use a variety of foods to make graphs. Each food should be used for a separate lesson for a total of ten lessons.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 Mathematics)
By Bunnie R. Brewer.
A black bear in Glacier National Park, MT
A black bear in Glacier National Park, MT
A black bear in Glacier National Park, Montana. Visitors to the park are encouraged to use caution around all animals, especially bears, when hiking near or photographing them. A stunning vista in Glacier National Park, Montana. The park protects over one...
Format: image/photograph
Magical poisoned arrows
In The Ramayana, page 5.7
Hanuman in disguise as a bear watches Ravana's demons making magical poisoned arrows, as seen in a mural at the Emerald Buddha Temple. Ravana's demon son Intarachit sits upon a royal daybed in the forest in front of a giant tree stump as he makes the arrows....
By Lorraine Aragon.