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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Drop Everything and Read
DEAR is classroom time set aside for teachers and students to Drop Everything and Read. The goal of DEAR is to encourage independent silent reading for extended periods of time on a daily or weekly basis. Students choose the book they wish to read based on interest and ability.

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Meanwhile...: Transition words that connect ideas
Students will identify transition words in picturebooks that they can use in their own writing. Transition words are the glue that holds sentences and paragraphs together. They signal that this is a new part of the story.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–5 English Language Arts)
By DPI Writing Strategies.
Kindergarten walk
This is an introductory lesson in a series of lessons on our community and community helpers. Rosie's Walk by Pat Hutchins will be used as the pattern to plan our own walk around our school playground. Students will then create a simple map of our school playground.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Mathematics and Social Studies)
By Michelle Hensley.
Is it a duck? Is it a chick?
Students will compare and contrast the characteristics of a chick and a duckling by using a Venn Diagram.
Format: lesson plan (grade K English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science)
By Debbie Beeson.
Counting fun
This is a lesson on counting that takes 30 minutes. It is a good whole group activity for beginning counting, (forwards and backwards), and numeral recognition 1-10 to use early in the year. It is also good for math in literature. The activity can be extended as a counting game to use individually or small group during work stations.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Mathematics)
By Karen McNeely.
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.
Comparing and contrasting Little Red Riding Hood stories
This lesson will introduce the Venn diagram to students. They will read two versions of the story "Little Red Riding Hood" and list details from each in separate diagrams.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2–4 English Language Arts)
By Amber Miller.
Integrating character education: A lesson on responsibility
Activity on the character trait of responsibility.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–5 Guidance)
By Cheryl Stafford.
Problem solving with Swimmy
This lesson will stress to the students the importance of working together to solve a problem.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–5 Guidance and Healthful Living)
By Amy Taylor.
All About ME: Likenesses & Differences
This lesson will help to enhance the self-esteem of students by focusing on each child's individual differences.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Guidance, Healthful Living, and Social Studies)
By Crystal Sigmon.
Bats
The students will learn that bats are nocturnal and use echolocation.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Science)
By Debbie Lanier.
Money counts
Lesson introducing counting money and making change.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2 Mathematics)
By Angie Horne.
Air is all around us
Air is everywhere. It cannot be seen, but it is all around us. This lesson helps students discover that air is everywhere.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Science)
By Jan Wuertz.
Cause and effect
Students will identify and interpret cause and effect as expressed in poetry.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–4 English Language Arts)
By Rochelle Mullis.
Walter the Baker
In this lesson, students will read and discuss Walter the Baker by Eric Carle. They will then create a personal response in words and pictures explaining what they want to be when they grow up.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Teresa Bennett.
Exciting narrative endings
This lesson emphasizes the importance of a strong ending for a narrative essay and teaches students specific items to include in their endings.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–4 English Language Arts)
By Ann Jolly.
Going batty
In this lesson students will hear the story Stellaluna by Janell Cannon and then create a Venn Diagram comparing bats to birds.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 Information Skills and Science)
By DPI Integration Strategies.
Learning about time with Wee Willie Winkie
In Mother Goose in use: Rhymes that teach, page 11
In this kindergarten lesson plan, students use the nursery rhyme "Wee Willie Winkie" as a starting point to learn about time.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 Healthful Living and Mathematics)
By Lisa Wright.
Exploring geometric shapes
These hands-on activities make learning about geometric shapes more appealing to students.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Mathematics)
By Debbie Fox.
High and low bears
This is a lesson that introduces and reinforces the music concept of pitch.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Music Education)
By Penny Adams-Manolas.
Monstrous masks
Teacher will read the book Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. Children will create monster masks to associate the letter m and the phonemic sound of m to the masks.
Format: lesson plan (grade K English Language Arts)