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

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oral history
A method of collecting historical information through recorded interviews with individuals who are willing to share their memories of the past.

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Rethinking Reports
Creative research-based assignments provide alternatives to the President Report, Animal Report, and Famous Person Report that ask students to think about old topics in new ways, work collaboratively, and develop products that support a variety of learning styles.
Format: series (multiple pages)
Cape Fear Museum of History and Science
The estimated 40,000+ artifacts in the collection of the Cape Fear Museum of History and Science relate to the history, science and cultures of the Lower Cape Fear.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
The Walking Classroom
Lesson plans and podcasts aligned to the fifth grade curriculum.
Format: lesson plan (multiple pages)
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)
Cowan Museum of History and Science
A trip through the Cowan Museum of History and Science is an entertaining and rich cultural experience for all ages.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Recent North Carolina
Primary sources and readings explore recent North Carolina (1975–present). Topics include politics, the economy, the environment, natural disasters, and increasing diversity.
Format: book (multiple pages)
CareerStart lessons: Grade seven
This collection of lessons aligns the seventh grade curriculum in math, science, English language arts, and social studies with potential career opportunities.
Format: (multiple pages)
North Carolina Maritime Museum
Students will learn about the rich maritime history of the North Carolina coast as well as the coastal environment and barrier island ecology.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Betsy-Jeff Penn 4-H Educational Center
This 4-H Educational Center provides year-round programming, including team-building and environmental education to students in 2nd through 6th grades.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Fontana Dam
Learn about the history of the Tennessee Valley Authority and hydroelectric power at Fontana Dam.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
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)
West Point on the Eno
This park offers environmental and historical programs for K-12 students in beautiful, natural surroundings.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
CSI Dublin: The Hunt for the Irish Potato Killer
In these lesson plans, students will act as CSI agents investigating the mysterious pathogen that caused the massive potato crop failure and resultant Great Famine of 1845 in Ireland.
Format: lesson plan (multiple pages)
North Carolina Museum of Forestry
There is a rich history of forestry in North Carolina. Visit the NC Museum of Forestry and connect with our forest natural history and its cultural heritage.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Shore-Styers Mill Nature Park
This primitive site lies alongside a large waterfall, and contains the ruins of a gristmill, circa 1895.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Giant Ground Sloth skeleton at Cape Fear Museum of History and Science
Giant Ground Sloth skeleton at Cape Fear Museum of History and Science
At Cape Fear Museum of History and Science in Wilmington, North Carolina, the skeleton of a Giant Ground Sloth towers menacingly. The Giant Ground Sloth was a mammal that lived in North America during the Pleistocene Epoch.
Format: image/photograph
Catawba Science Center
Students will enjoy visiting the Catawba Science Center, a hands-on museum, where learning is fun!
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Carolina Ocean Studies
A visit to the beautiful barrier islands and ocean reefs of North Carolina will help students understand the importance of our coastal environment and the habitat of the creatures that live there.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Stevens Nature Center at Hemlock Bluffs
Provides information about the natural history of the Hemlocks Bluff Nature Preserve and the plants and animals that live there.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Benjamin Banneker
The Walking Classroom kids discuss the famous inventor, scientist, astronomer, and writer, Benjamin Banneker. They discuss the challenges that he faced as a black man in the 1700’s. They also talk about his contributions to science and literature and the...
Format: audio/podcast