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 learning cycle
A three-part model of scientific inquiry that encourages students to develop their own understanding of a scientific concept, explore and deepen that understanding, and then apply the concept to new situations.
Format: article/best practice
By David Walbert.
Sir Walter Raleigh and South America
Short explanatory passages written for students about the life of Sir Walter Raleigh, specifically as it pertains to the history of South America.
Format: series (multiple pages)
Routes of exploration and westward expansion, 1835–1850
Routes of exploration and westward expansion, 1835–1850
Format: image/map
International Space Station scenario
In CareerStart lessons: Grade six, page 3.6
In this lesson for grade 6, students will learn about the International Space Station and will explore the many careers associated with it.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6 Guidance and Science)
By April Galloway and Christine Scott.
Discovering North Carolina: A colonial map webquest
In North Carolina maps, page 2.5
In this lesson, students engage in a webquest in which they take on the role of a seventeenth-century explorer commissioned by the King of England to collect information about the area he intends to call North Carolina. Through this activity, students identify the geographic aspects that influenced exploration and settlement and connect narratives with geographic locations for topics including discovery, Native Americans, and politics.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Jennifer Job.
Percent problem solving
Students apply their knowledge of fractions, decimals, and percents to understand the relationship amongst the three. Students will solve basic percent number problems using the percent proportion or other methods and play a game using a resource of the Shodor Education Foundation, Inc. Permission has been granted to use the materials as part of the Interactivate Your Bored Math Students workshop. Students will also analyze and explain the results of their game by answering two exploration questions.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–7 Mathematics)
By Victoria Lunetta.
North Carolina Collection Gallery
Early exploration of North Carolina, the Algonquin culture, the Roanoke Island settlement - these are just some of the exhibits that can be seen at the North Carolina Collection Gallery in Wilson Library on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
NASA spin-offs
In CareerStart lessons: Grade six, page 3.7
NASA spin-offs are technologies and processes that were created by or for NASA but have been applied to everyday life. In this lesson for grade 6, students learn about NASA spin-offs and how they relate to various careers.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6 Guidance)
By April Galloway and Christine Scott.
Two worlds: Educator's guide
Lesson plans and activities to be used with "Two Worlds: Prehistory, Contact, and the Lost Colony" -- the first part of a North Carolina history textbook for secondary students.
Format: book (multiple pages)
Social Studies Methods: 9-12 Model Lessons
In Preservice teacher education resources, page 2.5
World History Critical Understandings: ancient civilizations, medieval civilizations, first age of global interaction, exploration and expansion, Age of Revolutions and Rebellions, modern era, and the last half of the twentieth century...
Format: article/teacher's guide
Suggestions for teachers
This curriculum contains a great deal of information about North Carolina processes that are at work throughout the state and beyond. For that reason, the specific context of the Outer Banks is a setting through which you may facilitate conceptual understandings...
Format: article/teacher's guide
By Stanley R. Riggs, Dorothea Ames, and Karen Dawkins.
CareerStart lessons: Grade six
This collection of lessons aligns the sixth grade curriculum in math, science, English language arts, and social studies with potential career opportunities.
Format: (multiple pages)
Writing activities: William Hilton explores the Cape Fear River
Writing activities suggested to accompany students' reading of a primary source document — a 1663 report by the English explorer William Hilton about the geography and native peoples of the Cape Fear region.
Format: activity/lesson plan (grade 8 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Welcome to the New World
This lesson provides students an opportunity to read and interpret writings of the late 1500's and to transfer the information provided in the writings into a visual medium as a means of understanding and interpretation. The lesson also provides students practice in persuasive techniques.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Barbara Jean.
Spark students' interest in outer space with this collection of great astronomy websites found in LEARN NC's Best of the Web.
Format: bibliography/help
Maize in Mozambique
Maize in Mozambique
In Mozambique, a woman harvests maize. Maize (or corn) is native to the Americas, but was introduced in Africa in the late fifteen or early sixteenth century, following Spanish exploration of the "New World." The environment of southern Africa proved favorable...
Format: image/photograph
Origami geometry
Students apply their knowledge of geometric terms to follow directions while folding an origami sculpture. Students then solve math problems which relate to the project with follow-up discussions about the project relating to geometric terms such as symmetry, faces, edges, square, triangle, plane, etc.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–5 Mathematics)
By Cherl Hollada, Libby Morrison, Michelle Kaczynski, and Susan Pope.
Buzz Aldrin
Buzz Aldrin
Astronaut Edwin E. Aldrin Jr. (more commonly known as "Buzz"), poses for a photograph beside the United States flag during Apollo 11 moon landing. The Lunar Module "Eagle" is on the left. The footprints of the astronauts are clearly visible in the soil of...
Format: image/photograph
Discovery learning
This reference article explains the theory of discovery learning and discusses its history and its use in the classroom.
Format: article
By Heather Coffey.
Exploring the families of instruments
Students will learn about the families of instruments and conclude the lesson by constructing a model instrument from one of the families studied.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–4 Music Education)
By Leslie Cothern.