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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Creating and using meaningful rubrics
This course will help you use your own content knowledge and the wealth of information available about assessment to create, analyze, and critique rubrics.
Format: article/online course
The Paideia Seminar: Active thinking through dialogue
This teacher training manual, provided by The National Paideia Center, provides a valuable set of resources for educators who want to begin using the Paideia approach.
Format: book (multiple pages)
Formative assessment resources
The practice of formative assessment can help teachers inform instruction and can improve student success. Often, however, conducting effective formative assessment is easier said than done. These resources offer strategies and support for educators to integrate more ongoing assessment into their teaching.
Format: bibliography/help
Bubble gum rubric scoring
This lesson is intended to help fourth grade students more clearly understand rubrics that are used for the writing assessments in North Carolina.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4 English Language Arts)
By Becky Donatelli.
Families - Then and now
Students apply their knowledge of communities as they compare and contrast the home life described in Sarah Plain and Tall to the home life described in Because of Winn-Dixie.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3 Information Skills and Social Studies)
By Debbie Fox and Sherri Hendrix.
Math for multiple intelligences
How a middle-school math teacher realized she was boring and jump-started her career — and her students — by using thematic planning, emphasizing problem solving, and teaching to multiple intelligences.
Format: series (multiple pages)
Alternative assessment
Alternative assessments measure performance in forms other than traditional paper-and-pencil, short answer tests. This article provides an extended explanation of alternative assessments, including a variety of examples.
Format: article
By Jennifer Job.
Arts at the core: Making standards work
This online professional development course helps participants understand how to create lesson plans that include embedded standards in the Fine Arts curriculum.
Format: article/online course
Unpacking the questions: Improving students’ written comprehension on mClass Reading 3D’s TRC
This online course will cover how writing can improve students’ reading comprehension as well as how to help your students unpack comprehension questions.
Format: article/online course
Survival! A Lesson for Language Arts and Novice ESL Students
Students brainstorm to orally identify and agree upon ten elements necessary for survival. Students will create a categorized chart of the items necessary for survival. Using the chart and working within groups, students will use the chart to create a Survival board game.

This lesson serves well as an introductory activity for students who will read a novel with a setting in another country or culture, or as the basis of comparing two different time periods or cultures.

It is modified for the Novice High English Language Learner.
Format: lesson plan (grade 7 English Language Arts and English Language Development)
By Cynthia Moretz.
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.
Postcards of the past
Students will participate in Heritage Day activities that will enhance students' awareness of their heritage. They will take digital pictures of activities to include on a web page and research and report on information gathered. Students will create a web page to present their information.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3 English Language Arts, Information Skills, and Social Studies)
By Karol Leaptrott, Rebecca Watt, and Regina Welsted.
Facilitating Online Collaboration: Online course syllabus
Syllabus for the course Facilitating Online Collaboration which helps teachers develop strategies and practice the skills required to facilitate good online communication, moderate online discussion, and promote better accomplishment of instructional goals within the virtual classroom.
Format: syllabus
How do chemists measure?
In Why does chemistry matter in my life?, page 2
In this lesson, students learn about metric conversion and scientific notation by completing a lab in which they mix a gold solution with a sodium citrate solution and observe the subsequent chemical changes.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Science)
By Lisa Hibler.
Professional development
In Math Common Core resources, page 2.1
Resources Teaching Channel — Common Core State Standards for Math This video from Teaching Channel is an introduction to the Common Core...
Format: bibliography
By Kay Middleton.
Reaching every learner: Differentiating instruction in theory and practice
This series of articles, which balance theory, research, and practice, address a variety of topics within differentiation through text, graphics, and video.
Format: series (multiple pages)
Fire in Pythagorville: Problem-centered lessons
Students will work on problem-centered lessons which use the application of the Pythagorean theorem to put out a fire in the fictional town of Pythagorville.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 Mathematics)
By Kelly Crisp.
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.
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.
Revising and editing an essay
Students will learn how to revise and edit an essay. In particular, they will focus on pronoun agreement. This is the third lesson in a series of three based upon LEARN NC's 9th grade writing exemplars.
Format: lesson plan
By Kim Bowen.