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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North Carolina thinking skills
Model of thinking skills adopted by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction in 1994. Lists seven levels of thinking skills from simplest to most complex: knowledge, organizing, applying, analyzing, generating, integrating, and evaluating.
basic interpersonal communication skills
Social language first used by English (or foreign) language learners.

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Map skills and higher-order thinking
This series of articles looks at map skills as a kind of visual literacy, considering what maps are, how they're made, and the higher-order thinking skills students need to move from simply decoding maps to fully comprehending them.
Format: series (multiple pages)
Stamp it here, stamp it there, stamp it where?
Using a drawing program (Kid Pix), students will integrate English Language Arts and Technology Skills as they work with Geometry skills.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Mathematics)
By Mary Rizzo.
North Carolina Essential Standards: Information and Technology Skills
Format: (multiple pages)
Mystery message word processing
Students learn basic word processing skills and eventually reveal a "mystery message."
Format: lesson plan (grade 4 Computer/Technology Skills)
By Mary Rizzo.
Writing for the Web
How teachers can more effectively communicate information and ideas via the World Wide Web, to students, parents, colleagues, administrators, and the world.
Format: series (multiple pages)
Patterns galore!
Students will create patterns using Kidspiration software.
Format: lesson plan (grade Computer/Technology Skills and Mathematics)
By Michele Tipton.
Periodic table database
These lessons are designed to help students use their computer skills to create their own database using teacher directions, and they also learn how to read the periodic table and understand what it means.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 Computer/Technology Skills, Information Skills, and Science)
By Florence B. Winslow.
Graphing with second graders
Second graders will sort M & M's and then enter the data into a spreadsheet in order to create a simple graph.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2 Computer/Technology Skills and Information Skills)
By DPI Integration Strategies.
Using symbol and function keys
Students retype sentences in the data file that require the use of shift and Caps Lock (function keys) as well as some symbol keys ($, ?, !, &, ", /). Students must put capital letters at the beginning of some sentences and correct punctuation marks at the end of others.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2 Computer/Technology Skills and English Language Arts)
By Carolyn Uprichard.
Word-processing valentines
This lesson combines the need to practice keyboarding skills, completion of rhymes, a popular children's book, and the motivational aspects of the Valentine holiday.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2–3 Computer/Technology Skills and English Language Arts)
By Kay Harrison.
Keys on a keyboard
Kindergarten students learn five keys located on a computer keyboard: the space bar, the enter key, the shift keys, the number keys, and the letter keys. Each key is identified by the teacher and the children are asked to color the key or keys a particular color on their paper keyboard. Students are also asked to locate the letters that spell out their name on their keyboard.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Information Skills)
By Jeanie Smith.
Favorite restaurant database
Students will be able to show their ability to independently create a database.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–7 Computer/Technology Skills and Information Skills)
By Elizabeth Everitt.
Frosty friends
Students will draw snowmen using various tools in the illustration component of their program. Our students use KidWorks2 by Davidson but others may be used instead. They will then write original stories to accompany their illustrations.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 Computer/Technology Skills and English Language Arts)
By Linda Baker.
Tracing the Titanic tragedy
Students will learn about the Titanic disaster as a historical event by reading informative articles and books and by use of the Internet. They will then produce a database of passengers with information about them and use the database to analyze the information.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–7 Information Skills and Social Studies)
By Elizabeth Harren.
Innovate to transform the classroom with Web 2.0 tools
Students will learn to integrate technologies such as Web 2.0 tools and mobile learning devices to create engaging learning experiences for your students
Format: article/online course
"Do Spiders Live on the World Wide Web?"
Through use of a fun and informative online story, students will explore the parts of the computer, as well as discover that words have multiple meanings.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Computer/Technology Skills, English Language Arts, and Information Skills)
Respect and responsibility character traits: Cut and paste activity
Using 20 different quotations that are out of sequential order--each with a relationship to the respect and responsibility character traits--students are to cut and paste the text in ascending sequential order, save, and print.
Format: lesson plan (grade 7 Computer/Technology Skills)
By Jane M. Harris.
Students will use the Kid Pix Studio Deluxe computer software program to draw a circle, square, rectangle, and triangle. They will be instructed to make the shapes a certain color and size. Then they will print their work.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 Information Skills and Mathematics)
By Di Small.
Holiday shopper
This activity uses a prepared spreadsheet and the grocery sales paper from the newspaper to figure the cost of a holiday meal for a certain number of people.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–7 Computer/Technology Skills and Information Skills)
By Stephanie Hurley.
Animal slide shows!
This project is a culmination of a science unit on animals which integrates computer skills, language arts and art. After a study of animals which includes classification, basic needs of animals, animal adaptations, and animal behaviors, the students will use the computer to complete a slide show of one animal they have studied at length.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4 Science)
By Margie Bartolomucci.