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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The Changing Face of Mexico
Essays and activities exploring Mexican culture, past and present. Includes historical perspectives, classroom activities, and recipes.
Format: book (multiple pages)
Activity: Quinceañera
In The Changing Face of Mexico, page 3.2
Form a committee with some friends who can take you to a Latino tienda or mercado in your community. Divide up responsibility for finding certain articles that are used for a quinceañera,...
Format: activity
Early childhood
In Postwar North Carolina, page 9.1
First part of an oral history interview with Rebecca Clark, an African American who was born in rural Orange County just before the Depression and witnessed the changes in civil rights over the years.
Format: interview
Commentary and sidebar notes by Kristin Post.
A land of many wetlands
In Wetlands of the coastal plains, page 1
Eastern North Carolina is a land of many wetlands. More than forty different types have been identified by botanists with the state's Natural Heritage Program. Geographically, this wetland heritage was achieved in the most straightforward way: all of the land...
By Dirk Frankenberg.
Pastel de Tres Leches (A Typical Quinceañera Cake)
In The Changing Face of Mexico, page 3.3
An elaborate Quinceañera cake. (Don't worry, the one you'll make here is much simpler!) Ingredients For the batter: 1 cup sugar 5 eggs,...
Format: recipe
The Quinceañera Celebration
In The Changing Face of Mexico, page 3.1
Slideshow View a slideshow of photographs from quinceañera celebrations. One of the most important...
Format: article
Latino immigration
In Recent North Carolina, page 6.3
North Carolina has the fastest growing Latino population in the country. This article offers a snapshot of North Carolina's Latino community.
Format: article
Child labor laws in North Carolina
In The Great Depression and World War II, page 2.2
Excerpt of North Carolina's 1933 law regulating child labor. Includes historical background.
Format: legislation/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by L. Maren Wood.
Flood shelter
In this excerpt from an oral history interview, Charles Thompson questions Elberta and Thomas Hudson about their experience in a shelter after their home in White Stocking, North Carolina was flooded during Hurricane Floyd.
Format: audio
Portrait of girl holding two textiles for sale at Siem Reap
Portrait of girl holding two textiles for sale at Siem Reap
A pre-adolescent girl holds a brown cloth over her shoulder and a printed blue one over her right forearm. Both cloths appear to be printed examples of local batik designs. The girl's brow is furrowed in concentration as she looks towards her right, perhaps...
Format: image/photograph
Philosophy 101 for educators
In Philosophy resources for educators, page 1.2
This page provides a basic introduction to key philosophical concepts.
Format: bibliography
Sputnik and Explorer
In Postwar North Carolina, page 1.6
On October 4, 1957, the Soviet Union launched the world's first intercontinental ballistic missile and inserted a beach ball-sized satellite into earth orbit. This article tells the story of the launch and of reactions in the United States.
Format: article
Ecuador: A study of population
In this lesson, students will create population pyramid graphs and analyze photographs to investigate population in Ecuador. Students will draw on this analysis to make predictions about how population issues will affect Ecuador's future. The lesson plan is designed to be adapted to the study of various countries.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–7 English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies)
By Eric Eaton.
The transformer room
In A technological tour of the Biltmore Estate, page 11
Interpreting the transformer room Wires come through the wall from the Generator Room which originally carried the power from the Dynamo Room to the Transformer Room. This room first was used to house a series of large Gould storage batteries,...
By Sue Clark McKendree.
Team teaching
Also known as co-teaching or collaborative teaching, team teaching is an instructional strategy used across subject areas primarily in middle grades in a variety of methods. Teams are typically composed of between two and four teachers...
Format: article
By Heather Coffey.
Ila Hartsell Dodson oral history excerpt (labor unions)
Ila Hartsell Dodson was born in 1907 in South Carolina and began working in the Brandon Cotton Mill at age 14. Her mother, father, and all of her nine siblings worked for various cotton mills in North and South Carolina. She met her husband working in the...
Format: audio/interview
A Hindu temple in Cary
In Recent North Carolina, page 6.5
Newspaper article about the opening of the Sri Venkateswara Temple in Cary, North Carolina, in 2009. Includes cultural background.
Format: article
Commentary and sidebar notes by L. Maren Wood.
Climbing the school ladder: A challenging task for immigrant Latino students
In Bridging Spanish language barriers in Southern schools, page 1.1
Teachers play a critical role when helping immigrant children adjust to a new school life. Because immigrants' backgrounds and experiences are so diverse, it is important for teachers no to make assumptions and to get to know individual children.
By Magda Corredor.
Migration into and out of North Carolina: Exploring census data
In North Carolina in the New Nation, page 4.2
Just how many people left North Carolina in the first half of the nineteenth century -- and where did they go? To answer questions like this, the best place to turn is census records. The census can't tell us why people moved, but a look at the numbers can give us a sense of the scale of the migration.
Format: activity
By David Walbert.
Merrie olde England?
In Prehistory, contact, and the Lost Colony, page 4.2
Many residents of Elizabethan England did not enjoy the abundance that accompanied Queen Elizabeth’s reign. The dawn of the age of exploration gripped people’s imaginations and caused many to dream of travel, and the New World offered the promise of a fresh start without the problems of the old country.
Format: article
By Charles Carlton.