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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African American English
Excerpt about African American English from the documentary Voices of North Carolina, produced by Neal Hutcheson and the North Carolina Language and Life Project. This video is one in a series that also includes: The...
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Albert Einstein
The Walking Classroom kids teach about the famous physicist Albert Einstein. They discuss his life history, his theory of relativity, and his many contributions to science. They also highlight his beliefs in social justice and the importance of accepting others’...
Format: audio/podcast
Benjamin Banneker
The Walking Classroom kids discuss the famous inventor, scientist, astronomer, and writer, Benjamin Banneker. They discuss the challenges that he faced as a black man in the 1700’s. They also talk about his contributions to science and literature and the...
Format: audio/podcast
Casey at the Bat
The Walking Classroom students share with The Walking Classroom the narrative poem, “Casey at the Bat.” The students break apart the poem stanza by stanza to show how narrative poetry tells a story.
Format: audio/podcast
The Cherokee language
Excerpt about the Cherokee language from the documentary Voices of North Carolina, produced by Neal Hutcheson and the North Carolina Language and Life Project. This video is one in a series that also includes: African...
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Determining the author's purpose: Analyzing a recruitment video
In CareerStart lessons: Grade eight, page 1.10
In this lesson plan, students analyze a video about ROTC to determine why the video was created.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 English Language Arts and Guidance)
By Andrea Fedon, Gail Frank, and Cindy Neininger.
Dialect in Southern cities
Excerpt about Charlotte, North Carolina, and language trends in southern cities from the documentary Voices of North Carolina, produced by Neal Hutcheson and the North Carolina Language and Life Project. This video is one in a series that also...
Format: video/video
Finding and using literary criticism
A guide for high school students to finding and using literary criticism, in print and on the web.
By Melissa Thibault.
Galileo Galilei
The Walking Classroom kids talk about Galileo Galilei, a courageous man who broke with tradition and challenged accepted ideas. The podcast shares information about Galileo’s life, his inventions, and the ultimate decision he had to make regarding his belief...
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Idioms
The Walking Classroom kids talk about idioms and their use in our society. Mrs. Fenn joins them and discusses idioms from other languages, and all the students are reminded of what could happen if idiomatic expressions are not used correctly.
Format: audio/podcast
Lumbee English 1
First of two sets of excerpts about Lumbee English and Lumbee identity from the documentary film Indian by Birth: The Lumbee Dialect, produced by Neal Hutcheson and the North Carolina Language and Life Project. For more excerpts from Indian...
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Lumbee English 2
Second of two sets of excerpts about Lumbee English and Lumbee identity from the documentary film Indian by Birth: The Lumbee Dialect, produced by Neal Hutcheson and the North Carolina Language and Life Project. For more excerpts from Indian...
Format: video/video
Meteorology
The Walking Classroom kids discuss the field of meteorology and explain how the weather is predicted. Their teacher helps them understand the forces that create weather patterns and natural phenomenon like rain, thunder and lightning. They also discuss how...
Format: audio/podcast
Mountain talk
Excerpt from the documentary Mountain Talk, a portrait of the language and life of the Southern Appalachian Mountains, produced by Neal Hutcheson and the North Carolina Language and Life Project. This video is one in a series that also includes:...
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Negro Baseball League
The Walking Classroom students discuss a summary of the history of the Negro Leagues, from conception to collapse. The students will hear another side of how segregation affected the American population from the 1800’s to the 1940’s and learn about the...
Format: audio/podcast
Outer Banks English
An excerpt about the dialect of the North Carolina Outer Banks from the documentary Voices of North Carolina, produced by Neal Hutcheson and the North Carolina Language and Life Project. This video is one in a series that also includes:
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Picturing Vietnam
This lesson plan is intended to introduce students to Vietnam’s geography, climate, culture, history, natural history, arts, economics, and government. Students will view a collection of documentary photographs and use these for making logical observations, drawing conclusions, and as a basis for creative writing.
Format: lesson plan (grade 7 English Language Arts, Information Skills, and Social Studies)
By Edie McDowell.
Rachel Carson
The Walking Classroom kids discuss the famous environmentalist and writer, Rachel Carson. They discuss her efforts to advocate for laws to protect our planet from being damaged by dangerous chemicals like pesticides. They also talk about how her famous book...
Format: audio/podcast
Riddles from The Hobbit
The Walking Classroom kids discuss the use of riddles in The Hobbit. They discuss the way that riddles are like puzzles and the importance of uncovering one clue to help you understand the next. They also talk about the way that words in riddles often have...
Format: audio/podcast
Spanish and English in the American South
Excerpt about Spanish and Hispanic English trends in the South from the documentary Voices of North Carolina, produced by Neal Hutcheson and the North Carolina Language and Life Project. This video is one in a series that also includes:
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