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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Benjamin Banneker
The Walking Classroom kids discuss the famous inventor, scientist, astronomer, and writer, Benjamin Banneker. They discuss the challenges that he faced as a black man in the 1700’s. They also talk about his contributions to science and literature and the...
Format: audio/podcast
The Changing Face of Mexico
Essays and activities exploring Mexican culture, past and present. Includes historical perspectives, classroom activities, and recipes.
Format: book (multiple pages)
Colonial North Carolina
Colonial North Carolina from the establishment of the Carolina in 1663 to the eve of the American Revolution in 1763. Compares the original vision for the colony with the way it actually developed. Covers the people who settled North Carolina; the growth of institutions, trade, and slavery; the impact of colonization on American Indians; and significant events such as Culpeper's Rebellion, the Tuscarora War, and the French and Indian Wars.
Format: book (multiple pages)
The Earth and the Moon
The Earth and the Moon
According to the description on the NASA website: During its flight, the Galileo spacecraft returned images of the Earth and Moon. Separate images of the Earth and Moon were combined to generate this view. The Galileo spacecraft took the images...
Format: image/photograph
The Equinox at Chichén Itzá
In The Changing Face of Mexico, page 4.1
Slideshow View a slideshow of photographs of the ancient Maya city of Chichén Itzá. ...
Format: article
Galileo Galilei
The Walking Classroom kids talk about Galileo Galilei, a courageous man who broke with tradition and challenged accepted ideas. The podcast shares information about Galileo’s life, his inventions, and the ultimate decision he had to make regarding his belief...
Format: audio/podcast
Jupiter system montage
Jupiter system montage
According to the description on the NASA website: Jupiter and its four planet-size moons, called the Galilean satellites, were photographed in early March 1979 by Voyager 1 and assembled into this collage. They are not to scale but are in their...
Format: image/photograph
Moon captured with Canon EOS 10D and Meade LX200 GPS Telescope.
Format: image/photograph
North Carolina History: A Sampler
A sample of the more than 800 pages of our digital textbook for North Carolina history, including background readings, various kinds of primary sources, and multimedia. Also includes an overview of the textbook and how to use it.
Format: (multiple pages)
Poor Richard's Almanack
In Colonial North Carolina, page 6.12
In North Carolina History: A Sampler, page 4.1
Excerpts from the alamanc published by Benjamin Franklin show what colonial Americans read and what topics interested them, including weather predictions, religion, history, astrology, and schedules of court dates. Includes both images of the original almanacs and transcriptions as well as historical commentary.
Format: magazine/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by L. Maren Wood and David Walbert.
Transit of Venus
On June 8, 2004, a transit of Venus will occur, the first in 122 years. This article explains what a transit is, why it matters, and when and how you can safely view it.
Format: article
By David Walbert.

Resources on the web

Amazing Space
An interactive website that uses games and activities as well as more in-depth articles to teach and excite children about space. (Learn more)
Format: website/activity
Provided by: Space Telescope Science Institute
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
ASPIRE: Astrophysics Science Project Integrating Research and Education
Interactive science labs and lessons for teachers and students. (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: University of Utah
Astronomy Picture of the Day
View a new annotated astronomical image every day. Also includes an archive of previous days' images, a glossary, and a list of astronomy education links. (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: NASA
BBC: Science and Nature
This large interactive site has a tremendous amount of information in subjects that range from the human body to space travel. (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: BBC
Bill Nye, Science Guy
Bill Nye is the enthusiastic, bow-tied scientist on the Public Broadcasting System. At this site you will find information about Bill Nye, a question of the week, and memos from Bill in the U-Nye-Verse section. When this site was cataloged this memo contained... (Learn more)
Format: website
Provided by: Nye Labs
Brain Pop Free Movies
Free animated movies explaining hiccups, hurricanes, the Harlem Renaissance and more. (Learn more)
Format: website/activity
Provided by: Brain Pop
Calendars Through the Ages
Investigates different cultures' efforts to organize their lives according to the sun, moon and stars as well as comprehensive coverage of their calendars. (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: WebExhibits
Center for History of Physics
The Center for History of Physics preserves and makes known the history of modern physics and allied fields including astronomy, geophysics, optics, and the like. Recognizing the pressing need for reliable history, in 1961 the American Institute... (Learn more)
Format: website
Provided by: American Institute of Physics