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


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Two units of biomusicology instruction for grades 2–3 and 4–5. Your students will be fascinated by these lessons that cover the miracles of animal communication, the mechanics of sound, and their connections to the field of music.
Format: lesson plan (multiple pages)
Restoring the American chestnut
A blight devastated American chestnut trees in the early 1900s. In this unit students will study how biotechnology is being used to develop a blight-resistant tree. They will engage in hands-on activities to apply their knowledge of DNA and genetics to simulate the steps needed to find the genes for resistance and insert them into an American chestnut tree. Lessons are designed to be used for any level of biology and do not require high-tech equipment.
Format: lesson plan (multiple pages)
Proto-ZOO-ology: A problem-based protist inquiry unit
The conceptual lens used throughout this unit is the student development of a zoo exhibit for protists. Protists are used easily to examine classification systems, population diversity, life-sustaining processes, stimulus/response in the environment, and many other big concepts that are repeated when studying larger, more complex organisms.
Format: lesson plan (multiple pages)
Inquiry-based exploration of human impacts on stream ecosystems: The Mud Creek case study
This unit plan for high school earth and environmental science explores the impact of human activity on the health of streams in urban and non-urban settings. Students mimic current scientific research by measuring physical, chemical, and biological indicators of stream health.
Format: (multiple pages)
Rethinking Reports
Creative research-based assignments provide alternatives to the President Report, Animal Report, and Famous Person Report that ask students to think about old topics in new ways, work collaboratively, and develop products that support a variety of learning styles.
Format: series (multiple pages)
More Than Skin Deep: A Teacher's Guide to Caves
Designed to provide teachers with the resources to educate students about caves, their formation, related life science, and about cave safety.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Gel electrophoresis equipent
Gel electrophoresis equipent
This liquid-filled box and attached power supply are used for gel electrophoresis.
Format: image/photograph
CSI Dublin: The Hunt for the Irish Potato Killer
In these lesson plans, students will act as CSI agents investigating the mysterious pathogen that caused the massive potato crop failure and resultant Great Famine of 1845 in Ireland.
Format: lesson plan (multiple pages)
Classification with pictures
Students learn taxonomy through presenting a project to the class.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Science)
By Lemuel Lamb.
Gel electrophoresis
Gel electrophoresis
Gel electrophoresis showing six DNA tracks. In the first row (left), DNA with known fragment sizes was used as a reference. Different bands indicate different fragment sizes (the smaller, the faster it...
Format: image/photograph
Biologists: Working with probability
In CareerStart lessons: Grade six, page 2.7
In this lesson for grade six, students will use theoretical probability to predict genetic outcomes, and will understand how mathematical probability is used in biological careers.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–7 Mathematics and Science)
By Kim Abrams, Mike McDowell, and Barbara Strange.
Imagination Station
Slither and slide, hop and bop, run and jump, explore and discover Imagination Station where Science rocks and kids rule!
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Dichotomous key for freshwater macroinvertibrates
In Inquiry-based exploration of human impacts on stream ecosystems: The Mud Creek case study, page 6.3
The following dichotomous key is used for identifying freshwater macroinvertebrates at Eno River State Park in Durham and Orange counties, North Carolina. Because the park is only a few miles from Mud Creek, this key includes the macroinvertebrates most commonly...
Format: diagram/classroom content
Is ATP worth the investment?
In this lesson plan, students learn about ATP using an economic analogy. Students use simple financial tables to explore the concepts of cost, revenue, and return on an investment as it applies to ATP in aerobic and anaerobic respiration.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Science)
By MaryBeth Knight Greene.
The germination of a tree
In this lesson students will attempt to germinate tree seeds and observe the interior of a seed under a microscope.
Format: lesson plan (grade 7 and 9–12 English Language Arts and Science)
By Harold Mackin.
Blue Jay Point
Programs offered by Blue Jay Point County Park are specifically geared towards age groups and based on the North Carolina curriculum. Younger students learn about plants and animals of the Piedmont while middle and high school students explore the subjects of ecology, biology, environmental science, and general life sciences.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
YMCA Camp Thunderbird
Provides environmental education programs to North and South Carolina K-12 students in bird study, fish dissection, orienteering and forest ecology.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
In BioMusic, page 1.8
In this lesson, students will learn about the field of biomusicology. They will investigate current scientific research and understand how researchers often must work in teams to achieve their goals.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2–3 Guidance and Music Education)
By Debra Hall and Crystal Patillo.
Chestnut Ridge Camp and Retreat Center
Offers a selection of informative, interactive and experientially-based programs in outdoor and environmental education.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center
This sea turtle sanctuary is committed to the care and release of sick and injured sea turtles.
Format: article/field trip opportunity