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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.

Basketball shot
This lesson introduces students to the proper technique of shooting the basketball.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6 Healthful Living)
By Eric Gramer.
Basketball: How to shoot
This lesson will give students the ability to succeed at one of the most important skills of basketball. This will be interesting, easy, and fun to learn.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Healthful Living)
Beginning vaulting
This lesson will help students learn the basics of an approach, various vaults, and landing techniques.
Format: lesson plan (grade 7 Healthful Living)
By Kathy Kress.
Do you know your body?
Students learn to identify different body parts and how they move. They explore moving and using these parts in general and personal space.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Healthful Living)
By Bill Knight.
Dream Team basketball stations
Students will refine their basic skills of basketball by participating in a variety of basketball stations.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–5 Healthful Living)
By Lisa Sinon.
Dribbling a ball with a hand
After this lesson, student should be aware of 4 critical components of dribbling a ball (on the side, no higher than waist, pushing the ball down, and looking up) and be able to dribble a ball applying at least 3 of them.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1–2 Healthful Living)
By Bozena Mielczak.
Fitness fun
This lesson introduces fun cardiovascular exercises that raise the heart rate.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6 Healthful Living)
By Sharon Serine.
Fitness with a jumpstick
The lesson includes a variety of activities for strength, endurance, and flexibility with the use of a jumpstick. Intervals of jogging and exercises of major muscle groups include an element of fun. The teacher's leading role adds intensity and excitement to these activities.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 Healthful Living)
By Bozena Mielczak.
Flipping frogs
Using frog beanbags, students will demonstrate skill components of the underhand toss.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 Healthful Living)
By Steve Smalley.
Healthy body, healthy mind
In Food for thought: Elementary lessons on nutrition and healthy living, page 6.5
It seems that every year a new fad diet comes along that promises instant weight loss. With all the media hype, students believe what they hear. This fifth-grade lesson plan, from the Food for Thought nutrition curriculum, teaches students that the best way to to stay healthy and lose weight is through good nutrition, portion control, and exercise.
Format: lesson plan (grade 5 Healthful Living)
Healthy choices, healthy lifestyles
In Food for thought: Elementary lessons on nutrition and healthy living, page 3.3
Physical activity is important to overall health and well-being, but often we don't exercise enough. This second-grade lesson plan, from the Food for Thought nutrition curriculum, teaches students the importance of being physically active.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2 Healthful Living)
Hoop ball
Students must move very quickly to try to get three balls in their hoop. This game can be played by grades one through four and may be played by large groups (30–50). This game requires students to use problem solving skills while getting a great workout.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2 Healthful Living)
By JoAnne Harrell.
Island basketball
In this activity, the class will be divided into two teams: the "Sharks," who play defense and the "Swimmers," who play offense. The "Swimmers" attempt to cross the ocean and avoid the "Sharks."
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–5 Healthful Living)
By Resa Holt.
Movement ABCs
Notecards with upper and lower case letters are placed under cones. Students hop, skip, or jump to a designated cone, find a letter, then continue using the locomotor movement to find the student with a match to their letters.
Format: lesson plan (grade K English Language Arts and Healthful Living)
By Lisa Watlington.
MyPyramid
In Food for thought: Elementary lessons on nutrition and healthy living, page 2.1
Eating nutritious foods and getting plenty of exercise is important for everyone. This first-grade lesson plan from the Food for Thought nutrition curriculum teaches students about MyPyramid for Kids and the nutritious foods that belong in each of the six color-coded food groups.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 Healthful Living and Mathematics)
MyPyramid: Eat a variety of foods
In Food for thought: Elementary lessons on nutrition and healthy living, page 1.1
Foods and their packaging come in many different shapes. In this kindergarten lesson plan from the Food for Thought nutrition curriculum, students learn about the food groups found in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's MyPyramid and look for foods, packaging, and cooking utensils shaped like squares and rectangles.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Healthful Living and Mathematics)
Overhand throwing
The students will perform the skills of throwing overhand. This is the third lesson in Manipulative Activities Unit in 2nd quarter that follows lesson on throwing a ball underhand.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4 Healthful Living)
By Bozena Mielczak.
Passing for success
Student will learn how to pass a basketball, one of the skills necessary to succeed at the game of basketball.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Healthful Living)
By Pierre Dacons.
Primary fitness skills unit
The main focus of this unit is primary physical fitness skills assessment and development. With PE class scheduled once a week, fitness assessment becomes a challenge. This unit keeps students moving and at the same time assesses their primary fitness skills in each lesson.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4–6 Healthful Living)
By Bozena Mielczak.
Quad soccer
This is a fun variation of indoor soccer. There are four goals and teams instead of only two.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 Healthful Living)
By Clay Mohr.