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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I’m on a diet and proud of it: Nutrition through math and science
In this unit, students will be involved in hands-on, inquiry activities that integrate various subject areas in order to learn and apply concepts of food chemistry and nutrition.
Format: lesson plan (multiple pages)
How can I make sure I'm getting what I need?
In I’m on a diet and proud of it: Nutrition through math and science, page 9
Through mathematics and technology integration, students will further understand what it means to have a balanced diet, as well as explore the causes and effects of healthy and unhealthy eating habits, and eating in moderation.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–4 Computer/Technology Skills, Healthful Living, Mathematics, and Science)
By Karina Colón.
Technology integration
An introduction to LEARN NC's resources for integrating technology into your teaching.
Format: bibliography
National news
In Election 2008, page 1.3
These links to some of our most trusted media outlets will help not only to instruct about the elections themselves but also to demonstrate the role the press plays in the electoral process.
Format: bibliography
Social media & outreach
In Philosophy resources for educators, page 1.4
This page provides links to key philosophical blogs, twitter accounts, and outreach organizations.
Format: bibliography
Election 2008
Educational resources to help students and teachers understand the 2008 elections.
Format: (multiple pages)
Five tips to improve students' information evaluation
Teach your students how to separate the good online information from the bad with these five strategies.
Format: article
By Bill Ferris.
Election 2012
Educational resources to help students and teachers understand the 2012 elections.
Format: (multiple pages)
Reaching every learner: Differentiating instruction in theory and practice
This series of articles, which balance theory, research, and practice, address a variety of topics within differentiation through text, graphics, and video.
Format: series (multiple pages)
Keep parents in the loop with a class website
This article discusses the process of creating a website to keep your students' parents apprised of what's happening in your classroom. The author discusses a variety of tools, including blogs, wikis, Google sites, and paid hosting websites, and suggests elements to include in a useful website.
Format: article/best practice
By Rebeccah Haines.
Teaching resources: Election history
In Election 2012, page 3.4
General The Path to the Presidency: Political Speeches (Library of Congress) This blog post, written by an...
Format: bibliography
National news
In Election 2012, page 1.5
These links to some of our most trusted media outlets will help not only to instruct about the elections themselves but also to demonstrate the role the press plays in the electoral process.
Format: bibliography
Get out the vote!
In Election 2012, page 3.5
Resources to educate and encourage young people about getting involved in the election and the vote.
Format: bibliography
Dream of a Nation
In an increasingly interconnected world, societal awareness of key social and environmental issues is critical. In the Dream of a Nation online course you will learn about our approach to exploring the problems and solutions to the issues facing our nation. More than a book, Dream of a Nation is the first component of a national multimedia long-term movement that will reach and engage millions of individuals.
Format: article/online course
Battle over Little Switzerland unit background
In Driving through time: The digital Blue Ridge Parkway, page 3.1
This page contains resources and activities that provide background information for students who are about to begin the Battle Over Little Switzerland unit.
Format: lesson plan
By Katy Vance.
Conservation and capitalism: Focus on primary sources
In Driving through time: The digital Blue Ridge Parkway, page 2.2
This is the second lesson in the Competing Routes unit. In this lesson, students consider whether it is possible to be a conservationist and a capitalist through the lens of Hugh Morton's role in the battle over the Grandfather Mountain link of the Blue Ridge Parkway. These discussions and primary source materials offer a look at the effects of human intervention on nature in North Carolina.
Format: lesson plan
By Katy Vance.
Presidential inaugurations in historical perspective
A guide to online resources about the history of American presidential inaugurations.
Format: bibliography
ChronoZoom: Teaching history through technology
ChronoZoom is an online tool that shows how time is both horizontal and vertical, meaning that multiple events are taking place at the same time in different places, impacting one another. These lesson plans demonstrate how teachers might use this tool.
By Helen Avis.
Presidential election
In Election 2012, page 1.1
A guide to the candidates who will appear on the North Carolina ballot in 2012 — who they are, what they've been up to, and where they stand on the issues.
Format: bibliography
Learning on the go: The new age of handheld devices
Handheld devices open up a world of possibilities for the classroom. This article looks at types of handheld devices and discusses the benefits and challenges in teaching with them.
Format: article/best practice
By Jennifer Job.