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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Anticipation guide: "A Little Kingdom in Carolina"
A learner's guide to the article "A Little Kingdom in Carolina," this activity will support student comprehension.
Format: worksheet/learner's guide
By Pauline S. Johnson.
CareerStart lessons: Grade eight
This collection of lessons aligns the eighth grade curriculum in math, science, English language arts, and social studies with potential career opportunities.
Format: (multiple pages)
CareerStart lessons: Grade six
This collection of lessons aligns the sixth grade curriculum in math, science, English language arts, and social studies with potential career opportunities.
Format: (multiple pages)
Change in the mountains
The resources on this page are designed to help educators teach about changes that have occurred in the mountain region of North Carolina over the last century. The lessons will provide an opportunity for students to learn about the effects technological innovation had on community development in mountain communities.
Format: lesson plan
Child labor in the cotton mills
The resources on this page are designed to help educators teach about what life was like for children working in the cotton mills of North Carolina in the early 20th century. Through these lessons, students will learn about child labor by listening to the oral histories of people who worked in these cotton mills as children.
Format: lesson plan
Connecting with community through oral history
In Oral history in the classroom, page 5
Through interviews and photographs, Harnett County students learn about their community's agricultural past.
Format: article
By Jean Sweeney Shawver.
Educator's Guides: North Carolina Digital History
Best practices, process guides, worksheets, and other resources for teaching with LEARN NC's digital textbook of North Carolina history.
Format: (multiple pages)
Experience North Carolina's state parks with EELEs
An EELE is an Environmental Education Learning Experience -- a site-specific program offered by the North Carolina state parks system. EELEs include pre-visit activities, on-site activities and post-visit activities, but they do not necessarily have to be used in conjunction with a group visit. Educators can attend EELE workshops to gain rich educational experiences that provide knowledge, insight, and immediate practical materials for use in the classroom.
Format: article
By Linda Dow.
Food for thought: Elementary lessons on nutrition and healthy living
Teaching children about the importance of a healthy diet and plenty of exercise creates a basis for a healthy lifestyle. These lesson plans for grades K-5 provide fun activities to get them started on this path.
Format: lesson plan (multiple pages)
The George Moses Horton Project: Celebrating a triumph of literacy
The only American poet to publish books of poems while living in slavery, George Moses Horton is an inspiration for the power of literacy in our lives.
By Marjorie Hudson.
Grooming in 1930s North Carolina
Using primary source materials, this lesson plan provides a glimpse into the lives of girls and women from the 1930s and will give students the opportunity to study what was considered attractive for the time, how the Depression affected grooming practices, and the universal concept of healthful living.
Format: article
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Hurricane Floyd
The lesson on this page are designed to help educators teach about Hurricane Floyd and its aftermath. In these activities, students learn more about flooding that occurred as a result fo the hurricane and what it feels like to be a survivor of such an event.
Format: lesson plan
Intrigue of the Past
Lesson plans and essays for teachers and students explore North Carolina's past before European contact. Designed for grades four through eight, the web edition of this book covers fundamental concepts, processes, and issues of archaeology, and describes the peoples and cultures of the Paleoindian, Archaic, Woodland, and Mississippian periods.
Format: book (multiple pages)
Key industries: Furniture
In Recent North Carolina, page 3.5
The traditional North Carolina furniture industry has been experiencing drastic changes in the past decade. This article gives an overview of the industry's history and current state in North Carolina.
Format: article
The Lost Colony
Sir Walter Raleigh's brother, Sir Humphrey Gilbert, attempted an English settlement in North America first. He made landfall in Nova Scotia and sailed down the coast, searching for possible settlement locations. His expedition was met with constant storms...
By William M. Wisser.
"Magic Eye" discussion questions
In Tobacco bag stringing: Elementary activity two, page 3
Each of you has looked carefully at one of the photographs. You have talked about your photograph with the others in your group. Now, think about all of the different photographs. What can they tell us about what it was like to live in that section of North...
Format: article
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Meeting North Carolina's mammals
Coyotes, deer, rabbits, and raccoons range nearly everywhere in North Carolina. By looking for signs and tracks around your school campus, students can learn all about them.
By Linda Dow.
North Carolina history: Grade 4 educator's guide
This educator's guide provides teaching suggestions designed to facilitate using the digital North Carolina history textbook with fourth-grade students.
Format: (multiple pages)
An outbuilding on the historic Hope Plantation near Windsor, North Carolina
An outbuilding on the historic Hope Plantation near Windsor, North Carolina
This is an outbuilding on the historic Hope Plantation near Windsor, North Carolina. The Hope Mansion was the house of former North Carolina Governor David Stone. It is located approximately four miles from Windsor, the seat of Bertie County.
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Race in Charlotte schools
The lesson on this page are designed to help educators teach about school desegregation in the South. In these activities, students immerse themselves in a time period when public schools were first becoming integrated by listening to oral histories of people who experienced this change first-hand.
Format: lesson plan