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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Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education
This Center has an extensive list of programs for preschool age students through college with a focus on life science and technology.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Digestion process
This page from Esther Weiner's book, The Incredible Human Body explains how we digest our food. From the chewing of food and breakdown by saliva in our mouths to elimination,...
Format: document/document
DNA wrap: Packaging matters
In this lesson, students learn about epigenetics and its role in gene expression.
Format: lesson plan
By Dana Haine.
Gel electrophoresis
Gel electrophoresis
Gel electrophoresis showing six DNA tracks. In the first row (left), DNA with known fragment sizes was used as a reference. Different bands indicate different fragment sizes (the smaller, the faster it...
Format: image/photograph
Gel electrophoresis equipent
Gel electrophoresis equipent
This liquid-filled box and attached power supply are used for gel electrophoresis.
Format: image/photograph
How to make a linkage map based on phenotype of offspring
In Restoring the American chestnut, page 5
The approximate distance of two genes that are located near each other on the same chromosome can be determined by observing the phenotype of the offspring and calculating how the results differ from the expected Mendelian cross. This lesson walks students through those calculations and shows how to make a linkage map of three traits on the same chromosome. It uses actual traits found in American chestnut trees to teach this concept.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Science)
By Shelley Casey.

Resources on the web

Access Excellence: The National Health Museum
A collection of resources for the bioscience educator including current biology and health articles, biotech career information, web resources, online forums, classroom activities, and a peer-reviewed journal. (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: National Health Museum
All About Butterflies
Information, crafts, and classroom activities about butterflies. (Learn more)
Format: website/activity
Provided by: Enchanted Learning
Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
An introduction to the refuge containing information about the habitat, native plants, and wildlife species, as well as details about refuge activities, programs, and events. (Learn more)
Format: website/activity
Provided by: Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
American Environmental Photographs, 1891-1936: Images from the University of Chicago Library
A collection of approximately 4,500 photographs documenting natural environments, ecologies, and plant communities in the United States at the end of the nineteenth and the beginning of the twentieth century. (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: Library of Congress
Animal Diversity Web
An online database containing information about thousands of different animals and includes virtual reality movies, images, diagrams, photographs, and sounds of many of the creatures. (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: University of Michigan Museum of Zoology
Antarctica: Scientific Journeys from McMurdo to the Pole
A multimedia website that uses such resources as webcasts, interactive maps, and video clips to document the journey of a team of explorers throughout Antarctica. (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: The Exploratorium
Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
A variety of maps, information, and images about the wildlife and wildlands of the Artic National Wildlife Refuge. (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
The Arctic Studies Center
Incorporating research and online exhibitions, this site explores and preserves the culture and history of Northern people using slide shows, images, audio, video, and engaging text. (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Arctic Theme Page
Links to widely distributed data and information from research institutions throughout the world focused on the Arctic. Available information on the website includes relevant data, graphics, and forecasts, including historical perspectives and in-depth analyses. (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
ARKive: Images of Life on Earth
A digital library that strives to document and centralize information, images, and audio and video recordings of endangered and protected species throughout the world. (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: Wildscreen Trust
Artificial Anatomy: Paper Mache Anatomical Models
An online collection of paper-mache anatomical models including human, veterinary, and botancial specimens with details on the history and preservation of these exhibit items. (Learn more)
Format: website/activity
Provided by: Smithsonian Institution National Museum of American History
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
Australian Museum Online
Founded in 1827, the Australian Museum is Australia's oldest museum. A museum of natural history and anthropology, its collections cover invertebrate and vertebrate zoology, mineralogy and paleontology, and anthropology. The online presence of this museum... (Learn more)
Format: website
Provided by: Australian Museum
Backyard Conservation
Backyard Conservation, from the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service, demonstrates ways that conservation practices used on farmland can be used to conserve and improve natural resources on the land around your home and school. Topics... (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: United States Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service