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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CareerStart lessons: Grade seven
This collection of lessons aligns the seventh grade curriculum in math, science, English language arts, and social studies with potential career opportunities.
Format: (multiple pages)
CareerStart lessons: Grade eight
This collection of lessons aligns the eighth grade curriculum in math, science, English language arts, and social studies with potential career opportunities.
Format: (multiple pages)
CareerStart lessons: Grade six
This collection of lessons aligns the sixth grade curriculum in math, science, English language arts, and social studies with potential career opportunities.
Format: (multiple pages)
Career vocabulary
In CareerStart lessons: Grade seven, page 1.1
In this lesson for grade seven, students will become familiar with vocabulary related to careers.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 English Language Arts and Guidance)
By Anissia Jenkins.Adapted by Kenyatta Bennett and Sonya Rexrode.
Details and sequencing
In CareerStart lessons: Grade six, page 1.7
This lesson for grade six will introduce students to careers in environmental protection as it teaches them to identify details and sequence in a non-fiction reading passage.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–7 English Language Arts and Guidance)
By Jennifer Brookshire and Julie McCann.
NC-HCAP health careers information and enrichment workshop booklet
The North Carolina Health Careers Access Program (NC-HCAP), a center located at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, seeks to increase the number of people from disadvantaged backgrounds who are educated, trained, and employed in health careers....
Format: document/book
Sales careers: Working with percents
In CareerStart lessons: Grade six, page 2.3
In this lesson for grade six, students will understand how to perform operations with percents by using commission rates for various sales careers to calculate salary.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–7 Mathematics)
By Kim Abrams, Mike McDowell, and Barbara Strange.
Decisions, decisions: A career exploration
In CareerStart lessons: Grade seven, page 1.10
In this lesson for grade seven, students complete personality profiles to explore career options, then conduct internet research to learn about specific careers. Students write evaluative essays about the careers they choose.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 English Language Arts and Guidance)
By Jen Presley.Adapted by Kenyatta Bennett and Sonya Rexrode.
Map skills and transportation careers
In CareerStart lessons: Grade six, page 4.1
In this lesson for grades six and seven, students will create maps to assist their understanding of relative and exact location and will conduct research on transportation careers.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–7 Social Studies)
By Mandy Matlock.
Comparing and contrasting careers
In CareerStart lessons: Grade six, page 1.9
This lesson for grade six will help students understand comparing and contrasting. Students will conduct career surveys with adults and will use the results to create Venn diagrams.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 English Language Arts and Guidance)
By Jennifer Brookshire and Julie McCann.
Chuck Yeager and technological design
In CareerStart lessons: Grade six, page 3.2
Chuck Yeager's career in aviation spans over 60 years and includes such notable feats as becoming the first person to fly faster than the speed of sound. This lesson for grade 6 introduces students to Yeager's accomplishments and to careers in aviation.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6 Guidance)
By April Galloway and Christine Scott.
Problem-solving careers
In CareerStart lessons: Grade seven, page 1.7
In this lesson for grade seven, students analyze information about various careers to determine how people in those occupations use problem-solving skills.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 English Language Arts and Guidance)
By Jen Presley.Adapted by Kenyatta Bennett and Sonya Rexrode.
Career areas of science: Vocabulary
In CareerStart lessons: Grade eight, page 5.1
In this lesson for grade eight, students discuss different scientific disciplines and gain an understanding of the suffix -ology.
Format: lesson plan
By Tammy Johnson and Martha Tedrow.
Uses of rocks and minerals
In CareerStart lessons: Grade six, page 3.4
In this lesson plan for grade 6, students will gain an understanding of the economic importance of rocks and minerals by exploring their applications in various careers.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6 Science)
By April Galloway and Christine Scott.
Marketing careers: Working with scale drawings
In CareerStart lessons: Grade six, page 2.6
This activity for grade six combines math, art, and writing, as students create a scale drawing of a toy car and reflect on how math can be used in marketing careers.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–7 Mathematics)
By Kim Abrams, Mike McDowell, and Barbara Strange.
Fact and opinion in the real world
In CareerStart lessons: Grade six, page 1.8
This lesson for grade 6 will help students understand the differences between fact and opinion based on career-related examples.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6 English Language Arts)
By Jennifer Brookshire and Julie McCann.
Careers in travel: Working with currency exchange
In CareerStart lessons: Grade six, page 4.5
In this lesson for grades six and seven, students will learn about foreign currency exchange rates and will understand the importance of currency exchange in the travel industry.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–7 Social Studies)
By Mandy Matlock.
Perimeter of rectangles
In CareerStart lessons: Grade seven, page 2.3
In this lesson for grade seven, students practice measuring perimeter and discuss careers in which calculations of perimeter are important.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4 and 7 Mathematics)
By Peggy Dickey and Barbara Turner.Adapted by Sharon Abell.
Career skill: Writing expressions and equations
In CareerStart lessons: Grade seven, page 2.9
In this lesson for grade seven, students will translate between natural language sentences and mathematical equations. Students will discuss how this skill may be useful in various careers.
Format: lesson plan (grade 7 Mathematics)
By Peggy Dickey and Barbara Turner.Adapted by Sharon Abell.
Careers in medicine and the ancient Greeks
In CareerStart lessons: Grade six, page 4.4
In this lesson for grade six, students will learn about ancient Greek medicine and the Hippocratic Oath and will research contemporary medical careers.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6 Social Studies)
By Mandy Matlock.