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exceptional children
Designation for students who have different educational needs than the average child. Many children in exceptional children's (EC) programs have physical, mental, or social disabilities, but in North Carolina academically gifted children are also classified as EC.

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Life cycle of painted lady butterflies
Students will make a chart of the life cycle of the painted lady butterflies that the class observes over a period of several days.
Format: lesson plan (grade K English Language Arts and Science)
By Anne Allen.
Reading picture books
Two strategies for helping children understand a story through illustrations.
Format: article
By Melissa Thibault.
Mrs. Daisy Stamper
Mrs. Daisy Stamper
A large family, including several children, is pictured in front of a one-room house. A box of tobacco bags is visible in the photograph, as is the family laundry, drying on the line.
Format: image/photograph
Around the world with food
In Food for thought: Elementary lessons on nutrition and healthy living, page 1.2
Many traditional foods of different cultures have become staple foods that we eat in the United States, too. In this kindergarten lesson plan from the Food for Thought nutrition curriculum, students learn about the MyPyramid food groups and about foods of different cultures.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Healthful Living)
The key to a map
The students will use a map of the classroom to strengthen their map reading skills. They will work in groups and use a prepared map of the classroom to find hidden messages.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1–2 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Melissa Lasher.
Kathmandu neighborhood children sing
Diwali is the "festival of lights" that is celebrated by Hindus in either October or November. Like Christmas or Thanksgiving, this is a time to enjoy with families and friends. The holiday also celebrates the triumph of good over evil, and is associated with...
Format: audio
Children standing near cars at Lake Waccamaw encampment
Children standing near cars at Lake Waccamaw encampment
This black and white image show several young boys and girls standing in a yard by 1930s era cars or buses while their mothers watch from the porch of a two-story house. The boys are wearing knickers and “newsboy” caps.
Format: image/photograph
Learning in colonial Carolina
In Colonial North Carolina, page 6.8
During the late 1600s and early 1700s, education in Carolina was largely informal. Most children learned by watching and imitating parents and older community members. The sons of the wealthy were sent away to schools in other colonies or in England. The first efforts to provide formal education in Carolina were made by religious groups — the Quakers, the Baptists, and the Presbyterians.
Format: article
By Betty Dishong Renfer.
When teachers don't understand
Teaching should be informed not only by the content of the discipline but also by the lives of the students.
Format: article
By Bobby Hobgood, Ed.D..
The Montessori philosophy is a holistic view of children that builds on natural curiosity and develops a love of learning by creating environments which foster the fulfillment of children's highest potential. History of Montessori In her medical practice,...
Format: article
By Heather Coffey.
Time marches on!
Students will create autobiographical time lines, noting important events in their lives. Using these timelines, students will create word problems for their classmates to solve.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3 Mathematics)
By Jennifer Gayford.
Exploring colors
The learner will develop the ability to use science process skills through exploration with primary colors.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Visual Arts Education)
By Kristin Gray.
Two children play on the sidewalk in Latacunga, Ecuador
Two children play on the sidewalk in Latacunga, Ecuador
An older child playfully picks up a younger one on the sidewalk. Latacunga is in the highlands of Ecuador. At over 9,000 feet elevation, Latacunga's climate is usually cold and windy. The town is also close to the active volcano Cotopaxi. Proximity to the...
Format: image/photograph
Young people working in garden
Young people working in garden
This black and white image, taken in 1941, shows 9 boys and girls working in garden in Wilson County, North Carolina. The children, who are tending vegetables, range in age from youngsters to teenagers. The older children are wearing wide brimmed hats are...
Format: image/photograph
Protection from the sun
In Rice farming and rural life in Vietnam, page 6
Rural women, men, and children throughout Southeast Asia commonly weave their own hats, sleeping mats, and baskets from a variety of palm leaf, bamboo, and rattan fibers. Mountain groups or highlanders are less involved in the national cash economy (often...
By Lorraine Aragon.
Art detectives
Students will look at a variety of artworks and explain what tool or medium was used to create them.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–3 Visual Arts Education)
By Kathy Greene.
A child's day: Cambodia
In this lesson plan, students listen to audio recordings from Cambodia and discuss what life may be like for the children heard in the recordings. Students discuss topics including school, cross-cultural similarities, and child labor.
Format: lesson plan (grade 7 Social Studies)
By Kristin Post.
Basic strategies for assigning homework
Suggestions for establishing homework assignments and policies.
By Kathleen Casson.
Americans! Share the meat as a wartime necessity
Americans! Share the meat as a wartime necessity
U.S. Government poster from World War II, announcing the rationing of meat. Poster reads: Americans! Share the meat as a wartime necessity. To meet the needs of our armed forces and fighting allies, a Government order limits the amount of meat...
Format: image/poster
School children with flags and torches depart Independence Day ceremonies
School children with flags and torches depart Independence Day ceremonies
A large group of school children with flags and torches depart Independence Day ceremonies on August 17, 1986. As twilight sets in, everyone at the ceremony in Ubud lights the end of a bamboo stick and the twinkling torches light their way home.
Format: image/photograph