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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Short lessons of five to twenty minutes used to introduce or reinforce critical information or learning strategies.

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Adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions can be confusing and even intimidating to many students. LEARN NC has put together a list of the best lesson plans and websites available to help your students learn about and be comfortable with fractions.
Format: bibliography/help
Lesson plans on the web
In Election 2008, page 3.1
A collection of resources and activities for students and teachers that focus on the 2008 election as well as the election process.
Format: bibliography
Letter recognition with Alphabet Band and Express
This activity will reinforce letter recognition along with letter order. Students will watch a video, listen to stories and play CD games on the computer to aid in recognition of alphabet letters, sounds and order.
Format: lesson plan (grade K English Language Arts)
By Levrah Hall.
Learn about your county
This activity will allow fourth grade students in North Carolina to learn more about the counties that surround their home county. Using online images, students will create a multimedia presentation to share with others.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4 Computer/Technology Skills, English Language Arts, and Social Studies)
By Clarice Poovey.
Local authors database
Search through more than 200 authors in 15 minutes to answer specific questions. Add records and fields to an incomplete database.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 Computer/Technology Skills)
By DPI Integration Strategies.
Bulletin board of story elements
This lesson will introduce young children to the elements of stories starting with characters. Children will be involved with interactive writing as they respond to shared reading lessons. Students will illustrate a caption of a character to be displayed on a bulletin board.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 English Language Arts)
Fun with division
Students will learn division concepts through the use of The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins and a poem entitled "Dividing up Bugs." Students will be involved in hands on activities in order to gain an understanding of division. This lesson plan integrates communication skills, math, and technology.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3 English Language Arts and Mathematics)
By Grace Blythe.
Appositive action
Appositives are descriptive phrases, set off by commas, that modify a noun or noun phrase. Using appositives helps writers create sentences that are smoother and less choppy. In this lesson, students will learn to combine 2 or more descriptive sentences and action sentences into one sentence with an appositive phrase.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–5 English Language Arts)
By DPI Writing Strategies.
"Twas the Night Before Christmas": Retelling through thinking maps
After reading and discussing “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” students will work together to create a Flow Map. Each student will then use the map they created individually to retell the story in his/her own words.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2 English Language Arts)
By Amy Rhyne, Paulette Keys, and Sarah Carson.
Pliny and the Eruption of Mt. Vesuvius
The purpose of this lesson is to use earth science concepts--from volcanology--to explain to students studying the letter of Pliny the Younger to the historian Tacitus how Mt. Vesuvius erupted in AD 79. Students will study and demonstrate mastery of the eruption and its historical impact through a webquest on Pompeii, reading of an articles with appropriate content-area reading support, participation in interactive lecture, writing of a journal entry about life in Pompeii at the time of the eruption, oral presentations on life in Pompeii, reviewing of the grammatical functions of all tenses of participles, and using a rubric to evaluate a video on Pompeii to be used for instruction.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Second Languages)
By Gregory King-Owen.
Culminating activity: BRP video advertisement
In Driving through time: The digital Blue Ridge Parkway, page 4.7
In this culminating activity, students create a documentary video about the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Format: lesson plan
By Melissa Harden.
Lesson plans and activities on the web
In Election 2012, page 3.1
A collection of resources and activities for students and teachers that focus on the 2012 election as well as the election process.
Format: bibliography
Math Fun
We have compiled some of our favorite mathematics instructional resources to help students develop a sense of numbers and how they are used by us everyday. Students will have fun practicing their skills and trying new problem-solving ideas.
Format: bibliography/help
Send me to Congress
Students learn about the qualifications for and job descriptions of members of the U.S.Senate or the U.S.House of Representatives by designing and creating a campaign brochure. Students apply their knowledge of these requirements by "selling" their candidate to the general public.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–10 Social Studies)
By Tim Raines.
The interactive whiteboard in your classroom
This article helps educators "think outside of the box" when using Interactive Whiteboards in their classrooms and provides innovative strategies that engage students and make them equal partners in the instructional process.
Format: article/best practice
By Bill Ferriter.
Baseball fun: Percentages, decimals, and fractions
Students will learn the concepts behind fractions, decimals, and percents by using sports statistics found on baseball cards.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 Mathematics)
By Adrian Bustle.
g: A pendulum
Students will time the periods of pendulums to determine if length or mass affects them. Students can then use a pendulum to calculate the acceleration of gravity.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 English Language Arts and Science)
By Bill Sowell.
Visualizations: Black poet, Langston Hughes
Third grade or fourth grade students will have an opportunity to read and appreciate selected poetry of the African-American poet, Langston Hughes.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–5 English Language Arts and Information Skills)
By Floanna Long.
Strawberry DNA extraction
In CareerStart lessons: Grade seven, page 3.2
In this lesson for grade seven, students extract DNA from a strawberry and discuss careers related to genetics.
Format: lesson plan (grade 7–9 English Language Arts and Science)
By Michelle Arias.Adapted by Mitzi Talbert.
An American hero: Harriet Tubman
In this lesson, the school librarian and classroom teacher should work together to teach students about the life of Harriet Tubman in recognition of African-American History and Cultural Heritage Month.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 Information Skills and Social Studies)
By Floanna Long.