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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North Carolina Teacher Standards and Evaluation Process
Students will examine the standards and evaluation model in this online course.
Format: article/online course
Week 6: Completing the invention
In Invention convention, page 16
In this Invention Convention lesson, students finish constructing their inventions.
Format: lesson plan
By Briana Corke Pelton.
Student teams achievement divisions
In this learning model, teams are arranged after a teacher-led lesson. Team members tutor one another in order to achieve mastery of new concepts. Then, students take individual quizzes, but the team evaluation is based on individual scores. Student teams...
Format: article
By Heather Coffey.
Bloom's Taxonomy
Bloom's Taxonomy is a classification system developed in 1956 by education psychologist Benjamin Bloom to categorize intellectual skills and behavior important to learning. Bloom identified six cognitive levels: knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis,...
Format: article
By Heather Coffey.
Intrigue of the Past
Lesson plans and essays for teachers and students explore North Carolina's past before European contact. Designed for grades four through eight, the web edition of this book covers fundamental concepts, processes, and issues of archaeology, and describes the peoples and cultures of the Paleoindian, Archaic, Woodland, and Mississippian periods.
Format: book (multiple pages)
Arts at the core: Making standards work
This online professional development course helps participants understand how to create lesson plans that include embedded standards in the Fine Arts curriculum.
Format: article/online course
Introduction to online learning
"Introduction to Online Learning" is designed to introduce web-based learning to people who are new to the online learning environment.
Format: article/online course
Practicing multiples using Pascal's Triangle
This lesson will introduce students to Pascal's Triangle. Students will be introduced to the patterns in Pascal's Triangle and complete a 9 level triangle. Then they will color the multiples of specified numbers. This lesson uses resources of Shodor Education Foundation, Inc. Permission has been granted for the use of the materials as part of the workshop "Interactivate Your Bored Math Students".
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–4 Mathematics)
By Bonnie Boaz.
Why I am me timeline
Student develops a timeline that correlates personal life events with world events. Research and bibliographic skills are incorporated.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 Guidance and Information Skills)
By Rita Briggs.
Making a video critique of an information source
After finishing their social issues research paper for their English class (or any other type of research paper), students will write and present orally a critique of one information source used in their research papers. Students will work in pairs to videotape each other, and they must also design appropriate backdrops for their oral presentations. Students will watch and evaluate all critiques.

This interdisciplinary assignment combines information skills and language arts skills, and requires collaboration between the media specialist and the English teacher.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 English Language Arts and Information Skills)
By Bonnie Snyder.
The law and disabilities
A brief overview of two major laws — the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 — that protect students with disabilities in schools.
By Margaret P. Weiss.
M&M cafe
Students will be divided into small groups and be required to come up with two balanced meals and one unbalanced meal using breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2 Healthful Living)
By Barbara Money.
Concept maps: an introduction
Using concept maps can help students make connections among subject areas. This article explains how teachers can use concept maps effectively and provides links to tools for creating them online.
Format: article
By Bobby Hobgood, Ed.D..
Grassroots Science Museums Collaborative
Grassroots museums annually serve millions of citizens through general visitation, teacher training and special programs. Programs include both onsite and offsite presentations and reach students in every North Carolina school district.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Unpacking the questions: Improving students’ written comprehension on mClass Reading 3D’s TRC
This online course will cover how writing can improve students’ reading comprehension as well as how to help your students unpack comprehension questions.
Format: article/online course
That was then, this is now
Students will explore various career topics and study technological changes over last 30 years.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Guidance)
By Cary Lane Cockrell.
Romeo! Why do you have to be a doggone Montague?
Students will interpret and comprehend Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet," Act 2, Scene 2 (the balcony scene) through translating the original text and preparing a dramatic presentation of the scene for the class.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8–10 English Language Arts)
By Amanda Rowland.
North Carolina place names
In Intrigue of the Past, page 4.8
This lesson contrasts and compares the names that Native Americans living in North Carolina gave to their villages and places with the names that European and other settlers gave to theirs.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4 and 8 Social Studies)
DESTINY Traveling Science Learning Program
The DESTINY (Delivering Edge-Cutting Science Technology and Internet Across North Carolina for Years to Come) Traveling Science Learning Program is Morehead Planetarium and Science Center’s formal science education initiative serving pre-college teachers and students across North Carolina.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
LEP Training 101
This course will prepare you as you take on the role of a LEP Coordinator or ESL Teacher. Although you may already know theories or strategies for teaching ESL students, this course is like a manual to teach you the policies, procedures, and required job duties that accompany your job dealing with LEP students specifically in NC schools.
Format: article/online course