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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Anatomy of MyPyramid
We are all individuals and when making choices of foods to eat and exercises, one size does not fit all. This document from, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, shows the parts of MyPyramid and what they represent. The pyramid is composed of a...
Format: document/document
Calcium: Build strong bones
This article, written by Ann Hertzler, extension specialist, explains why calcium is such an important part of our diets. Dairy products are good sources of calcium and vitamin D, as are beans, greens, and other foods. A table in the article shows foods that...
Format: document/article
Children particpating in health contest
Children particpating in health contest
This black and white photograph shows 16 young children ranging in age from 1 year to appoximately 6 years of age. They are sitting with their teacher on brick steps at the entrance to a brick building in Pamlico County, North Carolina. One child is standing...
Format: image/photograph
Conversation in an Asian medicine store
All over Asia, you will find market booths or stores filled with dried spices, dried animal parts, and flowers. These are used to create medicine and home remedies. At the beginning of this conversation, we are talking about a fish stomach. There are apparently...
Format: audio
Death in a Pot
In North Carolina in the early 20th century, page 2.8
This article, republished by the North Carolina State Board of Health in 1900, informed the public about health hazards associated with new, and devious, ways of processing and packaging food. Includes historical commentary about the growth of concern about food safety and of public health as a field.
Format: article/primary source
Diseases: A brief guide to causes, symptoms, history, and treatment
Since the beginning of human existence on the planet, diseases have played a significant role in the events of every era. This brief listing of some of the most notorious diseases explains their causes, symptoms, history, prevention, and treatment, and provides links to further information.
Format: article
By Emily Jack.
Fad diets: The whole truth
Many people want a quick way to get rid of unwanted weight and look toward fad diets as a way to accomplish that goal. This article, from the Wheat Foods Council, explains not only why fad diets don't work, but why they are also unhealthful. The article "includes...
Format: document/article
Food Helped Make The Difference - Undernourished children
Food Helped Make The Difference - Undernourished children
A 1920s, black and white poster, depicting images of children showing poor development due to poor nutrition, is entitled, “Food helped make the difference. Poor physique and low vitality are cruel handicaps.” The poster shows three photographs....
Format: image/photograph
Food labels: Nutrient content claims
Companies label the food they sell with claims such as "light," "healthy," and "free." How can we know what they mean? The U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulates the terms that companies can use on their packaging. This document explains what the terms...
Format: document/document
The Great Depression and World War II
Primary sources and readings explore the history of North Carolina and the United States during the Great Depression and World War II (1929–1945).
Format: book (multiple pages)
This black and white illustration is the cover of a pamphlet on grooming that was issued by the North Carolina Agricultural Extension Service in 1939. Under the title, “Grooming,” sits a fashionable and svelte young woman who is posing with her...
Format: image/illustration
Health and beauty in the 1930s
In The Great Depression and World War II, page 3.8
Pamphlet produced by the North Carolina Agricultural Extension Service in 1939, explaining rules and guidelines for grooming for teenage girls. Includes reading questions.
Format: pamphlet
Lyndon Johnson and the Great Society
In Postwar North Carolina, page 6.1
An overview of President Lyndon Johnson's "Great Society" programs, which addressed poverty, transportation safety, urban development, and health.
Format: article
MyPyramid for kids poster
This poster illustrates the importance for children to have nutritional foods in their diets and to get plenty of exercise for healthy bodies. The upper part of the the poster is a graphic showing a girl running up the stairs of the Pyramid which is composed...
Format: document/poster
MyPyramid mini-poster
The MyPyramid Mini-poster shows a drawing of a person climbing the steps of a colorful food pyramid. Each one of the colored bands stands for a food group and vary in thickness. At the base of each color are pictures of the types of foods found...
Format: document/poster
NC-HCAP health careers information and enrichment workshop booklet
The North Carolina Health Careers Access Program (NC-HCAP), a center located at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, seeks to increase the number of people from disadvantaged backgrounds who are educated, trained, and employed in health careers....
Format: document/book
North Carolina and the "Blue Death": The flu epidemic of 1918
In North Carolina in the early 20th century, page 3.13
In North Carolina History: A Sampler, page 2.9
The influenza epidemic of 1918–1919 proved deadlier to North Carolinians than the Great War itself. This article describes the effects of the epidemic and how public health officials tried to stop it.
Format: article
North Carolina History: A Sampler
A sample of the more than 800 pages of our digital textbook for North Carolina history, including background readings, various kinds of primary sources, and multimedia. Also includes an overview of the textbook and how to use it.
Format: (multiple pages)
North Carolina in the early 20th century
Primary sources and readings explore North Carolina in the first decades of the twentieth century (1900–1929). Topics include changes in technology and transportation, Progressive Era reforms, World War I, women's suffrage, Jim Crow and African American life, the cultural changes of the 1920s, labor and labor unrest, and the Gastonia stirke of 1929.
Format: book (multiple pages)
North Carolina in the New South
Primary sources and readings explore North Carolina in the decades after the Civil War (1870–1900). Topics include changes in agriculture, the growth of cities and industry, the experiences of farmers and mill workers, education, cultural changes, politics and political activism, and the Wilmington Race Riot.
Format: book (multiple pages)