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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Hanoi market women talking
There was an outdoor market across from my hotel in Hanoi, Vietnam. Though it was not large, it was possible to find anything from combs to shoes to fresh meat and vegetables. Merchants line up in long rows, selling their merchandise from a blanket on the...
Format: audio
4-H and Home Demonstration Work during World War II
In The Great Depression and World War II, page 8.3
During the years of World War II, North Carolina women were led by Home Demonstration and extension agents in programs to increase food production and preservation. 4-H clubs also aided the war effort, primarily through the "Food for Victory" program and the "Feed a Fighter" campaign.
Format: article
By Amy Manor.
4-H club contributions to the war effort
In The Great Depression and World War II, page 8.7
This page includes three reports sent by county agents of the North Carolina Agricultural Extension Service after the war ended. Each county agent outlined the contributions of 4-H club members in his or her county to the war effort. Includes historical commentary.
Format: report/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by David Walbert.
4-H club girl examining canned foods as part of a 4-H food preservation program
4-H club girl examining canned foods as part of a 4-H food preservation program
In this black and white photograph a young woman in a dress with a 4-H patch over the breast is admiring a jar of preserved pears. Behind her is an entire cupboard filled with canning jar of other preserved foods.
Format: image/photograph
4-H mobilization for victory (1943)
In The Great Depression and World War II, page 8.4
In this letter to local extension agents, the North Carolina Director of Extension, J. O. Shaub, explained what 4-H clubs needed to do to mobilize youth to aid the war effort during World War II. Includes historical commentary.
Format: pamphlet/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by David Walbert.
Americans! Share the meat as a wartime necessity
Americans! Share the meat as a wartime necessity
U.S. Government poster from World War II, announcing the rationing of meat. Poster reads: Americans! Share the meat as a wartime necessity. To meet the needs of our armed forces and fighting allies, a Government order limits the amount of meat...
Format: image/poster
Antebellum North Carolina
Primary sources and readings explore North Carolina in the antebellum period (1830–1860). Topics include slavery, daily life, agriculture, industry, technology, and the arts, as well as the events leading to secession and civil war.
Format: book (multiple pages)
Blackcurrant
Blackcurrant
The blackcurrant is one of the three edible species of currant; the others are redcurrant and whitecurrant. Blackcurrants grow on a small shrub, Ribes nigrum, and are native to central and northern Europe and northern Asia.
Format: image/photograph
Buddhist prayer to monks for blessing
This prayer was recorded in Trang, Thailand, a small town near the southeastern coast. The people of the town were gathered together to honor the monks in the town by giving them rice and other food. When food is given, a special prayer is said. This part...
Format: audio
Buddhists pray while giving food
This is a standard prayer that is repeated when monks are given food. As part of the ritual, the person giving the food has to say something to the monks about this act. The prayer roughly translates to "we are all together to give this food to you, we hope...
Format: audio
Can all you can
Can all you can
World War II poster asks Americans to "Can all you can -- it's a real war job!"
Format: image/poster
Candy apples at the North Carolina State Fair
Candy apples at the North Carolina State Fair
Format: image/photograph
Canning demonstration photo
Canning demonstration photo
A woman's hand, protected by a towel, removes the ring from a sealed home-canned jar of peaches. From an instructional book on home canning, produced by the U.S. Office of War Information. "Steel-saving glass-top jars recommended by the War Production Board,...
Format: image/photograph
Canning for country and community
In this lesson plan, students will use primary source documents to evaluate the technological challenges of food preservation in the 30s and 40s, compare food preservation in the first half of the twentieth century with today, and consider the political role of food in the community.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Melissa Thibault.
Cassava root
Cassava root
Cassava is a woody shrub of the genus Manihot grown in tropical and subtropical regions. The shrub produces a starchy, edible root that is a major source of carbohydrates for humans in many parts of the world.
Format: image/photograph
The Changing Face of Mexico
Essays and activities exploring Mexican culture, past and present. Includes historical perspectives, classroom activities, and recipes.
Format: book (multiple pages)
Chestnut
Chestnut
Close-up photograph of a sweet chestnut lying on the ground amidst twigs and roots. The chestnut is the nut of the chestnut tree (genus Castanea), native to temperate regions in the Northern Hemisphere.
Format: image/photograph
Chiles en nogada
Chiles en nogada
Chiles en nogada is a dish often served on Mexican Independence Day, 16 de Septiembre.
Format: image/photograph
Civil War reenactment: Union occupation and a Confederate soldier goes home, 1865
In this video, a Confederate soldier making his way home at the end of the Civil War is stopped by Union soldiers at a checkpoint, then cooks for them in exchange for a day's rations.
Format: video/video
Colonial cooking
Colonial cooking
This photograph shows how a typical cooking fire might have looked in the colonial era. A kettle hangs over the fire, and a chicken hangs nearby from a string, cooking slowly. The string allowed the chicken to spin, causing it to cook evenly without having...
Format: image/photograph