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Making connections between concepts
In The First Year, page 2.3
To help students connect what they're learning, make your expectations clear and ask them what they understand and what isn't working.
Format: article
By Kristi Johnson Smith.Commentary and sidebar notes by Lindy Norman.
Sharing time in a blended learning space
This article offers a definition for blended learning and suggests strategies for effectively implementing this instructional approach.
Format: article/best practice
By Kevin Hodgson.
The thirty-second system for managing tardies and misdirected attention
In The First Year, page 3.3
A countdown can give your students a chance to settle in and get ready to learn or to refocus their attention when it has wandered.
Format: article
By Kristi Johnson Smith.Commentary and sidebar notes by Lindy Norman.
Watching the weather
In CareerStart lessons: Grade seven, page 3.5
In this lesson for grade seven, students discuss the work that meteorologists do and brainstorm ways to collect data about the weather without using instruments. Students collect weather data over a two-week period.
Format: lesson plan (grade 7 Science)
By Emma Couch.Adapted by Mitzi Talbert.
Representing historic women figures in North Carolina
In Commemorative landscapes, page 2.4
This lesson, developed using the Commemorative Landscapes collection, examines North Carolina’s commemoration of the contributions made by women and asks students to think about how the commemoration of women might affect our collective understanding of women’s contributions to North Carolina.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8–12 Social Studies)
By Kate Allman.
Odd & even exploration
This lesson will involve students in using manipulatives to explore even and odd numbers.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Mathematics)
By Alta Allen.
Observing connections: North Carolina pottery and face jugs (Lesson 3)
This is the third lesson in a series of three in which students are creating art based on their observations: Lesson 1 Observing connections—art, poetry and the environment; Lesson 2 Observing connections—changing landscapes; Lesson 3 Observing connections—North Carolina pottery and face jugs.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4–5 Visual Arts Education and Social Studies)
By Lisa Mitchell.
Creating a safe space for students to take academic risks
In The First Year, page 1.6
A classroom culture that encourages students to take academic risks starts with the teacher.
Format: article/best practice
By Kristi Johnson Smith.Commentary and sidebar notes by Lindy Norman.
The mystery of the missing hippo!
In this lesson, students will engage with a variety of primary documents from the Commemorative Landscapes database to learn about the mystery of the missing hippo statue in Orange County.
Format: lesson plan
By Kate Allman.
Interdisciplinary Integrated Unit on DNA/Genetics Part C: Language Arts
The third lesson of an interdisciplinary integrated unit on DNA and genetics, focusing on language arts. The first two lessons in the unit focus on science and math.
Format: lesson plan (grade 7 English Language Arts and Information Skills)
By Jane Lentz, Jimmy White, Marlene Smith, and Tori Goldrick.
Integrating the internet into the curriculum: Jan Brett author study
Jan Brett's books will be used to integrate technology into different areas of the curriculum. The seven activities will each take about 30 minutes depending on the class. The highlight of the author study will be the design of a class multimedia presentation.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 Computer/Technology Skills, English Language Arts, Information Skills, and Social Studies)
By Barb Thorson.
Perspectives on school desegregation: Fran Jackson
In Postwar North Carolina, page 4.11
In North Carolina History: A Sampler, page 5.6
Interview with a woman who attended all-black schools in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and the town's first integrated high school, about her experiences. Includes historical background and commentary.
Format: interview/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by L. Maren Wood.
Beyond the headlines: Kyrgyzstan
In this lesson, students research the recent history of the former Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan and explore its strategic significance for world powers.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Social Studies)
By Jacqueline Olich.
Economic resources using thinking maps
This lesson uses several literature selections in order to identify and classify natural, human, and capital resources. Students will work together in small groups to gather information and individually complete a Thinking Map. The assessment includes completing a Tree Map individually and sharing group information with the rest of the class. This lesson will take two days.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Robin Campbell.
Polar bears: Keeping warm at the Arctic
Students will learn about the polar bear's body coverings and how they help it to survive in the Arctic climate. The activities include a trip to the North Carolina Zoological park and a hands-on experiment to facilitate this goal, followed by reflection on and communication of what they have learned using a variety of media including art and literature.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4 Science)
By Sandy Hardin.
Perfecting the circle
See how one teacher reshaped literature circles to fit her middle school classroom.
By Beth Salyers.
Investigative science for middle school teachers
The online course "Investigative Science for Middle School Teachers" requires participants to think about the scientific process and how it applies to teaching science in the middle school classroom.
Format: article/online course
Interdisciplinary teaching
This education reference article explains the concept of interdisciplinary teaching and discusses considerations for developing interdisciplinary curriculum.
Format: article
By Heather Coffey.
Learn about the history, cultures, and geography of the nations and peoples of Asia from this sampling of great educational resources that can be found on LEARN NC.
Format: bibliography/help
If he's in danger of failing, at least three people need to know it
In The First Year, page 4.1
Get in touch with parents to prevent students' failure, not just to report on it.
Format: article
By Kristi Johnson Smith.Commentary and sidebar notes by Lindy Norman.