K-12 Teaching and Learning From the UNC School of Education


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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)
Both math and art include elements of design. Explore the relationship between form and function as well as pattern, shape, and space using these educational resources.
Format: bibliography/help
Geometry and art: Art museum visit
This lesson is the second in a three-part unit integrating math, writing and visual arts. In this lesson students apply their knowledge of geometry by sorting, classifying and counting plane geometric figures during a visit to the art museum to look at and compare twentieth- century paintings. Students then collect data and share what they observe.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–2 Visual Arts Education and Mathematics)
By Loretta Hopper.
Geometry and art: Art museum pre-visit
This lesson is the first of a three-part unit integrating math, writing and visual arts. In this discovery learning activity, students look at and compare two works of art. The paintings are quite different, but they contain many examples of geometric shapes. Students then complete a comment sheet, explaining what is similar and different about the works of art. This lesson can be used alone or used to prepare students for an art museum visit.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1–2 Visual Arts Education)
By Loretta Hopper.
CareerStart lessons: Grade eight
This collection of lessons aligns the eighth grade curriculum in math, science, English language arts, and social studies with potential career opportunities.
Format: (multiple pages)
Problem centered math
Why students must build their own understanding of mathematics if they are to be able to use it in the real world, and how teachers can guide them in doing so.
Format: series (multiple pages)
On track learning: Safety through technology and design
This unit is an eighth grade curriculum that integrates 4-H topics with science and math. Using the theme of safety and NASCAR racing, the overall objective is for students to design a car that will protect its passenger from injury.
Format: lesson plan (multiple pages)
Mathematics Methods: 9-12 Model Lessons
In Preservice teacher education resources, page 4.5
Algebra Arithmetic with Polynomials & Rational Expressions Graphing Quadratic Equations Chutes...
Format: article/teacher's guide
A hula hoop is like a racetrack: Calculating the circumference, radius, and area of a circle
In On track learning: Safety through technology and design, page 10
In this lesson, students will use hoops of different sizes to explore geometry concepts such as circumference, area, and radius. They will also use indirect measurement and calculate percent of error.
Format: lesson plan (grade 7–10 Mathematics)
By Roxanne Moses.
Stamp it here, stamp it there, stamp it where?
Using a drawing program (Kid Pix), students will integrate English Language Arts and Technology Skills as they work with Geometry skills.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Mathematics)
By Mary Rizzo.
Geometry and art: Art museum post-visit
This is the third lesson in a three-part unit integrating math, writing and visual arts. In this integrated lesson, students apply their knowledge of geometry by organizing and displaying information in graphs with correct labeling. Students then compare and analyze graphs. Finally, with this information students create a geometric design.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1–2 Visual Arts Education and Mathematics)
By Loretta Hopper.
Valentine geometry
Combine geometry construction skills with language arts and artistic ability.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Mathematics)
By Tanis Schick.
Mathematics Methods: K-5 Model Lessons
In Preservice teacher education resources, page 4.3
Common Core State Standards Counting and Cardinality Critical Understandings: number names, count sequence, comparing numbers Counting Fun (Grade K)...
Format: article/teacher's guide
Talking geometry through quilts
This lesson plan is designed to use quilts as a visual prompt to review mathematics vocabulary associated with geometry in the third grade curriculum. A hands-on activity serves as a practice and review at the conclusion of this lesson.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2 Mathematics)
By Rendy King.
Paint tools & geometric figures
This lesson is meant to teach or review for third grade students the use of Paint tools. These tools are generic to many multimedia tools such as HyperStudio and Kid Pix. For the student who is unfamiliar with "Paint," it provides another tool of expression and illustration.
This lesson is also designed to reinforce geometry math skills. This ability to illustrate a three dimensional object on a flat one dimensional surface is important to enable the student to visualize geometry math problems.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1–3 Computer/Technology Skills and Mathematics)
By Barbara Waters.
Our geometric world
The students will use newspaper and magazine pictures to recognize geometric figures within the real world. They will make a collage of pictures showing various geometric shapes. They will write a summary of the shapes that are represented in their collage.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3 Mathematics)
By Robin Ward.
Solid graphing
The students will review solid figures using a baggie of assorted snack mix (cones, cubes, cylinders, and spheres) and will begin a vertical bar graph showing the number of each solid figure in a bag of assorted snack mix.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2–3 Mathematics)
By Lisa Fletcher.
Fun with angles
This lesson plan will help the students visualize the different angles (corresponding, alternate interior, and same-side interior) when coplanar lines are cut by a transversal.
Format: lesson plan (grade 7–8 Mathematics)
By Scott Black.
Hurricane storm surges
In Hurricanes on sandy shorelines: Lessons for development, page 5
Figure 2 illustrates just how high hurricane storm surges can get along the gently sloping shorefaces of the southeastern United States. The photograph is of an exhibit at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. The exhibit stands 6.5 feet above mean sea...
By Dirk Frankenberg.
Everyday geometry: Hidden figures and polygons
A lesson plan for grade 5 math in which students use historical photographs and drafting plans to demonstrate their knowledge of mathematical figures and polygons.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–5 Mathematics)
By Sonna Jamerson.