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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The Why Files
A webzine that focuses on the science behind the news.  You can read stories about current events and biology, earth & space, environment, health, physical science, social science, and technology.  There is a wide variety of information on the site due to... (Learn more)
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Provided by: University of Wisconsin
Wild World
Colorful maps with profiles and photos of more than 1,000 ecoregions. Wild World maps which can be ordered on the site are made interactive on this website. You can enjoy biodiversity and see the urgency of conserving it. An educator's guide accompanies the... (Learn more)
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Provided by: National Geographic
Wildbird's Top 50 Birding Hotspots
A birdwatching site with all sorts of information on environmental issues and wildlife. Information about what sorts of birds you can expect to find in particular places, seasonal information, and links to information about local resources and bird checklists... (Learn more)
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Provided by: USGS
WildFinder - Mapping the World's Species
This searchable database helps students identify the habitats of more that 30,000 wildlife species from all over the world. (Learn more)
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Provided by: World Wildlife Fund
Windows into Wonderland
Electronic field trips into Yellowstone National Park cover topics such as park history, animals of the park, fire and nature, grizzlies, wolves, swans, and more. The presentations are diverse enough to offer something for a wide age range. (Learn more)
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Provided by: National Park Service
WISE - Web-based Inquiry Science Environment
This is a consortium funded by the National Science Foundation. The consortium works to build and maintain classroom activities and lesson plans that increase students' interest in science education. (Learn more)
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Provided by: University of California at Berkeley
Wolf Education and Research Center
Learn the basics about wolves, their behavior, and their habitat. There is a quiz on the site, along with recent scientific research concerning the gray wolf and its habitat in the Northern Rocky Mountains. There are photographs and biographies of individual... (Learn more)
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Provided by: Wolf Education and Research Center
World Wildlife Fund - Species at Risk
Endangered animals are explained, explored, and listed on this site which contains articles about a broad range of subjects related to wildlife. This site will help students know what they can do to make a difference regarding endangered animals. (Learn more)
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Provided by: World Wildlife Fund
The World's Biomes
Information on the major biomes on Earth is presented on this site with short articles on each, along with a general article about the importance of biomes and conservation and preservation of biomes. (Learn more)
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Provided by: University of California at Berkeley
Worldwatch Institute
This website is available for the study of sustainable living and the transition to a socially just society. (Learn more)
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Worm World
An informative site about worms for elementary and middle school students with interviews, audio and video clips, and a diagram of worm body parts. (Learn more)
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Provided by: Discovery.Com
Youthink!
A rich website with a variety of materials and resources geared towards offering information and educational tools on global matters such as AIDS, Education, and Trade. (Learn more)
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Provided by: World Bank