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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Blueberries for Sal: Counting and correspondence
This lesson is designed to aid the teacher in teaching the math skills of one to one correspondence, number recognition, and matching numbers to sets. It is also a great lesson to intergrate into a unit on Bears or the color Blue.
Format: lesson plan (grade K English Language Arts and Mathematics)
By Wrenn Smith.
Bugs, bugs, bugs
This lesson integrates writing and the study of insects by having the students create a book following the pattern of How Many Bugs in a Box? by David A. Carter.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 Computer/Technology Skills, English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science)
By Vicki Rivenbark.
Bunny addition
This lesson integrates language arts, music, and math. The children will listen to the story Count on Bunnies. They will be given the opportunity to act out the story and solve bunny equations. After listening to the song "Five Young Rabbits," the children will take turns being rabbits and pantomiming the actions as the class sings. The children will combine the rabbits at the end of each verse to see how many rabbits have been added. Then they will work in pairs to create their own rabbit equations.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 English Language Arts and Mathematics)
By Becky Smith.
Color-coded time
This lesson introduces telling time to the minute using the analog and digital clocks. The hands are color-coded to assist with hour and minute hand discrimination. The student will use the time on the digital clock, which can then be transferred to the more difficult analog clock.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2–3 Mathematics)
By Anne Clodfelter.
Counting fun
This is a lesson on counting that takes 30 minutes. It is a good whole group activity for beginning counting, (forwards and backwards), and numeral recognition 1-10 to use early in the year. It is also good for math in literature. The activity can be extended as a counting game to use individually or small group during work stations.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Mathematics)
By Karen McNeely.
Easter egg math
Using colored Easter eggs, students will sort by color, count eggs, and graph data.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Mathematics)
By Marie Messer.
Estimating quantities
Students will estimate items individually. As a whole group, they will check to determine the closest guess.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Mathematics)
By Aimee Stewart.
Jack-o-Light
We use pumpkins to demonstrate that fire needs air to burn. This goes really well with Fire Safety Week and our pumpkin unit. Also, we 'guesstimate' how many pumpkin seeds are in the pumpkin. We roast them afterwards by following a recipe. You can also create a Kids Pix picture of pumpkins.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 Healthful Living, Mathematics, and Science)
By Michele Tipton.
Math in the White House
This plan uses an online tour of the White House to reinforce the concept of tallying.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 Mathematics)
By Bunnie R. Brewer, Missy Colborn, Kathy Hale, Kim Roberson, and Emily White.
More, less, and equal
Students will identify sets and numbers that are more, less, or equal to each other while participating in a variety of games and activities.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Mathematics)
By Rachel Fiscus.
Number fun
Students will use games to recognize numbers. They will match the number with a set of objects. This is a two day lesson with 45 minutes each day.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Mathematics)
By Kay Nix.
Oodles of ordinals
Children will integrate Math, Social Studies, Physical Education, Art, and Music to discover, explore, practice and enjoy the ordinal numbers “first” through “tenth.”
Format: lesson plan (grade K Mathematics)
By Cynthia Woolery.
Sea inventory
In this lesson students will create a beach mural with sand, shells, and blue and white finger paints. They will count objects added to the mural as they go along.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 Visual Arts Education and Mathematics)
By Dinah Jackson.
"Shaping up" with ordinal numbers
This lesson teaches students ordinal numbers through literature, and a visual memory game, and it reviews shapes, colors, and ordinal numbers with a listening and following-directions assessment.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Mathematics)
By Sue Bowen.
To market we will go
In a market simulation, students will experience the roles of producers and consumers. The crafts in this market may be easily tied in with winter multicultural holidays (Christmas, Kwaanza, Hanukkah, Hmong New Year, Las Posadas, etc.) Students can purchase gifts for their family members at the market.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2 and 4 English Language Development and Social Studies)
By Ellen Douglas and Melissa Park.

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Begin with buttons: Looking back and moving forward
This Illuminations lesson is the last of an eight-part unit titled “Begin With Buttons.” In this lesson, students review the work of the previous lessons through a variety of activity stations, one of which involves using an interactive website.... (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade K–2 Mathematics)
Provided by: Illuminations
Building numbers to five
This Illuminations lesson is the first of an eight-part unit titled “Count to 10.” In this lesson, students make groups of zero to 5 objects, connect number names to the groups, compose and decompose numbers, and use numerals to record the size... (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade K–2 Mathematics)
Provided by: Illuminations
Building numbers up to 10
In this lesson, one of a seven-part unit from Illuminations titled “Let's Count to 20,” students construct sets of numbers up to 10, write numerals up to 10, and count up to 10 rationally. They use ten frames and also make bean sticks. (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade K–2 Mathematics)
Provided by: Illuminations
Building sets of 11 and 12
In this lesson, one of a seven-part unit from Illuminations titled “Let's Count to 20,” students explore sets of 11 and 12. They use bean sticks, connecting cubes, and ten frames to construct sets of 11 and 12, and then record and compare them. (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade K–2 Mathematics)
Provided by: Illuminations
Building sets of 13 and 14
In this lesson, one of a seven-part unit from Illuminations titled “Let's Count to 20,” students explore sets of 13 and 14. They construct and identify sets of 13 and size 14. They then compare sets to sets of size 13 and size 14, record the... (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade K–2 Mathematics)
Provided by: Illuminations