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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Key industries: Information technology
In Recent North Carolina, page 3.7
The information technology industry has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years, fueling the American economic boom of the 1990s and subsequent growth and development. This article looks at the growth of that industry in North Carolina
Format: article
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)
Key industries: Biotechnology
In Recent North Carolina, page 3.4
Biotechnology is a perfect example of a "new economy" industry, a sector that did not exist as we know it a century ago but is a major economic driver for many national and regional economies today. This article gives an overview of the biotechnology industry in North Carolina.
Format: article
The Fair Labor Standards Act
In The Great Depression and World War II, page 2.4
The Fair Labor Standards Act, signed into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on June 25, 1938, revolutionized the federal government's oversight of industry. Although it directly impacted only about a quarter of American workers, in affected industries, it banned oppressive child labor, limited the workweek to 44 hours, and established a minimum wage of 25 cents an hour.
Format: article
Naval stores
In Teaching about North Carolina American Indians, page 2.5
Introduction From early Colonial times until the Civil War, the naval industry was important to North Carolina. The term naval stores describes all products of the gum of the pine tree. The name itself explains its use in the shipbuilding industry....
Format: lesson plan (grade 4 Social Studies)
By Gazelia Carter.
Key industries: Banking and finance
In Recent North Carolina, page 3.3
An overview of the history of the banking industry in North Carolina.
Format: article
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
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...
Format: image/photograph
Longleaf pine savanna
In Wetlands of the coastal plains, page 3
We begin with the longleaf pine savanna. We start with this habitat not only because longleaf pine (Pinus palustris) is the official state tree, but also because these habitats are simply beautiful to behold. These communities evolved...
By Dirk Frankenberg.
Home-made bricks in Medellin, Colombia
Home-made bricks in Medellin, Colombia
Numerous gray bricks are spread out in front of a crude brick-making facility. Medellín is a fast-growing city in Colombia. Heavy investment in industry has made Medellín's economy one of the strongest in the country. This photo shows that traditional industries...
Format: image/photograph
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.
North Carolina in the New South
Primary sources and readings explore North Carolina in the decades after the Civil War (1870–1900). Topics include changes in agriculture, the growth of cities and industry, the experiences of farmers and mill workers, education, cultural changes, politics and political activism, and the Wilmington Race Riot.
Format: book (multiple pages)
Alamance Cotton Mill
Alamance Cotton Mill
Alamance Cotton Mill, as it appeared in 1837 shortly after construction. The mill was built by Edwin M. Holt, a pioneer of the Southern textile industry.
Format: image/photograph
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)
Careers in travel: Working with currency exchange
In CareerStart lessons: Grade six, page 4.5
In this lesson for grades six and seven, students will learn about foreign currency exchange rates and will understand the importance of currency exchange in the travel industry.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–7 Social Studies)
By Mandy Matlock.
A dying industry
In this lesson, students learn how tariffs protect certain domestic industries and consider the impact of that protection from a variety of perspectives.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–10 Social Studies)
By Susan Taylor.
Timbering
Timbering
This painting was first published in the National Park Service publication New Discoveries at Jamestown: Site of the First Successful English Settlement in America. The painting, which shows men working in the timber industry,...
Format: image/painting
Whip saw
Whip saw
Detail of a painting showing men using a two-person saw, or whip saw. The painting was first published in the National Park Service publication New Discoveries at Jamestown: Site of the First Successful...
Format: image/painting
North Carolina in the early 20th century
Primary sources and readings explore North Carolina in the first decades of the twentieth century (1900–1929). Topics include changes in technology and transportation, Progressive Era reforms, World War I, women's suffrage, Jim Crow and African American life, the cultural changes of the 1920s, labor and labor unrest, and the Gastonia stirke of 1929.
Format: book (multiple pages)
Canton Area Historical Museum
Students will learn about the beginnings of this western North Carolina town, it's history, and the industry that sustains it.
Format: article/field trip opportunity