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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Selection policy and disclaimer for "Best of the Web"
The purpose of LEARN NC's Best of the Web collection is to provide web resources that support the North Carolina Standard Course of Study. These resources have been selected according to our selection policy.
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Native Americans in North Carolina
In North Carolina maps, page 2.6
In this lesson, students create a PowerPoint presentation giving the history and impact of one of the six major Native American tribes of North Carolina. They will show understanding of population movement, different perspectives, and the roles the Native Americans played in the development of the state.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Jennifer Job.
Media Literacy
How do you know if something is true? How can you figure out if someone is trying to influence or sell to you? Put yourself in their shoes and consider the source! Check out this selection of websites from our Best of the Web.
Format: bibliography/help
Biome basics
This project involves the creation of a simple, yet effective display of the different biomes found on earth.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6 and 8–12 Science)
By B. Carl Rush.
Send me to Congress
Students learn about the qualifications for and job descriptions of members of the U.S.Senate or the U.S.House of Representatives by designing and creating a campaign brochure. Students apply their knowledge of these requirements by "selling" their candidate to the general public.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–10 Social Studies)
By Tim Raines.
Lesson plan publication standards
In Web Publishing & Collaboration Guide, page 1.2
Standards for acceptance of lesson plans for publication.
Format: article/help
This compendium of poetry resources from our collections includes many great websites, articles, and lesson plans.
Format: bibliography/help
Justifying inclusion
In Intellectual Freedom Toolkit, page 4
The following books, databases, and websites will help you justify including a work in your collection according to developmental needs and critical review. Books Nilsen, A. P. (2001). Stages of literary appreciation....
Format: article
By Will Cross and Kimberly Hirsh.
Understanding the curriculum
A guide for new teachers (and teachers new to North Carolina).
Format: bibliography/help
The Blue Ridge Parkway and North Carolina
In Driving through time: The digital Blue Ridge Parkway, page 2.3
This is the third lesson in the Competing Routes unit. In this lesson, students look more closely at the relationship between North Carolina and the Blue Ridge Parkway and determine areas of interest in this broad topic. The first two lessons were aimed at putting students on equal footing in terms of prior knowledge and primary source analysis skills to start their research. This lesson allows them to pursue areas of their own interest, locate resources independently, and create new knowledge with those resources. Students will continue to use primary sources and practice their historical analysis skills.
Format: lesson plan
By Katy Vance.
Reference resources
In Election 2012, page 3.6
Reference resources to help students and teachers understand election procedures and terminology.
Format: bibliography
Local elections
In Election 2012, page 2.10
A resource to help students and teachers learn about the elections in their local communities.
Format: bibliography
About RSS
RSS -- or Real Simple Syndication -- feeds are being used increasingly by newspapers, weblogs, and education web sites to help you get their information delivered right to you. Getting started is fairly simple, especially because you may already be using a web browser or email client that can also serve as your RSS reader.
Format: article/help
Submitting a lesson plan: Frequently asked questions
In Web Publishing & Collaboration Guide, page 1.3
Answers to frequently asked questions about submitting lesson plans for publication on the LEARN NC website.
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What do you see? (visit)
This lesson outlines activities for students to complete while visiting the Ackland Art Museum in Chapel Hill, NC. Students will observe and reflect upon a variety of artwork. In doing so, they will develop observation and communication skills, and learn to understand and appreciate others' interpretations and opinions of works of art. This lesson applies skills learned in the previous lesson, "What Do You See" (Pre-Visit).

This lesson may be adapted for use in a school/classroom by using museums and artwork found online (see Web sites listed below). A Powerpoint presentation which displays some artwork from the Ackland Art Museum is attached to this plan, as well.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 Visual Arts Education)
By Reagan West.
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)
Australia: Careers, collisions, and compromises
In CareerStart lessons: Grade seven, page 4.8
In this lesson for grade seven, students learn about Australia and discuss the compromises that are sometimes necessary between economic development and environmental preservation. Students work through problem-based learning questions using Australia as the background.
Format: lesson plan (grade 7 Social Studies)
By Joann Via.Adapted by Meredith Ebert.
Writing for the web
In Writing for the Web, page 1
Why teachers need to think about how they communicate on the web.
By David Walbert.
Building a stratovolcano
Students will review the three types of volcanoes. Students will construct a stratovolcano and determine the composition of each type of volcano. Students will research examples of stratovolcanoes using internet resources.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6 and 8–12 Science)
By Jessica Bohn.
Culminating activity: BRP travel brochure
In Driving through time: The digital Blue Ridge Parkway, page 4.6
In this culminating activity, students design a travel brochure for a tourist destination along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Format: lesson plan
By Jennifer Polidoro.