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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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.
Body graphing
"Body Graphing" is an interactive graphing activity involving manipulatives to compare graphing results. With the use of ropes and unifix cubes students will learn to compare and contrast their body with classmates. The graphing activity can be extended to graph differences with height, hair and eye color, and other physical attributes.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 Mathematics)
By patsy morgan.
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.
Chocolate! Chocolate! Chocolate!
Using chocolate as a theme, students will become involved in reading, writing, math, word study/spelling and other developmentally appropriate (integrated) activities. The unit includes centers for the classroom along with whole group activities.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 English Language Arts and Mathematics)
By Luwonna Oakes.
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.
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.
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.
Fluid Properties and scale models: Applying the Reynolds Number
In A mathematical model to describe fluid behavior, page 3
During this lesson, students will gain a more realistic understanding of the use of scale models and understand that conditions beyond similarity of the objects are necessary for a scale model to function in the same manner as the actual object. The students will gain knowledge of how the properties of fluids, specifically density and viscosity, affect the movement of fluid around objects.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science)
By Jenny Rucker.
Graphing and measurement go hand-in-hand
Students learn how to use customary measurement using inches or centimeters and data collection and graphing simultaneously. Students will measure the length of their foot, arm span, hand span, or head circumference to the nearest centimeter or inch. Next they will collect and represent their data by constructing a graph.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2–3 Mathematics)
By Fran Toledano.
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.
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.
Introduction to Venn diagrams
Students will learn how to use a Venn diagram to categorize data. This activity is done as an introduction to Venn diagrams.
Format: lesson plan (grade 5 Mathematics)
By Melissa Bancroft.
Learning about rocks
In this lesson, students will be engaged in hands-on experiences while they explore rocks.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 Mathematics and Science)
By Debbie Hansman.
Kindergarten students will work with an older grade buddy (we worked with 1st grade students) to make predictions, and then over a two-week period, see changes in lima bean growth, and be able to document the lima bean's progress. The buddies will work together to create an illustrated short story about lima bean characters that they create.
Format: lesson plan (grade K English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science)
By Kristi Waddle.
A mathematical model to describe fluid behavior
Middle school students will learn how to use math to model and predict natural phenomena. Through hands-on labs, students will explore the behavior and effects of fluid in and around objects and organisms. Students will investigate and create fluid transport systems and gather data to calculate natural frequencies. Using scale models to gain a better understanding, they will use data to predict real-life effects on trees and other structures.
Format: lesson plan (multiple pages)
Plant power
Students will plant their own seeds in potting soil and measure plant growth. Before the students' plants are visible above the soil, students will explore the parts and functions of classroom plants and compare growth between the classroom plants. Using the weather channel website, students will predict whether the day's weather conditions are excellent, good, or poor for plant growth.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 Mathematics and Science)
By Rhonda Hathcock.
Project Groundhog
The students will determine the groundhog prediction of either six more weeks of winter or an early spring and see if the prediction was accurate by recording daily weather data for six weeks. Over that six week period the students will be comparing their weekly data with schools around the USA and Canada using the Project Groundhog website.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2 Mathematics and Science)
By Jane Diamond.
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.