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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Classroom routines and procedures
Establishing clear classroom routines and procedures is necessary for ensuring that your classroom runs smoothly.
By Denise Young.
Classroom management
A guide to LEARN NC's collections, designed especially for new teachers.
Format: bibliography/help
Basic strategies for assigning homework
Suggestions for establishing homework assignments and policies.
By Kathleen Casson.
Mint Hill Country Doctor's Museum and Country Store
This museum takes the visitor back to the early years of medical practice and the "daily lives and routines of Southern people living in rural areas from the late 1800's to the 1930's."
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Number sense every day
Number sense – an intuitive feel for numbers and their relationships – develops when children solve problems for themselves.
Format: article
By Lisa Wilson Carboni.
Oodles of ordinals
Children will integrate Math, Social Studies, Physical Education, Art, and Music to discover, explore, practice and enjoy the ordinal numbers “first” through “tenth.”
Format: lesson plan (grade K Mathematics)
By Cynthia Woolery.
Salisbury prison
In North Carolina in the Civil War and Reconstruction, page 5.11
The Confederate military prison at Salisbury, North Carolina, held nearly 9,000 inmates by the fall of 1864, in horrifying conditions.
Format: article
Designing your gym class
From classroom organization to warm-up procedures, one physical education teacher provides a blueprint for a structured physical education program.
By Bozena Mielczak and Kim Campbell.
Overhand throwing
The students will perform the skills of throwing overhand. This is the third lesson in Manipulative Activities Unit in 2nd quarter that follows lesson on throwing a ball underhand.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4 Healthful Living)
By Bozena Mielczak.
Don't put it down, put it up!
In a fifth grade classroom based around projects, everything has its place. This classroom profile shows you the design and purpose of Debra Harwell-Braun's fifth-grade classroom.
Format: article
By Kathleen Casson.Commentary and sidebar notes by Lindy Norman.
Underhand throwing
The students will perform the skills of throwing underhand. This is the second lesson in Manipulative Activities Unit in 2nd quarter that follows lesson on rolling a ball.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1–3 Healthful Living)
By Bozena Mielczak.
Keys to success for English language learners
Tips that any teacher in any classroom can use to help ESL students learn the curriculum while learning English.
Format: article
By Audrey L. Heining-Boynton.
Holding a poetry slam
Introducing students to “the competitive art of performance poetry” builds enthusiasm for literature among even reluctant readers. This article explains how a high school in Cleveland County, North Carolina, held its first poetry slam.
Format: article
By Nancy Blalock.
The influence of radio
In Postwar North Carolina, page 2.6
This article from Carolina Music Ways discusses the rise of three radio stations in the North Carolina Piedmont between 1930 and 1960.
Format: article
Native American poetry workshop
This week-long set of lessons uses four different center activities to help students respond to poetry written by American Indians. This lesson plan was written with ESL (English as a second language) students in mind, so there are many opportunities to practice vocabulary, discuss and talk with others, and model expectations.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Liz Mahon.
Using knowledge of student cognition to differentiate instruction
In Reaching every learner: Differentiating instruction in theory and practice, page 8
This article explains the concept of working memory, identifies different kinds of learning problems, and discusses ways to differentiate instruction for students with learning difficulties and disabilities who have attention and working memory problems. Includes twenty research-based, user-friendly teaching strategies that are proven effective for teaching all students.
Format: article/best practice
By Silvana M. R. Watson, Ph.D. and Robert A. Gable, Ph.D..
The challenge of a broken pencil
From dealing with meltdowns to setting a routine, Rhonda Layman shares communication and management strategies for students with autism spectrum disorders.
Format: article
By Waverly Harrell.
Conduct your own oral history project
In this unit, students will research the moviegoing experience in the early 20th century by analyzing primary sources. They will then conduct oral history interviews to learn about what it was like to go to the movies in various generations.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 and 12 Social Studies)
By Lisa Speaker.
Inclusion strategies for students with autism spectrum disorders
In Reaching every learner: Differentiating instruction in theory and practice, page 6
This article discusses the characteristics of a variety of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and shares concrete strategies for increasing motivation, communication, and academic success in students with ASD.
Format: article/best practice
By Susan Flynn.

Resources on the web

Mixing In Math
This site offers 40 activities that can be used to teach and practice math skills during everyday routines. Activities are designed for use in after school programs, daily school routines, and at home for kids ages 5-13. (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: TERC