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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Teaching method wherein students pretend to be different characters and improvise a scene.

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Word family web
Students play a fun game with spider and fly to build new words using known word families.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 English Language Arts)
By Peggy Johnson.
Job interviews: Focus on details
In CareerStart lessons: Grade seven, page 1.5
In this lesson for grade seven, students will develop questions and answers for hypothetical job interviews, and will perform job interview skits for the class.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 English Language Arts and Guidance)
By Anissia Jenkins.Adapted by Kenyatta Bennett and Sonya Rexrode.
Discovery Place KIDS—Rockingham
Children CAN be a firefighter, a chef or an inventor, build a castle, create a masterpiece or fix a car. The can visit a farm, experiment with science or explore the great outdoors at the new Discovery Place KIDS in Rockingham, North Carolina.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Interpreting a short story
Students will study the literary genre of the short story and examine how, through writing, an author can comment directly/indirectly on our society as a whole. Hopefully, the students will develop an awareness of the problems/concerns facing our society and an appreciation of how a skilled writer can mirror society's ills and sometimes offer solutions for the problems that plague us.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 English Language Arts)
By Regina Johnson.
The five parts of the Fifth
This lesson will focus on the Fifth Amendment of the US Constitution and its intent to provide due process to citizens. Students will engage in writing, discussion, cooperative learning, art, and theatrical activities in gaining an understanding of the Amendment and its concepts.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8–10 Social Studies)
By Keith Leary.
Discovery Place KIDS—Huntersville
This innovative children’s museum in the Lake Norman area of North Carolina sparks imagination and learning through play for children from birth—age seven.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Character education: What would you do?
This lesson is designed to teach character development, problem solving, and teamwork. It can also be used with exceptional students in a high school setting.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–7 Guidance)
Goodbye, Bill Of Rights!
Students will enact a scene demonstrating life without one of the first ten amendments. Students will be put into groups of three or four and assigned a specific amendment to research.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8–10 Social Studies)
By Greg Simmons.
Planned ignoring
This lesson introduces a part of a behavioral intervention plan which I have found to be indispensable across all subject areas with students with behavioral disabilities. It teaches specific behaviors that children need to display in order to remain on task when others around them "act out" and are disruptive.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 Guidance)
By Rita Lawrence.
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.
Modern China: The dam debate
In CareerStart lessons: Grade seven, page 4.7
In this lesson for grade seven, students learn about the Three Gorges Dam in China and the controversy surrounding its construction. Students will take on the roles of people whose lives may be affected by the dam, and will participate in a debate about it.
Format: lesson plan (grade 7 English Language Arts and Second Languages)
By Susan N. Carter-Hope and James Philippart.Adapted by Kenyatta Bennett, Meredith Ebert, and Sonya Rexrode.
Oedipus the King reader's theatre
Students will rewrite the Greek tragedy in a modern context in order to review and analyze the plot. This assignment is designed as a final project in a Greek Theatre unit. It is expected that the literature has already been read and analyzed as a class. I have found that this project is an innovative way to review for a unit test on the play and Greek Theatre.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–10 English Language Arts)
To Kill A Mockingbird role-play: A Maycomb pig pickin'
Somewhere near the middle of reading the novel, students start to become confused about characters. This fun role-play activity works especially well just after Chapter 21 and allows students to get to know characters beyond Jem and Scout. It also can be a springboard into further discussions of point of view, theme, and stereotypes.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–10 English Language Arts)
By David Ansbacher.
The scarlet “A”: Role-play in writing
This lesson was created to follow a close reading and examination of Nathanial Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter. The plan uses a small group format and rotation schedule. The activities created strengthen students' understanding of an author's use of characterization, while reinforcing reading and creative writing skills.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–10 English Language Arts)
By Tonya White.
Buy, sell, and tell
This is a whole language lesson for Speech Language Pathologists that incorporates food vocabulary, basic concepts of matching, color, and number, as well as the pragmatic skill of turn taking for language-delayed kindergarten students.
Format: lesson plan (grade K English Language Arts)
By Karen Ring.
Seeds of change
This lesson plan offers middle school students an overview of the physical and emotional changes of adolescence. Students will explore emotions experienced each day and how these emotions can impact behavior. Students will examine their school behaviors and identify ways to change negative behaviors into positive behaviors.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 Guidance)
Students will learn about dental hygiene and get a physical workout as well.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2 Healthful Living)
By Annette Swanson.
Experiences of the Civil Rights Movement: A roundtable project
This activity allows students to participate in a roundtable discussion by taking on the persona of someone who lived and experienced the Civil Rights Movement. By participating in a role playing simulation, students are more able to achieve higher-level thinking skills and, as a result, hopefully be able to think more critically about the Civil Rights Era.
Format: lesson plan (grade 11–12 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Kathleen Caldwell.
Tobacco bag stringing: Elementary activity four
In this activity for grades 3–5, students will read and evaluate a primary source letter from the Tobacco Bag Stringing collection. This should be done after Activity one, which is the introductory activity about tobacco bag stringing. Students will investigate the influence of technology, and its lack, on the tobacco bag stringers. They will do a role play/debate in which they will assume the roles of owners of companies and other people that were involved in the issue.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–5 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Issues, we've all got them: Language arts/visual arts integration
Students will learn how to deal positively with social issues important in their lives through personal investigation of social issues addressed in literature and art.
Format: lesson plan (grade 7 Visual Arts Education, English Language Arts, and English Language Development)
By Runell Carpenter.