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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Fagatele Bay National Marine Sanctuary
The only true tropical reef in the National Marine Sanctuary program is located in American Samoa. Find images and information about American Samoa, the area's sea life, coral reef, and more. (Learn more)
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Provided by: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Field Trip Earth
Field Trip Earth focuses on field-based wildlife conservation research projects ongoing around the world. Some of the projects are "live," and others are archived so readers may continue to access the relevant articles, photos, videos, and other materials.... (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: Field Trip Earth
Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary
Find information, educational resources, images, and more that look at coral reefs, seagrass beds, mangroves, Benthic habitats of the Florida Keys, submerged cultural resources, and shipwrecks. Also learn about conservation topics such as marine zoning, marine... (Learn more)
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Provided by: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Focus on Forests
Learn about why forests matter and what we can do to protect our forests. (Learn more)
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Provided by: World Land Trust
Forces of Nature
Make your own volcano; set off an earthquake; create a hurricane; and cause your own tornado as you learn about all the forces of Mother Nature. (Learn more)
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Provided by: National Geographic
Interactive science modules for K-2 and 3-6 focusing on topics such as weather, nutrition, animals, solar energy, and measurements. Interactive courses for middle school include the human brain, earth history, planetary science, and a lot more. Teacher registration... (Learn more)
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Provided by: Lawrence Hall of Science at Berkeley
Franklin Institute Science Museum
For over 176 years, The Franklin Institute has been as much a part of the Philadelphia landscape as the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. This is the on-line version of the museum. (Learn more)
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Provided by: The Franklin Institute Science Museum
Free Online MIT Course Materials
At this site MIT provides a number of great resources for high school teachers and students. These include video demonstrations, AP level practice problems and exam questions, hands on learning examples, and links to further resources from MIT education outreach... (Learn more)
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Provided by: MIT
Frogwatch USA
A national frogwatching project includes nine easy steps of how to observe and report on frogs, a U.S. map containing frog information and observer reports, field guides containing frog images and sounds, and information on creating a frog haven in your own... (Learn more)
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Provided by: National Wildlife Federation
Garbage: How Can My Community Reduce Waste?
Find out how to help the environment by taking care of the waste we generate. (Learn more)
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Provided by: Annenberg Media
Geography Action!
Activities, lesson plans, and a showcase of natural sounds help students and teachers explore topics such as biodiversity, conservation, habitats, population, rivers, and U.S. public spaces in an effort to celebrate Geography Awareness Week all year long. (Learn more)
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Provided by: National Geographic
Geologic Hazards: Landslides
Find out what a landslide is and research recent landslides and related events, images, state and local landslide information. Links to teacher and student materials including lesson plans, projects, and more. (Learn more)
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Provided by: US Geological Survey
Glacier National Park
The Glacier National Park website from the National Park Service includes a cultural history of the park, information on wildlife, botany, geology, fires and links to current research being conducted in Glacier National Park. Special sections are devoted... (Learn more)
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Provided by: National Park Service
Global Climate Change
Explore scientific data relating to the atmosphere, the oceans, the areas covered by ice and snow, and the living organisms. Get a sense of how scientists study natural phenomena, how researchers gather evidence, test theories, and come to conclusions. (Learn more)
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Provided by: Exploratorium
Global Education
This website was developed to enhance the teaching of global education in Australia. It strives to raise students' awareness of international issues, development and poverty, and to prepare them to be citizens in the globalized world. The site contains... (Learn more)
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Global Volcanism Program
Not sure what a volcano is or how it erupts? Check out this site to find answers to these questions as well as how long an eruption lasts or what is the highest volcano in the world. Also investigate over 1500 different volcanoes of the world. (Learn more)
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Provided by: Smithsonian Institution
Global Warming Kids Site
Explore the concepts of the greenhouse effect, climate and weather, and global warming and why they are important. Learn what the climate system is and find out about the people who study it. And get a glimpse at how the climate has changed over the ages and... (Learn more)
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Provided by: EPA
The Globe Program
A primary and secondary school-based science and education program that involves students in authentic scientific activities. Students take scientifically valid measurements in the fields of atmosphere, hydrology, soils, and land cover, depending on what they... (Learn more)
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Provided by: National Center for Atmospheric Research
Good Stuff? A Behind-the-Scenes Guide to the Things We Buy
Access to research that investigates how the products we purchase impact the environment and our family. Worldwatch provides research articles and environment friendly recommendations. (Learn more)
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Provided by: Worldwatch Institute
The Gorilla Foundation
Learn about the protection, preservation and propagation of gorillas and the longest interspecies communication study ever conducted. (Learn more)
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Provided by: The Gorilla Foundation