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


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word wall
An organized collection of words displayed on a classroom wall for easy student reference. Word walls help develop student vocabulary and support reading and writing.

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Word family web
Students play a fun game with spider and fly to build new words using known word families.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 English Language Arts)
By Peggy Johnson.
Read it backwards
One editing technique that writers can use to help them catch their own spelling errors is "Read It Backwards." In this lesson, students will learn a procedure for identifying and correcting the spelling of misspelled words.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2–4 English Language Arts)
By DPI Writing Strategies.
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.
“ottos mops” by Ernst Jandl
This lesson is designed for students to enjoy a short amusing poem, as well as refine their knowledge of short “o” and long “o” sounds, and use higher order thinking skills to analyze who or what otto and mops are.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Second Languages)
By Helga Fasciano.
Supermarket sweep: Day 1
Students will talk about choices that families make when purchasing groceries. Students will make a booklet of frequently purchased grocery items.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 English Language Arts, English Language Development, and Social Studies)
By Angela Hunt and Melody Holmes.
Deafness, self-esteem, and the inclusive classroom
A deaf student surrounded by hearing peers in an inclusive classroom may experience feelings of isolation. The classroom teacher, however, can play a critical role in supporting a deaf student's self-esteem and sense of belonging within the culture of the...
Format: video/video
Mill villages
In North Carolina in the New South, page 3.4
In North Carolina History: A Sampler, page 7.4
Excerpt from D. A. Tompkins' 1899 textbook for cotton mill owners, explaining rationale and design for millworkers' housing. Includes photographs, plans, and historical commentary.
Format: book/primary source
Who's Your Mama?: A Family Who's Who
This is the first of two lessons that can be used with Cynthia Rylant's book, The Relatives Came. Students will read, draw, role-play and sing about family roles and titles.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 English Language Arts, English Language Development, and Social Studies)
By Laura Bahlmann and Mary Lail.
Children and families in North Carolina
In this lesson plan, elementary students will analyze photographs of children from North Carolina provided by the Green ‘N’ Growing collection from the Special Collections Research Center at North Carolina State University. They will investigate how individuals and families are similar and different, and to begin to acquire an understanding of change over time.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–3 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Classroom ideas
In LGBTQIA Resources for Educators, page 3.1
These are simple ideas for being inclusive and supportive in your classroom. They are applicable to all students, though we have included specific sections for transgender & intersex students, and students whose parents are LGBTQIA.
Format: article
By Summer Pennell.
Family gardening in rural North Carolina
This lesson for grade one uses a series of activities related to plants and gardening to help students learn about gardening, plant life, families, and making healthy choices.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 Healthful Living, Science, and Social Studies)
By Penny Willard.
Nepali folk song
It seemed that many Nepalis liked to sing traditional songs. In this recording, you can hear Tej, a local Pashupatinath singing a song with many different verses. You might also hear me talking with another Pashupatinath guide, Ajit. At one point, I interrupt...
Format: audio
Are you on a diet?
In I’m on a diet and proud of it: Nutrition through math and science, page 2
In this lesson, students will examine their knowledge, beliefs, and misconceptions about diets. Using word study and discussion, they will understand diet as a multi-faceted concept.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4 English Language Arts, Healthful Living, and Science)
By Karina Colón.
Language families
In Intrigue of the Past, page 4.7
Students will identify and locate the three language families of contact period North Carolina and calculate the physical area covered by each language family.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4 and 7–8 Mathematics and Social Studies)
Tour the United States
Students will combine classroom, library time, and computer lab time to research and construct knowledge about 49 U.S. states. (Students will not research their home state.) Students will use their new research knowledge and the resources provided to construct a presentation on their assigned state using PowerPoint or some other presentation program.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3 Information Skills and Social Studies)
By Karl Schaefer.
The Lumbees face the Klan
In Postwar North Carolina, page 3.8
In January 1958, the Ku Klux Klan burned crosses on the front lawns of two Indian families in Robeson County, North Carolina. In response, as many as a thousand Lumbees violently broke up a Klan meeting, and the Klan never again met publicly in Robeson County.
Format: article
Women in families
Students will learn about a woman named No’om from ancient Palmyrene history (c. 150-170 CE) by looking at a picture of her funerary relief bust. The class will brainstorm who this woman was by looking for clues in the artifact. Students will discuss how this woman was a member of a family and learn about the different ways family members can be remembered.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Visual Arts Education and Social Studies)
By Amanda Keller.
African American English
In this activity, students learn about the history of African American English and the meaning of dialect and linguistic patterns. Students watch a video about African American English and analyze the dialect's linguistic patterns.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Hannah Askin.
Latino immigration
In Recent North Carolina, page 6.3
North Carolina has the fastest growing Latino population in the country. This article offers a snapshot of North Carolina's Latino community.
Format: article
"For What Is a Mother Responsible?"
In North Carolina in the New Nation, page 5.5
1845 newspaper editorial about a mother's responsibilities for her children's education and character. Includes historical commentary.
Format: article/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by Kathryn Walbert.