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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Furniture at Hickory Chair
Furniture at Hickory Chair
An upholstered chair stands in the manufacturing area of Hickory Chair, a furniture company in Hickory, North Carolina.
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World's largest chest of drawers
World's largest chest of drawers
This over-sized chest of drawers in High Point, North Carolina is believed to be the world's largest. Because of its important role in furniture manufacturing, High Point has been called the "Furniture Capital of the World."
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Thomas Day statue
Thomas Day statue
Statue of famous North Carolina furniture maker Thomas Day at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh. Day, a free black man, moved to Caswell County in 1825 at the age of 24, and quickly became one of the area's most respected and productive furniture...
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Is China to blame?
In this lesson, students participate in a Paideia seminar about North Carolina's dwindling furniture industry.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–10 Social Studies)
By Susan Taylor.
Key industries: Furniture
In Recent North Carolina, page 3.5
The traditional North Carolina furniture industry has been experiencing drastic changes in the past decade. This article gives an overview of the industry's history and current state in North Carolina.
Format: article
Thomas Day chairs
Thomas Day chairs
Wooden chairs made by the famous North Carolina furniture maker Thomas Day.
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World's largest chest of drawers in High Point, NC
World's largest chest of drawers in High Point, NC
This is the original world's largest chest of drawers in High Point, North Carolina. The socks dangling out of the front of the drawer symbolize the area's hosiery industry, while the dresser itself represents the area's strong furniture industry. The building...
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Mrs. W. H. Bryant
In Tobacco bag stringing: Life and labor in the Depression, page 2.6
MRS. W. H. BRYANT, Wilkes County, N.C., has 9 children, one of whom is married and also has 1 child and lives with her. INCOME: Husband works fairly steadily at the furniture factory for $10 to $15 a week. Only other income is $2.50 a week for stringing bags...
Thomas Day
In Antebellum North Carolina, page 4.4
Biography of Thomas Day, a free African American in antebellum Caswell County who was North Carolina's most famous furniture craftsman and cabinetmaker.
Format: article
Grandfather clock at Allen House
Grandfather clock at Allen House
This view of the inside of the Allen House in Alamance County, N.C. shows the kind of furniture that was present when the house was occupied in the late 1700s. To the right of an open door is a tall grandfather clock, made entirely of wood and brought from...
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The Big Chair in Thomasville, North Carolina
The Big Chair in Thomasville, North Carolina
This is the Big Chair in Thomasville, North Carolina. The over-sized seat is a symbol of the county's famous furniture industry.
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Interior Design Project
Within this lesson, students will role play the job of an interior designer.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–12 )
By Shannon Braxton.
Colonial bed at Allen House
Colonial bed at Allen House
Inside view of the Allen House in Alamance County, N.C., showing the kind of furniture and household items that would have been present when the house was occupied in the late 1700s. In the center of the image is a wooden-framed bed with a straw mattress supported...
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Reading and chatting
In Contemporary life in Vietnam, page 16
Most Southeast Asians use woven mats somewhere in their homes, often as decorative floor coverings, but also sometimes as spaces for eating or sleeping. Mats essentially pre-date most forms of furniture in Southeast Asia, and they were originally all woven...
By Lorraine Aragon.
Tarkil Branch Farm's Homestead Museum
Take a trip back in time to this working farm and museum. Comprised of 32 exhibits and over 850 items, students studying North Carolina history will see what it was like living on a farm in the nineteenth century.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
The closing of a factory
In Recent North Carolina, page 3.2
In North Carolina History: A Sampler, page 5.8
Excerpts from two oral history interviews about the closing of the White Furniture Factory in Mebane, North Carolina, in the 1990s. Includes historical background.
Format: interview/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by L. Maren Wood.
Colonial cupboard and desk at Allen House
Colonial cupboard and desk at Allen House
Inside view of the Allen House in Alamance County, N.C., showing the kind of furniture and household items that would have been present when the house was occupied in the late 1700s. A tall wooden cupboard stands against the wall with dried gourds and clay...
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Old Fort Railroad Museum
Old Fort, North Carolina has been undergoing a great renovation and the Depot is no exception. The Railroad Depot houses the Railroad Museum and contains memorabilia, tools, and furniture from the early railroad period.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Woodworkers and finishers: Working with area
In CareerStart lessons: Grade eight, page 3.6
In this lesson, students participate in a furniture-finishing scenario in which they draw and calculate the area of a set of tabletops with different shapes.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 Mathematics)
By Valerie Davis, Sonya Rexrode, and Monika Vasili.
Catawba County Museum of History
Visit the museum and see exhibits ranging from colonial times and the Revolutionary War to religion and education.
Format: article/field trip opportunity