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Important Message about LEARN NC

LEARN NC is evaluating its role in the current online education environment as it relates directly to the mission of UNC-Chapel Hill School of Education (UNC-CH SOE). We plan to look at our ability to facilitate the transmission of the best research coming out of UNC-CH SOE and other campus partners to support classroom teachers across North Carolina. We will begin by evaluating our existing faculty and student involvement with various NC public schools to determine what might be useful to share with you.

Don’t worry! The lesson plans, articles, and textbooks you use and love aren’t going away. They are simply being moved into the new LEARN NC Digital Archive. While we are moving away from a focus on publishing, we know it’s important that educators have access to these kinds of resources. These resources will be preserved on our website for the foreseeable future. That said, we’re directing our resources into our newest efforts, so we won’t be adding to the archive or updating its contents. This means that as the North Carolina Standard Course of Study changes in the future, we won’t be re-aligning resources. Our full-text and tag searches should make it possible for you to find exactly what you need, regardless of standards alignment.

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Algebra for the real world
Students will solve real world and mathematical problem situations using simple algebraic concepts including variables and open sentences.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4–5 Mathematics)
Balancing equations using matrices
In Integrating Chemistry and Algebra II, page 2
This lesson is designed to show students a practical application for matrices within the context of chemistry.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Mathematics and Science)
By Jennifer Elmo.
Careers in banking: Working with exponential growth
In CareerStart lessons: Grade eight, page 2.9
In this lesson, students use exponential growth to solve problems related to careers in banking.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9 Mathematics)
By Debbie Brooks, Peggy Dickey, and Jan Sullivan.
"Chips" ahoy!
This lesson will help children recognize, continue, and create number patterns, as well as find the rules for the patterns. The activities progress from concrete to semi-concrete to abstract.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4 Mathematics)
By Terri Downing.
Chutes and ladders - Quadratic equations review
This lesson is designed as a review lesson for solving quadratic equations. Students will play the game "Chutes and Ladders," modified for quadratic equations, as they review for the test.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Mathematics)
By michelle longest.
Cubic expressions: Application to fluid transport systems through Murray’s law
In A mathematical model to describe fluid behavior, page 2
The students will view a schematic image of a leaf and the veins of the plant that circulate fluid throughout the leaf. Using a simplified version of Murray’s law, the students will be able to mathematically model the fluid transport system of some plants and animals.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 Mathematics)
By Jenny Rucker.
Density
In Integrating Chemistry and Algebra II, page 3
Students will determine the density of two unknown liquids by collecting mass and volume data. Each group of students will be given a different volume of the liquids to measure, they will combine their data to create a graph. Using the graph students will determine the density of the two liquids by calculating the slope of the two lines. Students will also use a graphing calculator to determine the slope of the two lines.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8–12 English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science)
By Jennifer Elmo.
Determining the atomic mass of elements in a compound using matrices
In Integrating Chemistry and Algebra II, page 4
This lesson is designed to show students a practical application for matrices within the context of chemistry.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Mathematics and Science)
By Jennifer Elmo.
Equation Math-O
Students will review different types of equations by playing Math-O.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–7 Mathematics)
By Tracy Howell.
Free falling: Working with radicals
In CareerStart lessons: Grade eight, page 2.4
In this lesson, students solve problems involving radicals and discuss the importance of radicals in various careers.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9 Mathematics)
By Debbie Brooks, Peggy Dickey, and Jan Sullivan.
French fries up and down
The students will get hands-on practice working with patterns and translating them to numerical sequences. This lesson reaches visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learners all at the same time.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4 Mathematics)
By Annie Nesbitt.
Graphing quadratic equations
This lesson will help students quickly graph a quadratic equation. It will also help them to understand the purpose of completing the square.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Mathematics)
By Kathy Schadt.
Half-life
In Integrating Chemistry and Algebra II, page 5
This activity integrates Chemistry and Algebra II by using the concepts of half-life and exponential decay. Half-life is a way for students to see a real-life use of exponential decay functions.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Mathematics and Science)
By Jennifer Elmo.
Homerun hoopla
This lesson is designed for students to gather and analyze data about baseball figures. The student will use the Internet or other resources to collect statistical data on the top five home run hitters for the current season as well as their career home run totals. The students will graph the data and determine if it is linear or non-linear.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8–12 Mathematics)
By Anne Walters.
Integrating Chemistry and Algebra II
This unit links chemistry concepts to algebra II skills. Students will use systems of equations to solve problems and matrices to balance chemical reactions.
Format: lesson plan (multiple pages)
Introduction to polar coordinates
The student will be introduced to the definition of polar coordinates, how to graph them, and how to compare them to rectangular coordinates.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Mathematics)
By vicky burlington.
Investigating linear equations
Using a graphic calculator to compare the slope and y-intercept of lines to understand the slope-intercept form (y = mx+b) and what effect each has on a line.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8–12 Mathematics)
By Misty Jarman.
Irrational numbers: Application to natural frequency and resonance
In A mathematical model to describe fluid behavior, page 1
After a discussion about the effects of natural phenomena on an object’s natural frequency, students will conduct an experiment to model resonance in plant stems and measure the natural frequency of pine trees. Through these activities, the students will gain an understanding of frequency, natural frequency, resonance, oscillations and square roots.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 Mathematics)
By Jenny Rucker.
Isotopic pennies
In Integrating Chemistry and Algebra II, page 6
In this lesson, student use a system of equations to determine the number of each type of “atom” in a closed container.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Mathematics and Science)
By Jennifer Elmo.
Learning to use R statistical software for data mining — An extension of linear regression to multiple variables
In Understanding data mining: Extracting, organizing, and analyzing large sets of data, page 3
In this lesson, students will use the free R statistical software to navigate through the basics of data mining, a process in which the effects of individual variables can be determined. Students will utilize multiple methods of variable selection — forward selection, backward selection, and stepwise selection — in an attempt to determine which variables are most influential in a given situation.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Mathematics)
By Dail Midgette.