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Important Announcement about Online Courses and LEARN NC.

Important Message about LEARN NC

LEARN NC is evaluating its role in the current online education environment as it relates directly to the mission of UNC-Chapel Hill School of Education (UNC-CH SOE). We plan to look at our ability to facilitate the transmission of the best research coming out of UNC-CH SOE and other campus partners to support classroom teachers across North Carolina. We will begin by evaluating our existing faculty and student involvement with various NC public schools to determine what might be useful to share with you.

Don’t worry! The lesson plans, articles, and textbooks you use and love aren’t going away. They are simply being moved into the new LEARN NC Digital Archive. While we are moving away from a focus on publishing, we know it’s important that educators have access to these kinds of resources. These resources will be preserved on our website for the foreseeable future. That said, we’re directing our resources into our newest efforts, so we won’t be adding to the archive or updating its contents. This means that as the North Carolina Standard Course of Study changes in the future, we won’t be re-aligning resources. Our full-text and tag searches should make it possible for you to find exactly what you need, regardless of standards alignment.

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Resources tagged with ecology are also tagged with these keywords. Select one to narrow your search or to find interdisciplinary resources.

Mix and match ecology: Human impact
This high-school biology lesson uses a group activity to teach students about the impact of human actions on natural resources.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Science)
By MaryBeth Knight Greene.
Mix and match ecology: Symbiosis
In this high-school biology lesson, students gain an understanding of the three kinds of symbiotic relationships by creating relationships between imaginary animals.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8–12 )
By MaryBeth Knight Greene.
The mountains of Nepal: Scientific investigations
This lesson introduces students to the mountain ecosystems of Nepal. Activities include a brainstorming activity, in which students think about ecosystems and biodiversity; a research activity, in which students use a variety of sources to gather information about the mountain ecosystems of Nepal; and a journal activity, in which students create journal entries based on the information gathered in their research.
Format: lesson plan (grade 5 and 7 Information Skills, Science, and Social Studies)
By Robin Bartoletti.
The regions of North Carolina
In Two worlds: Educator's guide, page 1.2
In this lesson, students analyze the differences between North Carolina's geographical regions: the Mountains, the Piedmont, and the Inner and Outer Coastal Plain.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
StreamWatch
This lesson is intended as a long term project to determine the overall health of a stream or wetland. Students identify seasonal changes that occur within the ecosystem, ideally with a minimum of bimonthly or monthly monitoring.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Science)
By B. Carl Rush.
Vietnam waterways: Ecology and conservation
In this interdisciplinary lesson for grades 6-8, students will examine the relationship between the physical environment and cultural characteristics of the Mekong River valley in Vietnam. Students will evaluate the current conditions of the Mekong River and suggest long-range solutions for improving, restoring, or preserving the quality of the river.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 Information Skills, Science, and Social Studies)
By Edie McDowell.
We all live downstream
This lesson uses the North American Streamside exhibit of the North Carolina Zoological Park as an inquiry-based starting point for a stream ecology study.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8–10 English Language Arts and Science)
By Eddie Hamblin.

Resources on the web

American Geological Institute
A site devoted to providing information and resources related to the geosciences, with a focus on earth science in education. Includes activities, lesson plans, links to relevant websites, and a section for online Earth science professional development for... (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: American Geological Institute
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
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
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
Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears
Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears, is an exciting online professional development magazine for elementary teachers which features content-rich web sites, interactive videos, animations, articles written specifically for K-2 and 3-5 students that... (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: The Ohio State University
Biodiversity Counts
Biodiversity Counts is a project created by the American Museum of Natural History in conjunction with educators and curriculum specialists from across the country. The creators of the project believe that students learn science best by engaging in authentic... (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: American Museum of Natural History
c.o.o.l. classroom
Students will predict a plankton bloom, determine the displacement of a boat adrift at sea, predict good fishing days, and more while improving basic skills training, problem solving, and critical thinking skills. Find video, printable teaching guides, and... (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: Rutgers University
Camp Silos
Provides educational material related to the natural prairie, pioneer farm life, early agricultural technology, and the story of corn from its early Indian origins to the present using virtual field trips, primary sources, and a variety of other multimedia... (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area
Celebrating Wildflowers
Enjoy wildflowers in your region and learn about the values of these native plants. (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: USDA Forest Service
Center for Global Environmental Education K-12 Classroom Projects
“Fostering environmental literacy and stewardship in citizens of all ages”, this program offers classroom projects and continuing education opportunities to teachers globally.Projects are designed to understand environmental impacts through examples... (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Clean Sweep U.S.A.
This site provides information for kids about important environmental topics related to waste disposal, in a fun and attractive package. It also includes a section of accompanying lesson plans for educators. (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: Keep America Beautiful
Curriki
Curriki is a educational wiki that provides high quality resources from its members. Browse by subject or by newly published content. Search by grade level or by topic. New resources are added daily. You an even download the resources you want... (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Environmental Inquiry
A curriculum series and supporting website designed to provide students with develop research skills specifically in the area of environmental science. (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: Cornell University