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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Cause and effect in the workplace
In CareerStart lessons: Grade six, page 1.10
This lesson for grade 6 will help students understand cause and effect and how these concepts apply to the workplace.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 English Language Arts and Guidance)
By Jennifer Brookshire and Julie McCann.
The Wish Giver: Cause and effect
Through a discussion of the characters in the novel The Wish Giver, by Bill Brittain, the teacher will teach the students to identify and analyze the cause/effect relationship and its importance in reading comprehension.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4–5 English Language Arts)
By Becky Ellzey.
Classroom arrangement
The physical arrangement of desks in a classroom can have a significant effect on student behavior and the ease of classroom management. This slideshow illustrates four different classroom arrangements with captions explaining the merits of each.
Format: series (multiple pages)
Cause and effect writing: What it looks like and who reads it
Students examine the causes and effects presented in a brochure called “Ozone: The Good and the Bad.” They also examine the language of the brochure with regard to audience appropriateness. Students then write their own brochures examine their classmates' brochures for cause and effect and for audience appropriateness.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–10 English Language Arts)
By Michelle Roberts.
Posing a scenario and "looping" to provide focus in a cause/effect essay
Most of us are familiar with the idea that in narratives a writer chooses a “hot spot” or critical incident to serve as the focus of the work. Teachers of expository writing also must assist students in finding the “hot spot” or focus of their essays. Use this exercise to help student focus on one aspect of the essay.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–10 English Language Arts)
By Margaret Ryan.
Cause and effect
Students will identify and interpret cause and effect as expressed in poetry.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–4 English Language Arts)
By Rochelle Mullis.
The effects of the Great Depression in North Carolina
This lesson is designed to give the students a better understanding of the personal effects of the Great Depression on the people of North Carolina. It also uses the student's creativity to help others understand these effects.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies and Theater Arts Education)
By Yvonne Carroll.
Fire and hardwoods
In Forests and fires: The longleaf pine savanna, page 7
Figure 6 shows the lethal effect of a recent growing season burn on the hardwoods that were invading this pine forest. The leaves are clearly dead, but the stems may still recover from the relatively cool fire that was allowed to run through this area. This...
By Dirk Frankenberg.
Lethal Effect
Lethal Effect
Format: image/photograph
Historic Stagville
Read about the history of the plantation, the Bennehan and Cameron families who owned the plantation, the slave community, the structures on the plantation, and the effect the Civil War had on Stagville Plantation.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Essays of definition: Lively writing through professional models
This lesson examines a professional model of a definition paper and asks students to analyze and imitate the structures of using anecdotes and cause and effect to elaborate an essay of definition.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–10 English Language Arts)
By Margaret Ryan.
Walk the line
This lesson demonstrates the effects of changing the slope and y-intercept on the graph and equation of a line.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8–12 Mathematics)
By Carol Huss.
Mapping HIV infection in Africa
Using statistical information and maps, students will note the correlation between socio-economic factors and the impact of HIV/AIDS in the countries of Africa.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Social Studies)
By Greg Mitchell.
Pilgrimage: Mission
The students view symbols and traditions of world religions in artwork as a source for discussion of the effect of “mission” in world history. This discussion also parallels texts usually taught in English II.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–10 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Betty Eidenier.
Storms and coastal erosion
In Coastal processes and conflicts: North Carolina's Outer Banks, page 1.5
This lesson is part of chapter one of the unit "Coastal processes and conflicts: North Carolina's Outer Banks." Students learn about the effects storms can have on bodies of water, which can then have a great effect shorelines.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Science)
By Stanley R. Riggs, Dorothea Ames, and Karen Dawkins.
The Johnstown Flood: Cause and effect
In Where English and history meet: A collaboration guide, page 3
This lesson plan combines work with the Johnstown Flood, one of the most significant news events of the late nineteenth century, and the development of cause and effect argument.
By Karen Cobb Carroll, Ph.D., NBCT.
Investigating linear equations
Using a graphic calculator to compare the slope and y-intercept of lines to understand the slope-intercept form (y = mx+b) and what effect each has on a line.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8–12 Mathematics)
By Misty Jarman.
Media mind control
Some research studies indicate that the common portrayal of violence on television has desensitized children towards it. The purpose of this lesson is to help students redevelop their sensitivity towards violence and develop a critical attitude towards the purpose of violence in television.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–9 Guidance)
By Linda Nelson.
Critical thinking and art with The Snowy Day
This lesson will focus on the illustrations from The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats. The students will describe what makes illustrations worthy of a Caldecott Award. In addition, the students will complete an art project that will allow for creative critical thinking to compliment the illustrations in the book.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 Visual Arts Education and Information Skills)
By Caryn Levy.
Tracks across the sand at Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park
Tracks across the sand at Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park
Animal tracks across the sand at Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park near Kanab, Utah. The sand is eroded from Navajo sandstone from the Middle Jurassic geologic period, and its hue is derived from the same iron oxides that color its parent rock. The sand dunes...
Format: image/photograph