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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Amazing amaryllis activities
Students will use an amaryllis started from a bulb to explore the growth of the plant, measure, record and compare the growth of the leaves and the flower. They will enter the data on a spreadsheet and convert it into a graph.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2–3 Mathematics and Science)
By Mary Rizzo.
Animals move!
This plan introduces students to the different ways animals move.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Healthful Living and Mathematics)
By Michelle Tesiero.
Be the meteorologist
Students use internet data to plot the path of a hurricane over several days. At designated points, students will decide which areas of the coast to put under a hurricane warning and will justify their decisions. This lesson uses real weather data and allows students to "be the meteorologist."
Format: lesson plan (grade 7 Science)
Birds of a feather: Collecting and analyzing bird feeder data
In this lesson, students prepare frequency tables and construct a circle graph of the species of birds observed at bird feeders.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–7 Mathematics)
By Vicky Smathers.
Body graphing
"Body Graphing" is an interactive graphing activity involving manipulatives to compare graphing results. With the use of ropes and unifix cubes students will learn to compare and contrast their body with classmates. The graphing activity can be extended to graph differences with height, hair and eye color, and other physical attributes.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 Mathematics)
By patsy morgan.
Bouncing ball experiment
In this experiment students should be in groups of 3. Students will drop a ball from different heights and measure the corresponding bounce. Since each group will use a different ball, they will generate different sets of data. They will be asked to discuss and compare their linear function with that of their classmates. They should practice measuring the ball bounce before they begin to collect data.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8–12 Mathematics)
By alicia jones.
Building a paper bridge: An introduction to problem solving
This activity allows the student to explore problem solving strategies while working with a partner. This activity (building a paper bridge), requires students to question word definition and the application of those definitions. Through problem solving strategies, students discover the need for applying math skills.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 Mathematics)
By Steve Walston.
Chocolate! Chocolate! Chocolate!
Using chocolate as a theme, students will become involved in reading, writing, math, word study/spelling and other developmentally appropriate (integrated) activities. The unit includes centers for the classroom along with whole group activities.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 English Language Arts and Mathematics)
By Luwonna Oakes.
Collecting and organizing data
In this lesson students will learn to collect data and organize the data into a chart using computer technology.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3 Computer/Technology Skills, Information Skills, and Mathematics)
By Rochelle Mullis.
Data gathering - Linear regressions
In groups of three, students gather data by experiment or observation in one of nine activities. Each group models the data they gathered, creates a display, and presents results to the class using an overhead projector.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8–12 Mathematics)
By Judy Pickering.
Dear Tootsie Roll company
The students will measure the surface area and wrapper area of five pieces of candy. Using appropriate formulas and measuring techniques, they will complete information needed for a spreadsheet and database. Students wrap up the lesson by writing a letter to the company with the most wasted paper to explain how the waste affects them as consumers and a suggestion for correcting the problem.
Format: lesson plan (grade 7–8 English Language Arts and Mathematics)
By Tonya Thompson.
A dicey stem and leaf plot
After being introduced to a stem and leaf plot, students will be able to create their own stem and leaf plots.
Format: lesson plan (grade 5–6 Mathematics)
By Debbie Newton.
Dinosaur math
The children will be involved in several different activities (graphing, sorting and classifying, patterning) rotating to each station during the lesson.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Mathematics)
By RobinC Adams.
Easter egg math
Using colored Easter eggs, students will sort by color, count eggs, and graph data.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Mathematics)
By Marie Messer.
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.
Ecuador: A study of population
In this lesson, students will create population pyramid graphs and analyze photographs to investigate population in Ecuador. Students will draw on this analysis to make predictions about how population issues will affect Ecuador's future. The lesson plan is designed to be adapted to the study of various countries.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–7 English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies)
By Eric Eaton.
The effects of acid rain on the environment
This is an experiment in which groups of students are given healthy plants to water with different solutions of an acid rain mixture made in class. Students will document and present their findings. This lesson plan has modifications for an Intermediate Low English Language Learner (ESL student).
Format: lesson plan (grade 7–8 English Language Development and Science)
By Helen Beall and Heather Hughes-Buchanan.
Geometry and art: Art museum post-visit
This is the third lesson in a three-part unit integrating math, writing and visual arts. In this integrated lesson, students apply their knowledge of geometry by organizing and displaying information in graphs with correct labeling. Students then compare and analyze graphs. Finally, with this information students create a geometric design.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1–2 Visual Arts Education and Mathematics)
By Loretta Hopper.
Good medicine
Students will examine changes in technology, medicine, and health that took place in North Carolina between 1870 and 1930 and construct products and ideas which demonstrate understanding of how these changes impacted people living in North Carolina at that time. To achieve these goals, students will employ the eight intelligences of Howard Gardner's Multiple Intelligences Theory.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies)
By Leslie Ramsey.
Graphing quadratic equations
This lesson will help students quickly graph a quadratic equation. It will also help them to understand the purpose of completing the square.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Mathematics)
By Kathy Schadt.