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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ACC basketball
The students will use ACC basketball statistics to practice the process of converting fractions to decimals then to percents and will learn how to create and edit a spreadsheet. They will then use this spreadsheet to analyze their data. This unit is done during the basketball season.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 Information Skills and Mathematics)
By Susan Dougherty.
Adding fractions with unlike denominators/The numbers tell LCD
Students will be able to find the Lowest Common Denominator by using prime factors. They will then add the fractions. This method was developed for students who have problems guessing and checking.
Format: lesson plan (grade 5 Mathematics)
By Wendi Keith.
Baseball fun: Percentages, decimals, and fractions
Students will learn the concepts behind fractions, decimals, and percents by using sports statistics found on baseball cards.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 Mathematics)
By Adrian Bustle.
Domino fractions
This is a review activity on the lesson of adding and simplifying fractions. This activity will provide a new approach to seeing a fraction and simplifying it, and the activity will allow students to set up and solve equations. This activity also works for subtraction of fractions.
Format: lesson plan (grade 5 Mathematics)
By Angelica Young.
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.
Fraction fun
Introduce fractions and mixed numbers using paper plates.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2–3 Mathematics)
By Lourine Grant.
Fraction funnies
Students complete a fraction exercise in which they are given clues to find the answer to a joke, and then make up their own "Fraction Funny" sheet using their own jokes (riddles) and clues.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–4 Mathematics)
By Alisan Royster.
Fraction/Decimal War
This lesson plan introduces a game that will reinforce fractions and decimals. This activity is best played in groups of 3-4. You may choose to use as an activity when work is completed or as a center activity.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4–5 Mathematics)
By Christine Sisco.
Fractional parts with pattern blocks
Through this lesson students will understand that fractions are part of a whole. Students will identify halves, thirds, fourths, fifths, sixths, eights of a whole. They will use terms numerator, denominator and write fractions from models of fractions. Also, they will use sheets of paper to fold for different size fractions and label each part to see proportion size from least to greatest or greatest to least.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3 Mathematics)
By Brenda Collins.
Fractions on Kid Pix
Students will create illustrations of fractions as parts of a whole and parts of a set using Kid Pix computer program.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2–3 Computer/Technology Skills, Information Skills, and Mathematics)
By Ann Keable.
Fruit Loops with fractions
This activity provides access to using visual and hands-on practice in solving problems with fractions. By using cereal, each individual student will be able to work individually and as a group in using different methods of working with fractions, and practice their skills in addition, multiplication, division and subtraction. A prior knowledge of the basic multiplication tables and common multiples will be very advantageous in working through this activity.
Format: lesson plan (grade 5–6 Mathematics)
By Deanne Davis.
I have, who has...?
A chain review game involving teacher made cards on the skills of adding and subtracting fractions, and equivalent fractions. This lesson can serve as a review for many math concepts.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4–5 Mathematics)
By Sherry Russell.
M&M madness
Students will explore fractions, decimals, percents, and circle graphs with M&M's.
Format: lesson plan (grade 5–6 Mathematics)
By Donna Reble.
PIZZA = "Fractions: Any Way You Slice It!"
During this lesson, students will explore and investigate the relationships among fractions. Students will use paper pizzas divided into fractional parts to compare equivalent fractions. They will see part-whole fractions as fair shares and begin to understand that the parts must be equal.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3 Computer/Technology Skills, Information Skills, and Mathematics)
By Alta Allen.
Popcorn math
In this lesson students will use a consumable manipulative to understand percent, fraction and decimal conversions. They will also collect data on a teacher produced spreadsheet while using a computer generated spreadsheet to make conversions.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6 Mathematics)
Sale! Sale! Sale!
Consumer math often requires shoppers to analyze and compare the same products at different stores. In addition to price variations, retailers offer incentives or discounts. This lesson requires students to be informed consumers who calculate three purchasing options and conclude which is the best deal. The activity enables students to apply mathematics to a real-life situation.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–7 Mathematics)
By Leslie Hawes.
Savor the rainbow
Use skittles to help the students practice the concepts of sorting data, recording data, writing the data collected in fraction form (part/whole), changing the fractions into decimals and percents, and taking the data collected and making a spreadsheet, bar graph, and circle graph of the data.
Format: lesson plan (grade 7 Mathematics)
By Beverly Revis.
Talking geometry through quilts
This lesson plan is designed to use quilts as a visual prompt to review mathematics vocabulary associated with geometry in the third grade curriculum. A hands-on activity serves as a practice and review at the conclusion of this lesson.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2 Mathematics)
By Rendy King.
Trashketball review for ratios, fractions, decimals and percents.
This lesson will help the students with changing from ratios to fractions, fractions to decimals, and decimals to percents.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–7 Mathematics)
By David Crumm.