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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Coastal processes and conflicts: North Carolina's Outer Banks
The lessons in this unit allow students to explore the processes affecting North Carolina's Outer Banks and the impact these processes have on daily life there.
Format: lesson plan (multiple pages)
Photo analysis: Focus on geography
A worksheet for students to use when analyzing photographs, focusing on information about the geography of the region in which they were taken.
Format: worksheet
By Eric Eaton.
Report of Vice-Consul R. E. Heide on the Resources, Trade and Commerce of North Carolina (1875)
An 1875 report on the population, geography, industry, and natural resources of North Carolina, with particular attention to shipping, navigation, and the production of naval stores.
Format: book (multiple pages)
North Carolina maps
A collection of lesson plans for grades K-12 centered on historic maps of North Carolina
Format: lesson plan (multiple pages)
The five themes of geography
In CareerStart lessons: Grade six, page 4.6
In this lesson for grade six, students will explore different career paths based on the five themes of geography.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–7 Guidance and Social Studies)
By Shea Calloway.
Map skills and higher-order thinking
This series of articles looks at map skills as a kind of visual literacy, considering what maps are, how they're made, and the higher-order thinking skills students need to move from simply decoding maps to fully comprehending them.
Format: series (multiple pages)
Photo comparison: Focus on geography
A worksheet for students to use when comparing photographs, focusing on information about the population of the region in which they were taken.
Format: worksheet
By Eric Eaton.
North Carolina's physical and cultural geography
In Two worlds: Educator's guide, page 1.3
In this lesson students will make assumptions about the influence of geography on various aspects of historical human and cultural geography.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
We have a story to tell: Native peoples of the Chesapeake region
Readings and lesson plans exploring the historical and ongoing challenges faced by the American Indians of the Chesapeake Bay region, since the time of their first contact with Europeans in the early 1600s.
Format: series (multiple pages)
"Two Worlds" introductory activity
In Two worlds: Educator's guide, page 1.1
Through the use of a carousel brainstorming strategy, this introductory activity for 8th grade social studies enables teachers to discover what their students already know about the geography and history of North Carolina. Students will work cooperatively and will recognize that they have much to learn about their state.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Connecting oral history to geography: The changes of Madison County
In North Carolina maps, page 2.4
In this lesson, students ground the story of a county in corresponding maps. Students will show an understanding of the geography surrounding an oral history.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Jennifer Job.
Traveling through Africa
Students will plan a one-week, three country trip through Africa and create a travelogue of places they will visit. The students will create an electronic scrapbook of highlights of the trip (including cultural highlights, historical points of interest, geographic features, etc.)
Format: lesson plan (grade 7 Social Studies)
By Ren Bryan.
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)
Learn more about the history, cultures, and geography of the “land down under” with this sampling of great educational resources found on LEARN NC.
Format: bibliography/help
My North Carolina
In North Carolina maps, page 1.3
Using word association and early maps of North Carolina, students will examine their preconceptions about the state and connect them to what they learn. This is intended to be used before any lesson about colonial times or discovery of America in general—the students can consider themselves "explorers" along with the ones they learn about.
Format: lesson plan
By Jennifer Job.
Social Studies Methods: K-5 Model Lessons
In Preservice teacher education resources, page 2.3
Essential Standards History Critical Understandings: understanding change over time, narrative nature of history, sources of history, historical thinking, North Carolina history, United States History My...
Format: article/teacher's guide
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Format: image/photograph
Crops and livestock
In Antebellum North Carolina, page 2.1
A series of maps based on U.S. Census of Agriculture data show changes in North Carolina's agriculture over time.
2007 Physical map of the world
2007 Physical map of the world
Format: image/map
Geography centers
A geography unit in which students investigate and compare their hometowns and other cities. The unit incorporates nine centers: math, science, social studies, reading, writing, computers, puzzles and games, art, and listening. They all have activities that are integrated with the geography unit.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1–2 Visual Arts Education and Social Studies)
By Laurie Perry.