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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Comparing governments: International
This lesson focuses on comparing and contrasting national governments in North America and/or Central America. It is the second of two lessons about government. The other is Comparing Governments: Local, State, and National. This plan could be easily adapted for eighth-grade or high-school ESL students.
Format: lesson plan (grade 5 and 7 English Language Development and Social Studies)
By Tami Weaver and Wendy Pineda.
To market, to market: Photograph analysis
In this lesson, students analyze photos of markets from around the world to gain an understanding of the similarities and differences between geographically distant places, to learn about the economic and cultural significance of markets, and to improve visual literacy skills.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–7 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Eric Eaton.
"Where Am I?" Reading guide and activities
In Two worlds: Educator's guide, page 3.3
This lesson for grade 8 will help students to understand the article "Where Am I? Mapping a New World" through the use of a graphic organizer and a reading guide.
Format: lesson plan (grade 7–8 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.

Resources on the web

Adventure Learning Foundation
Photographs and travel journals from Southern Africa, Peru, Mexico, Guatemala, Baja California, Alaska and Yukon. Interested teachers may register their class to track the travelers on their next trip. (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: QuestConnect.org
American Journeys
More than 18,000 pages of eyewitness accounts of North American exploration from rare books, original manuscripts, images, and classic travel narratives. (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: Wisconsin Historical Society
Ancient Observatories
Journey into Chaco Canyon, where ancient people built monuments to the cosmos and find out about archaeoastronomy using maps, films, and animations. (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: Exploratorium
Balancing three branches at once: Our system of checks and balances
This page contains four EDSITEment lessons in which students use primary source documents to investigate how the three branches of the American government can check each other. By the end of these lessons, not only will students be able to name the three... (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 5 Social Studies)
Provided by: EDSITEment
Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears
Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears, is an exciting online professional development magazine for elementary teachers which features content-rich web sites, interactive videos, animations, articles written specifically for K-2 and 3-5 students that... (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: The Ohio State University
Circle of Stories
Film, photography, artwork and music are combined to honor and explore Native American storytelling. (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: PBS
Cool Planet for Teachers
This site from OxFam helps teachers bring global issues into the classroom. (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: OxFam
Corridos about the Mexican Revolution
In this ARTSEDGE lesson, students explore causes of the Mexican Revolution and key revolutionary figures. They will gain an understanding of a particular Mexican song form, the corrido, and its role as a vehicle for communicating... (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–10 English Language Arts, Music Education, Second Languages, and Social Studies)
Provided by: ArtsEdge
CultureQuest
This program helps students to understand and appreciate other cultures of the world. It provides the resources that will make the culminating web project a success. (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: Center for School Development of the School of Education, The City College of the City University of New York.
Cyberspace explorer: Getting to know Christopher Columbus
In this lesson, students participate in a cyber scavenger hunt to find information about explorer Christopher Columbus. After the teacher engages students in a discussion about their knowledge of the explorer, the class suggests other questions they would... (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–5 Computer/Technology Skills, English Language Arts, and Social Studies)
Provided by: ReadWriteThink
Declare the causes: The Declaration of Independence
In this lesson plan, students will see the development of the Declaration as both an historical process and a writing process through the use of role play and creative writing. By the end of the lesson, students will be able to: describe and... (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 5 Social Studies)
Provided by: EDSITEment
Exploring manatee conservation in Latin America
During this virtual tour, your students will have access to real-life, current examples of manatee conservation. Through this web site, your students will have the opportunity to experience research as it takes place and to develop a broader understanding... (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 6 and 8–12 Science and Social Studies)
Provided by: Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Fighting injustice by studying lessons of the past
Using an online Venn Diagram tool, students study the experience of European Jews during the Holocaust, and then compare their experience to those of the Cherokees during the Trail of Tears and the Japanese–Americans during World War II. Students write... (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
Provided by: ReadWriteThink
The First Amendment: What's fair in a free country?
Balancing rights and responsibilities is difficult, even for the Supreme Court. This lesson demonstrates to students that freedom of speech is an ongoing process. After completing the lessons in this unit from the National Endowment for the Humanities... (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 5 Social Studies)
Provided by: EDSITEment
Form and theme in the traditional Mexican Corrido
In this ARTSEDGE lesson, students learn about the traditional Mexican musical form of corridos, which dates back to the 1800s and continues to be very popular. Activities in this lesson engage students in online learning,... (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–10 English Language Arts, Music Education, Second Languages, and Social Studies)
Provided by: ArtsEdge
Historical fiction: Using literature to learn about the Civil War
In this lesson, the teacher reads aloud a section of Connie Porter's Meet Addy, a book from The American Girls Collection® that tells the story of a young girl who escapes from slavery during... (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–5 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
Provided by: ReadWriteThink
I do solemnly swear: Presidential inaugurations
Presidential inaugurations have been solemn ceremonies and uninhibited celebrations. They are carefully scripted and they are unpredictable. They reflect tradition and they reflect the moment. This unit from EDSITEment, consisting of five lesson plans,... (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–5 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
Provided by: EDSITEment