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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hands-on activities
Instructional activity in which students actively work with and manuipulate materials and objects in order to study a concept or solve problems.

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Why does chemistry matter in my life?
This series of high school chemistry lesson plans addresses questions about the relevance of chemistry in everyday life.
Format: lesson plan (multiple pages)
Classroom food web
This lesson is to demonstrate which organisms feed on one another and how food webs are created.
Format: lesson plan (grade 5 Science)
By Kurt Oswald.
Tennis skills
Students will refine their basic tennis skills by participating in a variety of activities for the beginner.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 )
By Larry Siers.
Making change to $1.00.
In this lesson students will work in small groups making change to $1.00 using coins and pictures of items priced from Sunday fliers. In advance the teacher will cut out pictures of items costing less than $1.00.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2 Mathematics)
By Julie Hohns.
Sorting again and again!
Students will discover that beans have many attributes and they will sort them accordingly.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 Mathematics)
By Melanie Kush.
Domino fun!
Students will use a domino turned vertically and count the dots in the top section and the dots in the bottom section and add the 2 numbers together and write an equation. Students can make a domino to eat.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 Mathematics)
By Lydia Wilson.
Hands up for telling time
This introductory lesson on telling time will expose children to clocks and how they work. Children will begin to understand how to tell time and how the two separate hands on the clock operate. They will also gain understanding of the concept of time in general.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1–2 Mathematics)
By Lisa Williamson.
Soooooo tall!
Students will build a figure out of Legos. There are two groups, and each group is competing with the other. Students build their tower of Legos as high as they can and then measure with a ruler or yard stick. The tower has to be free-standing so the children have to think of ways to keep the tower standing by itself.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2–3 Mathematics)
By Beverly Rose.
Graphing with food
Students will use a variety of foods to make graphs. Each food should be used for a separate lesson for a total of ten lessons.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 Mathematics)
By Bunnie R. Brewer.
Passing for success
Student will learn how to pass a basketball, one of the skills necessary to succeed at the game of basketball.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Healthful Living)
By Pierre Dacons.
Sum calculator fun
Students work in pairs to practice math facts and use calculators to check answers.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2 Mathematics)
By Laurie Melton.
Growing cooties
This lesson teaches the importance of washing hands to reduce the spread of germs. In this lesson, students will see mold develop over time on a potato as the result of handling the potato with dirty hands.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 Healthful Living)
By Ronda Odenwelder.
Who's unique?
Encourages students to examine their ideas about how they are different and similar to each other by participating in an activity and then discussing their thoughts.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–5 Guidance and Healthful Living)
Exploring place value with M&Ms
This lesson will use M&Ms to explore place value. The students are given 8-10 M&Ms and assigned a value for each color from one to hundred thousand. The students will then write their number in standard, written and expanded form. The students will also identify the place and value of various digits.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4 Mathematics)
By Amy Bullins.
Gallon man saves the day
The "gallon man" is a graphic organizer that helps students visualize and remember the contents of a gallon. It makes conversions from pints to quarts etc., and it is very easy for students to use.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3 Mathematics)
By Jimmy Davis.
Gorgeous glittery glasses
The students will use lower case g to create glasses for letter g representation.
Format: lesson plan (grade K English Language Arts)
By Debbie Davis.
Everybody show
This math game teaches number recognition and progression, and strengthens rote counting skills.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Mathematics)
By Mary Waldrup.
More, less, and equal
Students will identify sets and numbers that are more, less, or equal to each other while participating in a variety of games and activities.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Mathematics)
By Rachel Fiscus.
Meter madness
The students will identify 2/4, 3/4, and 4/4 time signatures. They will also identify the down-beat and begin to understand conducting patterns.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 Music Education)
By Alice Barlowe.
Join up
This lesson is designed to help students look more closely at the reasons why Paul and his friends from the novel All Quiet on the Western Front, along with other soldiers, joined the armed forces in WWI. Through primary sources and the novel, students will have a better understanding of propaganda and how it affects people.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–10 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Kari Siko.