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Important Message about LEARN NC

LEARN NC is evaluating its role in the current online education environment as it relates directly to the mission of UNC-Chapel Hill School of Education (UNC-CH SOE). We plan to look at our ability to facilitate the transmission of the best research coming out of UNC-CH SOE and other campus partners to support classroom teachers across North Carolina. We will begin by evaluating our existing faculty and student involvement with various NC public schools to determine what might be useful to share with you.

Don’t worry! The lesson plans, articles, and textbooks you use and love aren’t going away. They are simply being moved into the new LEARN NC Digital Archive. While we are moving away from a focus on publishing, we know it’s important that educators have access to these kinds of resources. These resources will be preserved on our website for the foreseeable future. That said, we’re directing our resources into our newest efforts, so we won’t be adding to the archive or updating its contents. This means that as the North Carolina Standard Course of Study changes in the future, we won’t be re-aligning resources. Our full-text and tag searches should make it possible for you to find exactly what you need, regardless of standards alignment.

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Hear it, spell it, see it!
This is an activity to help children develop visual recognition of basic sight word vocabulary at the kindergarten level. The words covered are: I, am, can, like, it, and is. This is a simple, quick activity that adds a new dimension to sight word building with the help of the computer.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 English Language Arts)
By Vickie Hedrick.
Here comes the circus
Boys and girls of all ages love the Circus. This is a lesson from an integrated unit. In this lesson, students will be introduced to the Kindergarten level words from the Dolch Word List.
Format: lesson plan (grade K English Language Arts)
By Penny Stafford.
Fishing For vowels
This is an excellent hands-on activity in which the students actively participate in imagining a fishing trip. This lesson is designed to help students learn to recognize grade appropriate sight words. Students are expected to listen to a word and identify the short vowel sound heard.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 English Language Arts)
By Shannon Bradley.
Itsy, bitsy spider
The learner will use the words of the fingerplay "The Itsy, Bitsy Spider" to create a book.
Format: lesson plan (grade K English Language Arts)
By JanetD White.
Sentence scramble
Students will learn concepts about print including print directionality and the understanding that written print contains a message.
Format: lesson plan (grade K English Language Arts)
To be or not to be a noun
This lesson teaches students to categorize nouns as persons, places, or things. This lesson also teaches students to distinguish nouns from other words in phrases and sentences.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 English Language Arts)
By Tasha Christian.
Whole language reading: Pumpkin pie baking activity
A whole language literature-based reading lesson that culminates in a cooking extension activity.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 English Language Arts and Mathematics)
By Amy Durso.
Our class band
In this lesson students will play percussion instruments that have been divided into four groups: Drums, Woods, Metals and Shakers/Scrapers. They will perform a song sung to the tune of 'Old MacDonald had a Farm' and perform the instruments of these groups.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 Music Education)
By Barbara Tilton.
Composing snowman stories
Students will compose sequential, descriptive instructions about how to build a snowman.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1–2 English Language Arts)
By Sandra Weavil.
Bouncing bubbles
Students will listen to Bubbles Bubbles by Mercer Mayer and a bubble poem before exploring the joys of bubble blowing. Students will observe bubbles, discuss their observations and create illustrations and stories to share.
Format: lesson plan (grade K English Language Arts and Science)
By Karen Rice.
Sensing the world around us
Students will review the five senses and listen to an Ezra Jack Keats' story in which a blind man uses his senses of hearing and smelling to learn about his neighbors. Students will then experience the difficulty of using only one sense to identify different sounds.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Science)
By Libby Oxenfeld.
Exploring the five senses
This lesson will help students describe how objects look, feel, taste, smell, and sound using all senses.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Science)
By Kathy Gravitt.
Deafness, language, and literacy
Through expert interviews and classroom footage, this video discusses the role deafness plays in a student’s development of language, and how this affects the way a deaf student may write and speak. Includes an explanation of visual phonics -- a tool that...
Format: video/video
Using sound in the classroom
This article discusses the benefits of using sound in the classroom, and shares some activities to help you and your students get the most out of the experience.
Format: article/best practice
By Kristin Post.
Five senses of the rain forest
In this lesson, students use their five senses to observe rain forests and determine what it might be like to visit a rain forest. Students will better understand rain forests and their importance, as well as record observations in a bubble map.
Format: lesson plan (grade K English Language Arts and Science)
By Natalie Hudson.
Learning about descriptive language through art
In this lesson, students will be introduced to haiku and using descriptive language. Students will discuss a work of art as a way to elicit this descriptive language.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–4 Visual Arts Education and English Language Arts)
By Amanda Keller.
From dirt to dinner
This lesson serves as an introductory study of the plant world. The lesson allows students to study seeds, parts of plants, microclimates, and how to grow seeds into vegetable plants for harvest. Parents are encouraged to assist at home.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science)
By Glenn Bass.
Learning about animals with Three Blind Mice
In Mother Goose in use: Rhymes that teach, page 7
In this kindergarten lesson plan, students listen to the nursery rhyme "Three Blind Mice." They compare mice to other animals based on their size and think of foods that begin with different letters of the alphabet.
Format: lesson plan (grade K English Language Arts, Healthful Living, Mathematics, and Science)
By Lisa Wright.
Look and listen: Exploring the five senses
This group of shared reading lessons is based on the book Look by Jillian Cutting. They are designed to be used as a part of an integrated classroom unit on the five senses.
Format: lesson plan (grade K English Language Arts)
Romeo and Juliet: The Balcony Scene (Act 2, Scene 2)
O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo? Lesson will help struggling readers to comprehend figurative language and overall meaning in the famous balcony scene. It will also compare text to two media depictions. This lesson has been created with exceptional children and limited English proficient (novice low) students in mind.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8–10 English Language Arts and English Language Development)
By Elizabeth Mackie and Vicki Moats.