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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National Institutes of Health Office of Science Education: Free Resources for Science Teachers
Provides free resources for sciences teachers on a selection of 41 topics for all grade levels. Students will engage in the supporting, interactive multimedia activities. (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: National Institutes of Health
National Marine Sanctuaries
An essential resource for the classroom studying marine science. Includes virtual tours of marine sanctuaries of the United States and their territories, virtual dives, photos, videos, lesson plans, lab experiments, workshops, and much more. Learn about coral... (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
National Museum of Natural History
Visit the museum online. Users can take a virtual tour and explore exhibits full of gigantic dinosaurs, precious gems and minerals, and Hawaiian treasures...and a lot more! Find out about the research conducted by the museum and link to many of their in-depth... (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: National Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian Institution
National Oceanographic Data Center
Find the data and images provided by NOAA personnel, who fly into hurricanes, battle stormy seas, tag turtles and whales, take scientific readings at the South Pole, monitor the health of coral reefs, or engage in virtually any task that can be thought of... (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: NOAA
The National Park Service
Explore NPS parks, find information about American history and culture, as well as nature and science. Includes games, images, sounds, and free curriculum materials and ideas. (Learn more)
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Provided by: National Park Service
The National Science Foundation
Super scientific articles, audio clips, videos, and interactive features about a panopoly of innovations: the Internet, robots, artificial heart valves, frozen frogs, extrasolar planets, memory, data mining, and more. Get the latest news and classroom resources... (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: National Science Foundation
The National Wildlife Federation
Learn about animals in far away places and in home backyards. Learn how to support the protection of the world's wildlife and preserve their habitats. (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: National Wildlife Federation
National Zoo
Sponsored by the Smithsonian Institute, this site contains a rich collection of information and resources including amazing images and webcams featuring flamingos and all kinds of amazing creatures. Visit Conservation Central to learn about preserving temperate-forest... (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: Smithsonian Institution
Nationalatlas.gov
The National Atlas of the United States of America online and completely interactive! Customize a map, play with interactive maps, print preformatted maps, and more! (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: United States Department of the Interior
NationalGeographic.com Kids
Sponsored by National Geographic, this website contains a rich collection of information and resources for children. Users can watch videos, play interactive games, read stories, view pictures and access activities for students interested in nature, space,... (Learn more)
Format: website/activity
Provided by: National Geographic
Natural History Museum
Sponsord by the British Natural History Museum, this website contains a variety of multimedia resources for learners interested in studying life on earth, a little bit of space, and nature's records of the past. Sound boring? Well then, check out the flesh-eating... (Learn more)
Format: website/activity
Provided by: Natural History Museum (British)
Natural Inquirer
This website is sponsored by the Middle School Science Education Journal, "The Natural Enquirer." Learn all about the environment including topics in nature, trees, forests, wildlife, insects, outdoor activities, and water. (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: USDA Forest Service
The Nature Conservancy
Find detailed information for more than 50 of the places The Nature Conservancy protects in North Carolina including the Currituck Outer Banks, Celo Knob, the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, and Raven Rock State Park. Also learn about invasive species... (Learn more)
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Provided by: Nature Conservancy
NatureServe Explorer
"An authoritative source for information on more than 70,000 plants, animals, and ecosystems of the United States and Canada. Includes particularly in-depth coverage for rare and endangered species." A valuable tool for students and teachers of science. (Learn more)
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Provided by: NatureServe
NatureWorks
A rich collection of animal and science information in an attractive, easy to use interface for 3-6 graders. Learn about animal adaptations, habitats, and interdependence or go straight to the facts about North American animals and birds. Video clips available... (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: New Hampshire Public Television
NCDC Climate Monitoring
"NCDC is the world's largest active archive of weather data. NCDC produces numerous climate publications and responds to data requests from all over the world. NCDC operates the World Data Center for Meteorology which is co-located at NCDC in Asheville, North... (Learn more)
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Provided by: National Climatic Data Center and NOAA
Newswise: SciNews
A comprehensive, online database of science news from a variety of science and health publications and institutions. Spanning a wide range of topics such as genetics, disease, environmental studies, technology, energy, and space exploration, this site is a... (Learn more)
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Provided by: NewsWise
Newton BBS
Ask a scientist a question or browse the answers to previously answered questions in categories such as astronomy, biology, botany, chemistry, mathematics, and zoology. (Learn more)
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Provided by: Argonne National Laboratory
NIEHS Environmental Health Science Education
Educators, students and scientists will find classroom materials and other resources which will help increase the awareness of the “link between the environment and human health.” (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
The Nineteenth Century in Print - Periodicals
This collection presents twenty-three popular periodicals of the nineteenth century. They include literary and political magazines, as well as Scientific American, Manufacturer and Builder, and Garden and Forest: A Journal of Horticulture, Landscape Art, and... (Learn more)
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Provided by: Library of Congress