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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Am I a square?
Students should discover how their height is related to their arm span. They will learn how to do spatial and visual estimation, use measuring tools, recognize factional parts of an inch, gather data, and organize and create a graph based on their findings.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4–5 Mathematics)
By Priscilla Hege.
Beaded bracelet multiplication
Students complete a variety of estimation and multiplication activities to plan, create, and write directions for creating beaded bracelets.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4 Visual Arts Education and Mathematics)
By Dayle Payne.
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.
Book order math
Using a book order catalog, students will calculate costs for their book choices, learn how to write a check, and to fill out an order form.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2–3 Mathematics)
By Teri Dammann.
Candy math
Unit on reviewing Math skills. The unit will take 20 minutes per day for 6 days. A good activity for late spring.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 Mathematics)
By Tammy Sharpe.
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.
Does one cup of everything weigh the same?
The student will predict whether one cup of everything weighs the same. Next, the student will estimate the mass of several cups of materials. Then, using a primer balance the student will find the actual mass of each cup of materials in grams. The students will order the cups from lightest to heaviest by mass.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4 Mathematics)
By Christy Bunch.
Estimating quantities
Students will estimate items individually. As a whole group, they will check to determine the closest guess.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Mathematics)
By Aimee Stewart.
Estimating rational numbers
Students round fractions and mixed numbers to their closest whole number by first changing the rational numbers into decimal numbers.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4–5 Mathematics)
By Doreen Castelloe.
Exploring probability : Part 1 of 2
This lesson will introduce students to probability using resources of Shodor Education Foundation, Inc. Permission has been granted for the use of the materials as part of the workshop Interactivate Your Bored Math Students. Students will discover the rule for calculating simple probability as well as explore the ideas of experimental and theoretical probability.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–7 Mathematics)
By Wendy Korbusieski.
French fries up and down
The students will get hands-on practice working with patterns and translating them to numerical sequences. This lesson reaches visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learners all at the same time.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4 Mathematics)
By Annie Nesbitt.
Grocery store technology
Students will identify how technology has changed in an occupation over time. This is also an introductory rounding/estimation lesson using addition of money.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2–3 Computer/Technology Skills and Mathematics)
By Barbara Crouch.
Jack-o-Light
We use pumpkins to demonstrate that fire needs air to burn. This goes really well with Fire Safety Week and our pumpkin unit. Also, we 'guesstimate' how many pumpkin seeds are in the pumpkin. We roast them afterwards by following a recipe. You can also create a Kids Pix picture of pumpkins.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 Healthful Living, Mathematics, and Science)
By Michele Tipton.
M&M math
Rotating to each station using M&M's, this lesson will allow students to add, graph, sort, and estimate.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 Mathematics)
By Karen Walker.
Mass of maize
Students will weigh different products made from corn to determine if a cup of each product has the same mass. Students will use measurement and estimation skills.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4 Mathematics)
By Julie Franklin.
Math in the White House
This plan uses an online tour of the White House to reinforce the concept of tallying.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 Mathematics)
By Bunnie R. Brewer, Missy Colborn, Kathy Hale, Kim Roberson, and Emily White.
Milk it for all it's worth
Students will cooperatively discover the equivalent measures of capacity. In addition, students will be given a unit price of milk and will be asked to calculate the price of other units of capacity based on the price given. They will then use this information to determine the most economical buy.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3 Mathematics)
By ann dawson.
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.
So many choices, so little time
This lesson will introduce students to Theoretical and Experimental Probability using Crazy Choices and Spinner, a resource of Shodor Education Foundation, Inc. Permission has been granted for the use of the materials as part of the workshop Interactivate Your Bored Math Students.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–7 Mathematics)
By Beth Jorgensen.
Solid graphing
The students will review solid figures using a baggie of assorted snack mix (cones, cubes, cylinders, and spheres) and will begin a vertical bar graph showing the number of each solid figure in a bag of assorted snack mix.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2–3 Mathematics)
By Lisa Fletcher.