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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In Food for thought: Elementary lessons on nutrition and healthy living, page 6.4
Commercials are made to sell all kinds of products including foods. This lesson plan for the fifth-grade, from the Food for Thought nutrition curriculum, explores advertising and teaches students how to become critical viewers of food commercials.
Format: lesson plan (grade 5 English Language Arts and Healthful Living)
All About ME: Likenesses & Differences
This lesson will help to enhance the self-esteem of students by focusing on each child's individual differences.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Guidance, Healthful Living, and Social Studies)
By Crystal Sigmon.
Animals move!
This plan introduces students to the different ways animals move.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Healthful Living and Mathematics)
By Michelle Tesiero.
Basketball shot
This lesson introduces students to the proper technique of shooting the basketball.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6 Healthful Living)
By Eric Gramer.
Basketball: How to shoot
This lesson will give students the ability to succeed at one of the most important skills of basketball. This will be interesting, easy, and fun to learn.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Healthful Living)
Beginning vaulting
This lesson will help students learn the basics of an approach, various vaults, and landing techniques.
Format: lesson plan (grade 7 Healthful Living)
By Kathy Kress.
Breakfast builds brains
In Food for thought: Elementary lessons on nutrition and healthy living, page 3.2
This second-grade lesson plan, from the Food for Thought nutrition curriculum, stresses the importance of starting the day off right by eating a good breakfast that includes foods from the grains, fruits, milk, and meat food groups.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2 Healthful Living)
A brochure of safety tips
The students summarize information they have read and learned in school to create a brochure of important safety tips. They work in teams, each on a specific area of safety, to create a multimedia presentation on the computer using HyperStudio, or other publishing or presentation software, for text, graphics, and sound.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3 Healthful Living and Information Skills)
By Shanti Kudva.
Building strong bones and teeth
In Food for thought: Elementary lessons on nutrition and healthy living, page 1.3
Dairy products aren't the only foods that promote strong bones and teeth. This kindergarten lesson plan from the Food for Thought nutrition curriculum teaches students about foods that are rich in calcium.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Healthful Living)
Careers in medicine and the ancient Greeks
In CareerStart lessons: Grade six, page 4.4
In this lesson for grade six, students will learn about ancient Greek medicine and the Hippocratic Oath and will research contemporary medical careers.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6 Social Studies)
By Mandy Matlock.
Character education: What would you do?
This lesson is designed to teach character development, problem solving, and teamwork. It can also be used with exceptional students in a high school setting.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–7 Guidance)
Cloudy with a chance of... what?
Students will enjoy reading about a town where no one ever goes hungry because the sky provides food while learning about weather and healthy and unhealthy foods.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2–3 English Language Arts, Healthful Living, and Science)
By BJ Larson and Paula Sharpe.
Coping with death and dying
In this high school lesson plan, students respond to musical recordings and literary quotations to explore feelings about death and dying.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Healthful Living and Music Education)
By John Janowiak and Margaret Gregor.
Developing number sense with Baa Baa Black Sheep
In Mother Goose in use: Rhymes that teach, page 9
In this kindergarten lesson, students will use the nursery rhyme "Baa Baa Black Sheep" to practice non-locomotor skills by acting out the rhyme, and will develop number sense by participating in a number-matching activity.
Format: lesson plan (grade K English Language Arts, Healthful Living, and Mathematics)
By Lisa Wright.
The digestive system
In Food for thought: Elementary lessons on nutrition and healthy living, page 5.1
This lesson plan for grade four, from the Food for Thought nutrition curriculum, teaches students about the digestion process and the organs of the digestive system.
Format: lesson plan (grade 5 Healthful Living)
Do you know your body?
Students learn to identify different body parts and how they move. They explore moving and using these parts in general and personal space.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Healthful Living)
By Bill Knight.
Don't forget breakfast
In Food for thought: Elementary lessons on nutrition and healthy living, page 4.4
This third-grade lesson plan, from the Food for Thought nutrition curriculum, teaches students that starting every day with a good breakfast helps them get ready for the day by fueling their bodies and brains.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–4 Healthful Living)
Dream Team basketball stations
Students will refine their basic skills of basketball by participating in a variety of basketball stations.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–5 Healthful Living)
By Lisa Sinon.
Dribbling a ball with a hand
After this lesson, student should be aware of 4 critical components of dribbling a ball (on the side, no higher than waist, pushing the ball down, and looking up) and be able to dribble a ball applying at least 3 of them.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1–2 Healthful Living)
By Bozena Mielczak.
Effective basketball shooting
Students will learn and demonstrate effective free throw shooting skills: proper hand placement, balance, stance, and focusing eyesight on the target (basketball goal and rim).
Format: lesson plan (grade 2–4 Healthful Living)
By Tim Anderson.