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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North Carolina maps
A collection of lesson plans for grades K-12 centered on historic maps of North Carolina
Format: lesson plan (multiple pages)
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)
Underground Railroad routes
Underground Railroad routes
Format: image/map
Crops and livestock
In Antebellum North Carolina, page 2.1
A series of maps based on U.S. Census of Agriculture data show changes in North Carolina's agriculture over time.
Changes in agriculture
In Postwar North Carolina, page 2.4
In North Carolina History: A Sampler, page 6.4
A series of maps based on U.S. Census of Agriculture data show changes in North Carolina's agriculture over time.
Format: slideshow
Using primary documents: Analyzing North Carolina maps
In North Carolina maps, page 3.5
In this lesson, students use pre- and post-colonial maps to analyze North Carolina and how mapping of the state has changed over time. They use these maps to answer the historical question of how and why a state's perspective may change.
Format: lesson plan
By Jennifer Job.
Durant Nature Park
Enjoy a visit to this 237-acre City of Raleigh park and discover the flora and fauna of the area.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Map skills
In Map skills and higher-order thinking, page 1
It used to be a lot of work to make a map. Before computers, maps had to be meticulously drawn by hand, their grids and outlines relying on complicated pencil-and-paper calculations. Now, you can download map data from the U.S. Geologic Survey or the Census...
Format: article/best practice
By David Walbert.
My North Carolina
In North Carolina maps, page 1.3
Using word association and early maps of North Carolina, students will examine their preconceptions about the state and connect them to what they learn. This is intended to be used before any lesson about colonial times or discovery of America in general—the students can consider themselves "explorers" along with the ones they learn about.
Format: lesson plan
By Jennifer Job.
Ocracoke Island
There are many things to see on Ocracoke Island including the Ocracoke Lighthouse, the shortest lighthouse on the Outer Banks.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Thailand vegetation map, 1974
Thailand vegetation map, 1974
Format: image/map
Map of Thailand
Map of Thailand
Format: image/map
Reading maps: A process guide
In Map skills and higher-order thinking, page 15
In Educator's Guides: North Carolina Digital History, page 2.2
Maps, even contemporary ones, are basically primary sources that have to be analyzed and evaluated. This process guide for reading maps is based on Kathryn Walbert's model for approaching primary sources. I. Identification...
Format: worksheet/learner's guide
By David Walbert.
Blandwood Mansion
Built in 1846, Blandwood gives visitors a look into the past and is a wonderful example of the Tuscan architecture which was so popular in the mid nineteenth century.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Vance County Historical Museum
Discover the history of Vance County at this museum located in Henderson's downtown historic district.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
How are we changing North Carolina?
In North Carolina maps, page 2.2
In this lesson, students look at soil survey maps to draw conclusions about the impact North Carolinians have had on the land. This lesson is meant to accompany instruction on soil type, use, and erosion
Format: lesson plan
Ashe County Cheese
Say Cheese! See how cheese is made in this factory in West Jefferson, North Carolina.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Reading maps for town size in North Carolina
In North Carolina maps, page 1.1
In this lesson, students examine maps and map features to evaluate town size and growth over time.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2 Social Studies)
By Jennifer Job.
Catawba Firefighter's Museum
This museum has exhibits showing the history of firefighting in Catawba County with examples of firefighting equipment from earlier times.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Raleigh: A Capital City
An itinerary for a tour of the capital of the Old North State. The site provides information and photographs for Raleigh's historic districts, architecture, parks and recreational areas, and more.
Format: article/field trip opportunity