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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Background information for chapter one
In Coastal processes and conflicts: North Carolina's Outer Banks, page 1.1
This page contains background information for teachers implementing chapter one of the unit "Coastal processes and conflicts: North Carolina's Outer Banks."
Format: article
By Stanley R. Riggs, Dorothea Ames, and Karen Dawkins.
CareerStart lessons: Grade seven
This collection of lessons aligns the seventh grade curriculum in math, science, English language arts, and social studies with potential career opportunities.
Format: (multiple pages)
CareerStart lessons: Grade six
This collection of lessons aligns the sixth grade curriculum in math, science, English language arts, and social studies with potential career opportunities.
Format: (multiple pages)
High-tech maps: Education or eye candy?
In Map skills and higher-order thinking, page 16
Finally, let's take a look at technology. It's made a lot of maps available, but does it help teach map skills? We've all heard the core arguments for expanding our use of technology in the classroom: that technology engages students, that they're surrounded...
Format: article/best practice
By David Walbert.
Integrating maps
In Map skills and higher-order thinking, page 6
Textbooks frequently use maps as learning aids, but research has found that the way maps are most often used does not support students' learning. It turns out that both the order and the context in which materials are presented are crucial....
Format: article/best practice
By David Walbert.
Intrigue of the Past
Lesson plans and essays for teachers and students explore North Carolina's past before European contact. Designed for grades four through eight, the web edition of this book covers fundamental concepts, processes, and issues of archaeology, and describes the peoples and cultures of the Paleoindian, Archaic, Woodland, and Mississippian periods.
Format: book (multiple pages)
Map skills
In Map skills and higher-order thinking, page 1
It used to be a lot of work to make a map. Before computers, maps had to be meticulously drawn by hand, their grids and outlines relying on complicated pencil-and-paper calculations. Now, you can download map data from the U.S. Geologic Survey or the Census...
Format: article/best practice
By David Walbert.
Map skills and higher-order thinking
This series of articles looks at map skills as a kind of visual literacy, considering what maps are, how they're made, and the higher-order thinking skills students need to move from simply decoding maps to fully comprehending them.
Format: series (multiple pages)
North Carolina history: Grade 4 educator's guide
This educator's guide provides teaching suggestions designed to facilitate using the digital North Carolina history textbook with fourth-grade students.
Format: (multiple pages)
Two worlds: Educator's guide
Lesson plans and activities to be used with "Two Worlds: Prehistory, Contact, and the Lost Colony" -- the first part of a North Carolina history textbook for secondary students.
Format: book (multiple pages)

Resources on the web

Action for Children North Carolina
Action for Children North Carolina is an organization that influences public policy in favor of all children and youth below the age of eighteen residing in North Carolina. On this website you can locate data including indicators of well-being, child... (Learn more)
Format: website
Provided by: North Carolina Child Advocacy Institute
Creative climates
In this Xpeditions activity, students pretend they are head of a new National Geographic Climate Observation Post, where they must create a Climate Map to illustrate the world's various climate zones. This and other weather-related activities illustrate the... (Learn more)
Format: website/activity
Provided by: National Geographic
K-12 International Outreach Program
The programs offered by the K-12 Outreach area of the Office of International Programs at Appalachian State University engage students through educational speakers, presentations, and performances on foreign countries, cultures and international current... (Learn more)
Format: website
Provided by: Appalachian State University, Office of International Programs
TeachersFirst: The Web Resource for Teachers
This site contains links to websites for teaching a variety of subjects from elementary through high school with resources organized into a matrix. Levels are grouped into ranges and subjects are listed alphabetically. There is also a link to Professional... (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: Network for Instructional TV, Inc.