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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Reed Gold Mine (NC Historic Site)
Visitors can explore the gold mine and see historical mining equipment, gold ore, and much more at this North Carolina historic site.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
North Carolina Mining Museum at Emerald Village
A visit to this area is as educational as it is fun. Students will learn the history of mining in the North Carolina mountains and enjoy exploring a real mine and panning for gems.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Mining for clay
Mining for clay
Format: image/photograph
Gem Mountain Gemstone Mines
Along with panning for gemstones, students will learn about gems and the rich mining heritage in North Carolina.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Primary and secondary clays
In Clays of the Piedmont: Origins, recovery, and use, page 1.1
The old photograph on the introductory page and Figure 1 show secondary and primary clays being recovered from the earth's crust in North Carolina's Piedmont. Most of the clays used in pottery are secondary, but much brick-making clay and some specialized...
By Dirk Frankenberg.
Learning to use R statistical software for data mining — An extension of linear regression to multiple variables
In Understanding data mining: Extracting, organizing, and analyzing large sets of data, page 3
In this lesson, students will use the free R statistical software to navigate through the basics of data mining, a process in which the effects of individual variables can be determined. Students will utilize multiple methods of variable selection — forward selection, backward selection, and stepwise selection — in an attempt to determine which variables are most influential in a given situation.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Mathematics)
By Dail Midgette.
Old Pressley Sapphire Mine
Students can try doing some mining and learn how the rocks and gemstones were formed.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
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)
Vulcan Materials Company: Joseph Andres Gutierrez Geology - Earth Science Museum and Education Center
See the museum exhibits on rocks and minerals as well as a rock quarry with large category equipment and an overlook. The center also offers wildlife habitat preservation and environmental education at a number of its quarries across the state.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
The North Carolina Gold Rush
In North Carolina in the New Nation, page 6.1
Gold was discovered in Cabarrus County, North Carolina, in 1799, and within a few years, the North Carolina Gold Rush was on. Men arrived in the Piedmont to work in the mines, many of them from Cornwall in England.
Format: article
By Rebecca Lewis.
Understanding data mining: Extracting, organizing, and analyzing large sets of data
Mathematics students in grades nine through twelve will be able to extract useful information from large sets of data that represent multiple disciplines. Using these real-world applications, students will analyze data and use their findings to make predictions and to provide solutions to problems.
Format: lesson plan (multiple pages)
Brevard Station Museum
This museum provides a collection of interesting stories, facts, recollections, pictures and tidbits relating to the history of Stanley, Gaston County, North Carolina.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Secondary and Primary Piedmont Clays
Secondary and Primary Piedmont Clays
Format: image/photograph
Learning to use R statistical software for data mining — Putting it all together
In Understanding data mining: Extracting, organizing, and analyzing large sets of data, page 4
Students will mine data to identify the variables that most significantly impact the...
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Mathematics)
By Dail Midgette.
Learning about rocks
In this lesson, students will be engaged in hands-on experiences while they explore rocks.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 Mathematics and Science)
By Debbie Hansman.
View of the Gold Hill works
View of the Gold Hill works
Format: image/illustration
Map of North Carolina showing the Gold Region (1847)
Map of North Carolina showing the Gold Region (1847)
Format: image/map
Clays of the Piedmont: Origins, recovery, and use
A “virtual field trip” through the North Carolina Piedmont and thousands of years of history explains the origin of Piedmont clays and how clay is made into pottery. With high-resolution photographs.
Format: slideshow (multiple pages)
From the North Carolina Gold-Mine Company
In North Carolina in the New Nation, page 6.3
An 1806 report on North Carolina's gold mining region, including notes on geology and a description of the early work of mining. Includes historical commentary.
Format: book/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by L. Maren Wood.
Hills south of Ensenada, Mexico
Hills south of Ensenada, Mexico
A row of tree-covered hills rise behind a low building. Ensenada is a town on the Baja Peninsula of Mexico, south of Tijuana. It is an important shipping and fishing port, and also an important destination for tourist cruise ships. Originally, the town was...
Format: image/photograph