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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The Sign of the Beaver real estate advertisement
Having read The Sign of the Beaver and the Sunday Real Estate section of the newspaper, create a slide show designed to sell Matt's cabin to buyers in early America.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By CarrieAnne Blocker.
Africa: Interpreting physical maps
In CareerStart lessons: Grade seven, page 4.1
In this lesson for grade seven, students look at a physical map of Africa and use it to speculate how the geography of a given region might affect human culture in that area.
Format: lesson plan (grade 7 Social Studies)
By Mary B. Taylor.Adapted by Kenyatta Bennett and Sonya Rexrode.
America's first people
In Two worlds: Educator's guide, page 2.2
These activities, designed to accompany "First Peoples" and "The Mystery of the First Americans," will enable students to explore the origins of human populations in North America.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Analyzing historical maps of North Carolina
In this lesson students will analyze historical maps and will use their knowledge of history, observation skills, and inference to draw conclusions about the events that affected the geographic development of North Carolina over time.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Loretta Wilson.
Archaeobotany
In Intrigue of the Past, page 2.6
Students will use pictures of seeds, an activity sheet, and a graph to identify seven seeds and the conditions in which they grow. They will also infer ancient plant use by interpreting archaeobotanical samples and determine changing plant use by Native North Carolinians by interpreting a graph of seed frequency over time.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4–5 and 8 Science and Social Studies)
Barrier islands
In Coastal processes and conflicts: North Carolina's Outer Banks, page 1.8
This lesson is part of chapter one of the unit "Coastal processes and conflicts: North Carolina's Outer Banks." Students examine the difference between simple overwash barrier islands and complex barrier islands. They also learn more about the island-building process and the effect this process can have on daily life on barrier islands.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8–12 Science and Social Studies)
By Stanley R. Riggs, Dorothea Ames, and Karen Dawkins.
Blue Ridge Parkway Travelogue
Students plan and develop a week-long trip along the Blue Ridge Parkway, from beginning to end. The virtual tour culminates in the creation of a travelogue that will outline the trip.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–4 Social Studies)
By Rachel Elliott.
Building map-reading skills
In Map skills and higher-order thinking, page 5
Now that we know what students can't do, how do we help them develop the skills to read and interpret maps successfully? You may not be surprised to learn that most of the research and literature on this topic stops short of offering actual suggestions....
Format: activity/lesson plan (grade )
By David Walbert.
Building the Blue Ridge Parkway
In Driving through time: The digital Blue Ridge Parkway, page 4.2
In this lesson, students will learn about various ways in which the land was modified in order to build the Blue Ridge Parkway. They will analyze different types of resources for details and use those details to make generalizations about the work required to build the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4–5 Social Studies)
By Melissa Harden.
Changing communities: Past vs. future
In this lesson, students will learn about the geographical, political, and technological issues that have influenced change in mountain communities using oral histories by Madison County residents. They will learn about the history of road building in the North Carolina mountains and the relatively recent decision to connect two halves of interstate highway in Madison County. They will compare and contrast the negative and positive changes that road construction has brought to the region, and listen to oral histories of locals who have experienced both good and bad effects.
Format: lesson plan
Cherokee relocation
Students will use primary sources to investigate the boundaries of the Cherokee lands set for North Carolina after the Revolutionary War.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8–10 Social Studies)
By Donna Hernandez.
The coastal dilemma
In Coastal processes and conflicts: North Carolina's Outer Banks, page 1.15
This lesson is part of chapter one of the unit "Coastal processes and conflicts: North Carolina's Outer Banks. Students look at examples of shoreline erosion. They reflect on the impact this erosion can have on human life on the Outer Banks.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8–12 Science and Social Studies)
By Stanley R. Riggs, Dorothea Ames, and Karen Dawkins.
Coastal processes and conflicts: North Carolina's Outer Banks
The lessons in this unit allow students to explore the processes affecting North Carolina's Outer Banks and the impact these processes have on daily life there.
Format: lesson plan (multiple pages)
Competition for the Blue Ridge Parkway
In Driving through time: The digital Blue Ridge Parkway, page 4.5
In this lesson, students consider the various ways the Blue Ridge Parkway benefited the local economy by creating jobs and boosting tourism.
Format: lesson plan
By Jennifer Polidoro.
Connecting oral history to geography: The changes of Madison County
In North Carolina maps, page 2.4
In this lesson, students ground the story of a county in corresponding maps. Students will show an understanding of the geography surrounding an oral history.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Jennifer Job.
Driving through time: The digital Blue Ridge Parkway
In these lessons and units for eighth grade, students delve into the rich primary sources and historical overlooks from the Driving Through Time project and explore the history of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Format: lesson plan (multiple pages)
East Asian trading ships
Each student will work with a partner as an owner of an overseas shipping company with one cargo ship in East Asia. Students are given these instructions in the overview: In each Asian country that you travel to you will fill your cargo ship with items that you can buy from the list of exports. You will then try to sell these items when you travel to another country that is willing to import these commodities. The winner of the game is the company with the biggest profits at the end of the pretend 15 day time period. Good Luck!
Format: lesson plan (grade 7 Social Studies)
By Tami Kaiser Polge.
Ecuador: A land of climate diversity
In this lesson, students will create climate graphs and analyze photographs to investigate the various types of climate in Ecuador and the interactions between climate and human culture. The lesson plan is designed to be adapted to the study of various countries.
Format: lesson plan (grade 5 and 7 Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies)
By Eric Eaton.
Educator's guide: Spain and America
In Two worlds: Educator's guide, page 3.1
The article "Spain and America: From Reconquest to Conquest" introduces a lot of information and a number of issues that may be new to students. These suggestions will help you use the article in a way that best fits the needs of your class.
Format: /lesson plan (grade 8–12 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Erosion in the Outer Banks
In North Carolina maps, page 3.2
In this lesson, students gain an understanding of the different perspectives on erosion in the Outer Banks over the past century by implementing research and map comparisons between Google Earth and early 20th century Coastal Maps.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Science)
By Jennifer Job.