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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Traditional weaving in Ecuador
Photographs and text illustrate traditional weaving in Ecuador, from carding and spinning wool to selling finished products at the market.
Format: slideshow (multiple pages)
Historic Murfreesboro
Students will enjoy taking a trip to the Murfreesboro historic district and exploring the houses and buildings on the tour.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
The Shelton House Museum of North Carolina Handicrafts
Housed in a historic home in Waynesville, NC, the Museum of NC Handicrafts displays 19th century crafts, musical instruments, and Native American artifacts.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
North Carolina Homespun Museum
Visit the North Carolina Homespun Museum and see crafts, photographs and other memorabilia from the Biltmore Industries of yesteryear.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Great Smoky Mountains National Park Mountain Farm Museum
Historic buildings, farm animals, and demonstrations can be seen at the Smoky Mountains National Park Mountian Farm Museum.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Potter in India
Potter in India
In India, a potter throws a pot on a wheel.
Format: image/photograph
The Old Depot Association
The museum provides exhibits that honor the local and mountain heritage and crafts. A photographic exhibit in the Caboose Museum shows the pictures of the history of the depot and has railroad memorabilia and music of the era.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
The Museum of the Native American Resource Center
The exhibits on display at this museum include prehistoric tools and weapons, 19th century Lumbee artifacts, contemporary Indian art and items which represent Native Americans from all over North America.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Pottery at the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC
Pottery at the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC
This is pottery at a show at the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC. The school was established in 1925 by Olive Dame Campbell and Marguerite Butler. It offers classes and workshops in a variety of crafts, from cooking to basketry to writing. Some...
Format: image/photograph
Moses Cone Memorial Park and Flat Top Manor
This historic mansion houses one of five shops of the Southern Highland Handicraft Guild. The crafts which include jewelry, pottery, glass figurines, and framed and unframed artwork are handmade by over 300 regional artists. Visitors can hear how the artists have come to make these wonderful crafts.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Blue Ridge Parkway Folk Art Center
Students will enjoy visiting the folk art center and learning about the heritage of the southern Appalachian mountain people.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Gate at the Penland School of Crafts in Mitchell County, North Carolina
Gate at the Penland School of Crafts in Mitchell County, North Carolina
This is a gate at the Penland School of Crafts in Mitchell County, North Carolina. It is a beautiful hodge-podge of metal found objects and handcrafted metal pieces. Penland is a center for craft education in everything from drawing to textiles. Artists participate...
Format: image/photograph
Poplar Grove Plantation
Students will enjoy touring the big house and tenant farmer's cabin, the craft shops, and the blacksmith's shop at Poplar Grove Plantation.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Allanstand Cottage Industries product display
Allanstand Cottage Industries product display
Pine needle basketry, cornhusk dolls, cane-bottom chairs, and rustic brooms are displayed in front of a hanging coverlet in this photograph depicting the crafts for sale at the Allanstand Cottage Industries during the 1920s and early 1930s. The image may have...
Format: image/photograph
Cameron Art Museum
Visit the Cameron Art Museum and see its wonderful “collection of fine art, design and crafts, including significant holdings of historical and contemporary work by North Carolina artists, designers and artisans.”
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Cherokee woman and pottery
Cherokee woman and pottery
In North Carolina, a Cherokee woman works with clay pottery pieces.
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.
Chinese art and writing
In Northern and coastal Vietnam: Waterway settlements and Chinese influences, page 11
Ethnic Chinese populations are found in all urban and trade centers of Vietnam, but they are particularly large in Hoi An. Thus the frequent use of Chinese characters in art and on public buildings. The plaque this artisan is making depicts an outdoor mountain...
By Lorraine Aragon.
Moody Farm Gourds
Students will learn about growing gourds and how they have been used in the past and today.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
North Carolina Pottery Center
Interprets the history and technology of pottery-making in North Carolina and preserves a collection of North Carolina pottery and related artifacts.
Format: article/field trip opportunity