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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A picture is worth a thousand words
An example of how a single image can provoke discussions at all levels of Bloom's Taxonomy.
By Bobby Hobgood, Ed.D. and David Walbert.
Let's trade (regrouping to subtract)
This word (trade) will introduce regrouping to subtract by allowing students to "trade" manipulatives to regroup.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1–2 Mathematics)
By Sarah Cole.
Why teach philosophy?
In Philosophy resources for educators, page 1.1
A page to help explain the rationale for pre-college philosophy instruction.
Format: bibliography
Assessing the learning process
In Math for multiple intelligences, page 3
Assessment, like instruction, needs to be geared toward various learning styles, and teachers can create rubrics for ongoing assessment that keep a formal daily record of what students are learning.
Format: article
By Gretchen Buher and David Walbert.
Directed reading lesson: Dear Mr. Blueberry
This plan is a directed reading/thinking activity for the book Dear Mr. Blueberry with questioning and a follow-up written activity that focuses on the story elements. Another activity involves discussing facts about whales in the story and, then, finding other facts about whales that are used for a writing activity.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2–3 English Language Arts)
By Candace Hall.
Jump start your creativity: question yourself!
A short webliography of tools to help you ask good questions.
Format: article
By Bobby Hobgood, Ed.D..
North Carolina LGBTQIA resources
In LGBTQIA Resources for Educators, page 4.4
There are several organizations and centers in North Carolina that support LGBTQIA youth. They are listed here in alphabetical order by city or county. If you know of any more we should add, please contact Managing Editor Kimberly...
Format: article
By Summer Pennell.
Advanced vocabulary
In LGBTQIA Resources for Educators, page 2.3
Go beyond the basics of LGBTQ to learn other words for sexual and gender identities.
Format: article
By Summer Pennell.
Fact and opinion in the real world
In CareerStart lessons: Grade six, page 1.8
This lesson for grade 6 will help students understand the differences between fact and opinion based on career-related examples.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6 English Language Arts)
By Jennifer Brookshire and Julie McCann.
Introduction to community helpers
This is a introductory lesson to a unit on community helpers. It will begin to help students to identify different types of community helpers and the jobs they perform.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Social Studies)
By Jerrye Ficklin.
Math for multiple intelligences
In Math for multiple intelligences, page 1
How a middle-school math teacher realized she was boring and jump-started her career — and her students.
Format: article
By Gretchen Buher.
How to implement instruction with nonfiction
In this video, classroom footage and teacher interviews address best practices in teaching with informational text. This video is one in a three-part series about teaching with informational text. The other videos include: The...
Format: video/video
Bullfighting in Colombia
In this lesson for grade six, students study the history of bullfighting in Spain and Colombia as an example of how cultural traditions can be transferred from one place to another. Students analyze photographs of bullfighting in Colombia and discuss the cultural tradition of the sport and the controversy surrounding it.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–7 Social Studies)
By Eric Eaton.
The road taken
This lesson will introduce and reinforce main transportation routes for people and goods in North Carolina. Students will enhance map skills including using cardinal and intermediate directions, using a mileage chart, and planning transportation routes. Students will reinforce their knowledge of resources found in North Carolina as well as name and identify the three regions of North Carolina.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–4 Social Studies)
By Margaretc Bryant.
Teaching electricity and circuits through inquiry
Participants in this online course will learn about the science behind electric circuits and how this content can be taught through inquiry. The workshop will help teachers gain a better understanding of electricity and circuits, including conducting and insulating materials, open and closed circuits, and series and parallel circuits.
Format: article/online course
North Carolina A&T University Farm
Discover Agriculture provides an interactive experience for students to learn about agricultural science including farming with the environment in mind.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Imaginative writing
This plan addresses emerging writing skills by engaging the student's interest in creating original drawings. This plan is for special-needs students, non-readers with limited writing skills, and reluctant learners.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 English Language Arts)
By Ann Franklin.
Interviewing artists in the classroom
Inviting guests into your classroom can enrich students' learning experiences, but teaching students to ask good questions is crucial. This article explains how to prepare students to interview guests and how to teach them to ask good, open-ended questions.
The student pathfinder
By creating pathfinders, students not only learn to manage time and produce a higher quality research project, but they also develop twenty-first century learning skills.
Format: article
By Melissa Thibault.
To market, to market: Photograph analysis
In this lesson, students analyze photos of markets from around the world to gain an understanding of the similarities and differences between geographically distant places, to learn about the economic and cultural significance of markets, and to improve visual literacy skills.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–7 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Eric Eaton.