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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Mr. Griggs' Work
The students will learn about the importance of responsibility, dependability, punctuality, honesty, and effort in the workplace through the reading of the book Mr. Griggs' Work. The students will have the opportunity to explore these character traits in their own work setting.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–5 Guidance)
By William Hodge.
Africa: Interpreting physical maps
In CareerStart lessons: Grade seven, page 4.1
In this lesson for grade seven, students look at a physical map of Africa and use it to speculate how the geography of a given region might affect human culture in that area.
Format: lesson plan (grade 7 Social Studies)
By Mary B. Taylor.Adapted by Kenyatta Bennett and Sonya Rexrode.
Archaeology as a career
In Intrigue of the Past, page 5.2
In their study of archaeology as a career, students will read essays and complete an activity to gain an understanding of and appreciation for the career of a professional archaeologist.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–5 Guidance)
Artifact ethics
In Intrigue of the Past, page 5.5
In their study of archaeological issues students will use ethical dilemmas to examine their own values and beliefs about archaeological site protection. They will also evaluate possible actions they might take regarding site and artifact protection.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–5 Guidance and Social Studies)
Australia: Careers, collisions, and compromises
In CareerStart lessons: Grade seven, page 4.8
In this lesson for grade seven, students learn about Australia and discuss the compromises that are sometimes necessary between economic development and environmental preservation. Students work through problem-based learning questions using Australia as the background.
Format: lesson plan (grade 7 Social Studies)
By Joann Via.Adapted by Meredith Ebert.
Autobiographical expression
In CareerStart lessons: Grade six, page 1.2
This lesson for grade 6 introduces students to the theory of multiple intelligences. Students consider what their personal strengths are according to this theory.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 English Language Arts and Guidance)
By Ruth Roberts.Adapted by Jennifer Brookshire and Julie McCann.
Biologists: Working with probability
In CareerStart lessons: Grade six, page 2.7
In this lesson for grade six, students will use theoretical probability to predict genetic outcomes, and will understand how mathematical probability is used in biological careers.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–7 Mathematics and Science)
By Kim Abrams, Mike McDowell, and Barbara Strange.
BioMusic
Two units of biomusicology instruction for grades 2–3 and 4–5. Your students will be fascinated by these lessons that cover the miracles of animal communication, the mechanics of sound, and their connections to the field of music.
Format: lesson plan (multiple pages)
Biomusicologist
In BioMusic, page 1.8
In this lesson, students will learn about the field of biomusicology. They will investigate current scientific research and understand how researchers often must work in teams to achieve their goals.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2–3 Guidance and Music Education)
By Debra Hall and Crystal Patillo.
Bones and muscles
In CareerStart lessons: Grade seven, page 3.4
In this lesson for grade seven, students draw bones inside an outline of a human body, and then conduct experiments exploring how muscles work.
Format: lesson plan (grade 7 Science)
By John Boyd.Adapted by Mitzi Talbert.
Branching out into politics: The structure of federal and state government
In CareerStart lessons: Grade eight, page 6.4
In this lesson plan for grade eight, students learn how the three branches of the U.S. government work together to accomplish their goals at the federal and state level.
Format: lesson plan
By Andrea Stewart, Keisha Gabriel, and Patty Grant.
Breathe in, breathe out
In CareerStart lessons: Grade seven, page 3.3
In this lesson for grade seven, students will discuss lung capacity and brainstorm careers in which it's important to have a good lung capacity. Students will conduct an experiment to measure their lung capacity.
Format: lesson plan (grade 5 and 7 English Language Arts and Science)
By John Boyd.Adapted by Mitzi Talbert.
Building a catapult
In CareerStart lessons: Grade seven, page 3.7
In this lesson for grade seven, students review simple machines and explore how they're used in various careers. Students work in groups to design, construct, and test catapults.
Format: lesson plan (grade 7 Science)
By Emma Couch.Adapted by Mitzi Talbert.
Car mania: The legacy of the Industrial Revolution
In CareerStart lessons: Grade six, page 4.8
In this lesson, students participate in an assembly-line activity and gain an understanding of the role of the assembly line in the Industrial Revolution.
Format: lesson plan (grade 7 Social Studies)
By Shea Calloway and Julie McCann.
Career areas of science: Vocabulary
In CareerStart lessons: Grade eight, page 5.1
In this lesson for grade eight, students discuss different scientific disciplines and gain an understanding of the suffix -ology.
Format: lesson plan
By Tammy Johnson and Martha Tedrow.
Career research and acrostic poetry
In CareerStart lessons: Grade six, page 1.6
In this lesson for grade 6, each student will research a chosen career and will use the information to create an acrostic poem.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 English Language Arts and Guidance)
By Holly Grout, Deborah Smith, and Natalie Summers.Adapted by Jennifer Brookshire and Julie McCann.
Career research and writing
In CareerStart lessons: Grade seven, page 1.2
In this lesson for grade seven, students will learn about a career that interests them and then share what they learned in peer groups. Students will then write a letter to the Better Business Bureau stating why they should be given an internship in their chosen career.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 English Language Arts and Guidance)
By Michelle Kimel.Adapted by Kenyatta Bennett, Anissia Jenkins, and Sonya Rexrode.
Career skill: Writing expressions and equations
In CareerStart lessons: Grade seven, page 2.9
In this lesson for grade seven, students will translate between natural language sentences and mathematical equations. Students will discuss how this skill may be useful in various careers.
Format: lesson plan (grade 7 Mathematics)
By Peggy Dickey and Barbara Turner.Adapted by Sharon Abell.
Career vocabulary
In CareerStart lessons: Grade seven, page 1.1
In this lesson for grade seven, students will become familiar with vocabulary related to careers.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 English Language Arts and Guidance)
By Anissia Jenkins.Adapted by Kenyatta Bennett and Sonya Rexrode.
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.