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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Bring history to life with a Living History Day!
In Rethinking Reports, page 3.4
A Living History Day turns students into teachers and challenges them to think historically.
Format: article
By Melissa Thibault.
Learning to look at art
Strategies for helping students develop visual literacy in looking at paintings and other forms of visual art.
Format: article
By Melissa Thibault.
Reading photographs
A picture is worth a thousand words — but which words? Questions can help students decode, interpret, and understand photographs thoughtfully and meaningfully.
Format: article
By Melissa Thibault and David Walbert.
Resources for looking at art
A guide to some of the best websites, activities, and print resources for building visual literacy through the study of art.
Format: article
By Melissa Thibault.
Rethinking Reports
Creative research-based assignments provide alternatives to the President Report, Animal Report, and Famous Person Report that ask students to think about old topics in new ways, work collaboratively, and develop products that support a variety of learning styles.
Format: series (multiple pages)
Staging history: Charter School Teacher of the Year John Hall brings lessons to life
This article shares some of the instructional strategies of John Hall, 2009-10 AT&T Charter School’s Teacher of the Year. Mr. Hall brings social studies lessons to life by incorporating drama and art.
Format: article/best practice
By Dan Lewandowski.

Resources on the web

American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE)
Advocacy, community, instructional materials and professional opportunities for theater artists and drama educators. (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: AATE
Educational Technology Clearinghouse
A comprehensive resource for teachers interested in digital resources for curriculum areas, general education related resources, and reference materials. (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: Bureau of Instruction and Innovation, Florida Department of Education and the Florida Center for Instructional Technology, College of Education, University of South Florida
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
The official site offers links to curriulum, policy, consultants, services and news from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: NC DPI
TeachersFirst: The Web Resource for Teachers
This site contains links to websites for teaching a variety of subjects from elementary through high school with resources organized into a matrix. Levels are grouped into ranges and subjects are listed alphabetically. There is also a link to Professional... (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: Network for Instructional TV, Inc.
WINC Writers and Illustrators of North Carolina
Learn more about children's books published by North Carolinians when the authors and illustrators come and visit your classroom, media center, or conference. (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Write a Brilliant Pantomime With Billy & Wolfy
This compact site is written by a pantomime script author and gives a lighthearted description of how to write pantomimes, including the basic rules, choosing a story, creating characters and scenes, using music, and staging productions specifically for... (Learn more)
Format: website
Provided by: Nick Mellersh