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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Around the world, a multicultural unit
The students will listen to stories from different cultures. They will participate in directed discussion, followed by a related art activity.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 English Language Arts, Guidance, Healthful Living, and Social Studies)
By Judy Cliver.

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Adventure Learning Foundation
Photographs and travel journals from Southern Africa, Peru, Mexico, Guatemala, Baja California, Alaska and Yukon. Interested teachers may register their class to track the travelers on their next trip. (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: QuestConnect.org
Afghanistan Unveiled
This site provides information and lesson plans to accompany the film Afghanistan Unveiled, which focuses on the experiences of women. (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: Independent Television Service
Ancient Egypt: Science and Technology
Interactive website about the science and technology of ancient Egypt. (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: Museum of Science, Boston
artNC
Images and background information on works of art, classroom activity ideas and lesson plans, and program listings. (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: North Carolina Museum of Art
Asia for Educators
Features classroom materials and teaching guides on Asia for use by educators and students in world history, culture, geography, art, and literature. (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: Columbia University
¡del Corazón! Latino Voices in American Art
Find primary source materials featuring Latin American artists and their works at the Smithsonian Institution's American Art Museum. (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: Smithsonian American Art Museum
Beyond the Fire: Teen Experiences of War
The film Beyond the Fire introduces the real-life stories of 15 teenagers, now living in the U.S., who have survived war in seven war zones. These stories tell of loss, hope, fear, strength and despair—and most of all, resilience. At this... (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: Independent Television Service
Carnegie Council
A clean, easy to navigate site that acts as the “Voice for Ethics in International Policy”. This site offers articles, podcasts, events and programs. (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Celebrations of Light
Use winter celebrations to help students learn about cultural differences and similarities in the community and the world. (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: Annenberg Media
Cool Planet for Teachers
This site from OxFam helps teachers bring global issues into the classroom. (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: OxFam
CultureQuest
This program helps students to understand and appreciate other cultures of the world. It provides the resources that will make the culminating web project a success. (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: Center for School Development of the School of Education, The City College of the City University of New York.
Facing the Future: People and the Planet
Committed to providing educational resources for the promotion of the understanding necessary for sustainable resources and living. (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: Facing the Future
Foreign Policy Association (FPA) Great Decisions Educators Corner
This free resource provides professional development, global educational resources, a teacher's forum, workshops, global conferences, grants and much more. (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: Foreign Policy Association
Future State: U.S. Department of State for Youth
This resource is designed to provide teachers and parents with educational resources for the inclusion of current events and world news in the classroom. (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: Department of State
Globalization101.org
Provides students with information and interdisciplinary learning opportunities on globalization without ideological biases. (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
International food court
In this Xpeditions lesson plan, students learn about the characteristics of the world's regions by investigating the types of food that are common in those regions. They'll also conduct research to find out about the climate, landscape, and cultures of... (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–7 Social Studies)
Provided by: National Geographic
InternationalEd Community
Resources available on this site help improve K-12 teaching and learning about the geography, history, economics, culture and languages of other world regions. (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: Asia Society
Multicultural Education - Diversity Equity Reform
This website is dedicated to exploring the issues surrounding the multicultural classroom. Awareness activities, training, news, and many other resources are available from this site. (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
My Hero
This web site, in English and Spanish, features information about "heroes" around the world. Some of the people are famous and some are everyday people striving to make a difference in other peoples lives and working for important causes around the world.... (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: My Hero