K-12 Teaching and Learning From the UNC School of Education


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number sense
An intuitive understanding of numbers, their magnitude, relationships, and how they are affected by operations.
story map
Graphic organizer that allows students to detail important elements of a story, including characters, plot, action, and setting.

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Story surgery
As early as first grade, children can begin to revise their stories using "Story Surgery." In this lesson, students learn how to use scissors to perform "story surgery" by cutting their stories apart at the point where more information can be added.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2–4 English Language Arts)
By DPI Writing Strategies.
Where do I begin?
Picking a good beginning helps you to focus your story on just one main event. In this lesson students will learn how to pick a good beginning for their personal narratives.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–5 English Language Arts)
By DPI Writing Strategies.
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.
Writing with Koala Lou: Sequencing and BME
After reading the story Koala Lou aloud, students practice sequencing the events of the story and identifying the beginning, middle, and end. Upon completing this activity in cooperative groups they write using a teacher given prompt, including proper sequence and beginning, middle, and end. They also share the final product with their cooperative group.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2–3 English Language Arts)
By Jenifer Lewis.
Story sequencing
This multi-faceted lesson teaches students how to sequence stories. It reinforces the following concepts: first, last, before, after, left, right. This lesson can also focus on carryover of articulation skills to answering questions as well as story telling.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 English Language Arts)
By Michele Christon.
Getting in order: "Jack and the Beanstalk"
The students will read "Jack and the Beanstalk" as a group and create flip books to illustrate and sequence the main events.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 English Language Arts)
By Leslie Robinson.
Three Billy Goats Gruff
Students will examine language in three different versions of the traditional "Gruff" tale. These will be compared and contrasted through Venn diagrams. Each text will be introduced, examined, and contrasted in a different lesson.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1–2 English Language Arts)
By Sandra Doyle.
Gingerbread Man Fun
This lesson will allow students to demonstrate sense of beginning, middle, and end of a story. They will also use various objects to create patterns comparing these objects using appropriate vocabulary (small, medium, large).
Format: lesson plan (grade K English Language Arts)
By Rebecca Jones.
Imaginative writing
This plan addresses emerging writing skills by engaging the student's interest in creating original drawings. This plan is for special-needs students, non-readers with limited writing skills, and reluctant learners.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 English Language Arts)
By Ann Franklin.
Splitting bears
Students will learn sequencing (beginning, middle, end) by using a bear pattern.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2 English Language Arts and Information Skills)
By Kendra Sisk.
Money counts
Lesson introducing counting money and making change.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2 Mathematics)
By Angie Horne.
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.
Story Problems Made Interesting
After introducing students to story problem strategies, students will be asked to write their own story problem(s). The problems must deal with real life situations. Fantasy worlds and silly situations are not allowed. Each student must also be able to solve their own problem(s). If the problems are not entered into a computer and saved, then the teacher will compile groups of problems for the students to solve. The author's name of each problem should be attached to the problem. If a student needs help solving a problem, he/she is only allowed to ask the author of that problem for assistance.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3 Mathematics)
By Tim Galliher.
Bulletin board of story elements
This lesson will introduce young children to the elements of stories starting with characters. Children will be involved with interactive writing as they respond to shared reading lessons. Students will illustrate a caption of a character to be displayed on a bulletin board.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 English Language Arts)
Directed reading lesson: Dear Mr. Blueberry
This plan is a directed reading/thinking activity for the book Dear Mr. Blueberry with questioning and a follow-up written activity that focuses on the story elements. Another activity involves discussing facts about whales in the story and, then, finding other facts about whales that are used for a writing activity.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2–3 English Language Arts)
By Candace Hall.
The very hungry teacher
After reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle students will use the writing process to write their own version of a Very Hungry story. They will use a flow map for pre-writing. Students will write a rough draft that will be revised and edited with a partner and a teacher.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 English Language Arts)
By Kelly Zumwalt.
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Format: article
Inching through oral language for ESOL students
This lesson will use the book The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle to help the student use clear and precise language to demonstrate comprehension.
Format: lesson plan (grade K English Language Arts)
By Angela Goldberg.
Join them together/Take them away
The teacher will introduce beginning addition concepts of joining two sets together. The teacher will introduce beginning subtraction concepts of taking away from a set.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Mathematics)
By Vickie Hedrick.
Oh, the places I will go!
Students will listen to the story by Dr. Seuss Oh, the Places You'll Go! The students will brainstorm a list of places they would like to go. Places such as nouns and proper nouns will be separated during the listing process. The students will write a response to: "Oh, the places I will go! I will go____________." and illustrate their responses. Each student response will be collected for a class book entitled "Oh, the Places We Will Go!"
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 English Language Arts)