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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ACC basketball
The students will use ACC basketball statistics to practice the process of converting fractions to decimals then to percents and will learn how to create and edit a spreadsheet. They will then use this spreadsheet to analyze their data. This unit is done during the basketball season.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 Information Skills and Mathematics)
By Susan Dougherty.
Animals move!
This plan introduces students to the different ways animals move.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Healthful Living and Mathematics)
By Michelle Tesiero.
Bearly estimating
This is a lesson which allows students to explore with estimation in cooperative learning groups.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 Mathematics)
By Melissa Geiser.
Bouncing ball experiment
In this experiment students should be in groups of 3. Students will drop a ball from different heights and measure the corresponding bounce. Since each group will use a different ball, they will generate different sets of data. They will be asked to discuss and compare their linear function with that of their classmates. They should practice measuring the ball bounce before they begin to collect data.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8–12 Mathematics)
By alicia jones.
Building a paper bridge: An introduction to problem solving
This activity allows the student to explore problem solving strategies while working with a partner. This activity (building a paper bridge), requires students to question word definition and the application of those definitions. Through problem solving strategies, students discover the need for applying math skills.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 Mathematics)
By Steve Walston.
Collecting and organizing data
In this lesson students will learn to collect data and organize the data into a chart using computer technology.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3 Computer/Technology Skills, Information Skills, and Mathematics)
By Rochelle Mullis.
Data gathering - Linear regressions
In groups of three, students gather data by experiment or observation in one of nine activities. Each group models the data they gathered, creates a display, and presents results to the class using an overhead projector.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8–12 Mathematics)
By Judy Pickering.
Density of common liquids
Each lab team will determine the density of water and one of the sample liquids. The class will then compile their information.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6 and 8 English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science)
By Sansia Coble.
Ecuador: A study of population
In this lesson, students will create population pyramid graphs and analyze photographs to investigate population in Ecuador. Students will draw on this analysis to make predictions about how population issues will affect Ecuador's future. The lesson plan is designed to be adapted to the study of various countries.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–7 English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies)
By Eric Eaton.
Exploring probability
Through teacher guidance, students will experiment with objects to generate probable outcomes to consider probability.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4 and 7 Mathematics)
By John Cleveland.
Graphing the week's temperature
Students will collect data, create a graph, and analyze information about the temperatures for a week using Graph Club Software.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1–2 Mathematics and Science)
By Maureen King.
Graphs galore
This lesson will allow students to conduct surveys from a selected number of people. Then the students will be able to use this data to create various kinds of graphs. After completion of the graphs, they will analyze their data and then draw conclusions from this data.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3 Computer/Technology Skills and Mathematics)
By Alta Allen.
Human box and whisker plot
Students will learn how to construct box and whisker plots as they actively participate in being a part of one based upon their heights. As an extension of the lesson, students will learn how to interpret a graph of this type.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 Mathematics)
By Nikki Honeycutt.
Interdisciplinary Integrated Unit on DNA/Genetics Part B: Math
The second lesson of an interdisciplinary integrated unit on DNA and genetics, focusing on math. The other lessons in the unit focus on science and language arts.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–7 Computer/Technology Skills and Mathematics)
By Jane Lentz, Jimmy White, Marlene Smith, and Tori Goldrick.
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.
Ohm's Law made easy with a spreadsheet
In this lesson, students will use math word problems to help them input information into a spreadsheet that will use Ohm's law to calculate current and resistance using common household appliance wattages.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–9 Computer/Technology Skills, Mathematics, and Science)
By Hilda Hamilton.
Raisins, Raisins, Raisins
This lesson involves students in collecting data,organizing data into a line plot, discussing statistics, calculating mean, medain and mode and consumer awareness.
Format: lesson plan (grade 5–6 Mathematics)
By Melanie Simmons.
See how they run!: The 100 meter dash
Middle level students will collect times as they run the 100 meter dash. These times will be depicted through various graphic representations (bar, circle, histogram). Times will be compared to current world records for the 100 meters. Students will decide which Math class ran fastest and support that choice in short essay form. They will also try to determine the faster gender based on the data collected.

This lesson plan is a unit filled with related lesson plans. One or two parts of this project could be completed as a stand-alone lesson, or the entire set of activities and extensions could be completed for an involved, integrated unit.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 Mathematics)
By Holly Smith.
Solar sizzlers
Group projects of building solar cookers or collectors provide arena for learning about energy sources and transformation. Gathering data for comparison and analysis exercises students' graphing skills and thinking.
Format: lesson plan (grade 5 Information Skills, Mathematics, and Science)
By Larry Parker.
Solid graphing
The students will review solid figures using a baggie of assorted snack mix (cones, cubes, cylinders, and spheres) and will begin a vertical bar graph showing the number of each solid figure in a bag of assorted snack mix.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2–3 Mathematics)
By Lisa Fletcher.