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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Antebellum North Carolina
Primary sources and readings explore North Carolina in the antebellum period (1830–1860). Topics include slavery, daily life, agriculture, industry, technology, and the arts, as well as the events leading to secession and civil war.
Format: book (multiple pages)
Distribution of land and slaves
In Antebellum North Carolina, page 1.1
In this activity, students analyze census data and maps to understand the distribution of land, wealth, and slaves in antebellum North Carolina.
Format: activity
By David Walbert.
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)
Lattice multiplication
Lattice multiplication is a method of multiplying large numbers using a grid. This method breaks the multiplication process into smaller steps, which some students find easier. Digits to be carried are written within the grid, making them harder to miss.
Format: article
By David Walbert.
Math problems for grade 8 geometry
In Problem centered math, page 3.1
Problem sets in PDF format that address objectives of the Measurement and Geometry strands of the 1999 North Carolina Standard Course of Study for Mathematics, Grade 8.
By Grayson Wheatley.
Migration into and out of North Carolina: Exploring census data
In North Carolina in the New Nation, page 4.2
Just how many people left North Carolina in the first half of the nineteenth century -- and where did they go? To answer questions like this, the best place to turn is census records. The census can't tell us why people moved, but a look at the numbers can give us a sense of the scale of the migration.
Format: activity
By David Walbert.
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 New Nation
Primary sources and readings explore North Carolina in the early national period (1790–1836). Topics include the development of state government and political parties, agriculture, the Great Revival, education, the gold rush, the growth of slavery, Cherokee Removal, and battles over internal improvements and reform.
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)
A railroad timetable
In Antebellum North Carolina, page 5.5
In North Carolina History: A Sampler, page 6.3
Railroad schedule from the Wilmington and Weldon Railroad, 1859. In the accompanying activity, students use maps and railroad schedules to compare train travel in 1859 and today.
Format: ephemera/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by David Walbert.
The science and technology of World War II
In The Great Depression and World War II, page 5.3
For all the role of science, mathematics, and new inventions in earlier wars, no war had as profound an effect on the technologies of our current lives than World War II. And no war was as profoundly affected by science, math, and technology than World War II. This article looks at some of the key technologies developed.
Format: article
By Dr. David Mindell.
Teaching about North Carolina American Indians
This web edition is drawn from a teachers institute curriculum enrichment project on North Carolina American Indian Studies conducted by the North Carolina Humanities Council. Resources include best practices for teaching about American Indians, suggestions for curriculum integration, webliographies, and lesson plans about North Carolina American Indians.
Format: book (multiple pages)
Workers' pay and the cost of living
In North Carolina in the New South, page 3.8
In this activity, students examine census records of North Carolina tobacco mills and retail prices of food to determine how much money factory workers made in "real dollars."
Format: activity
By David Walbert.

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Print out customized worksheets and flashcards and play interactive games...all to help you build your math skills. This site includes a homework helper that will allow you to input a homework problem and your answer. It will then figure out if your solution... (Learn more)
Format: website/activity
Provided by: A Plus Math
Includes quick facts about Archimedes as well as images and an assortment of information. (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: Drexel University
Archimedes' Lab
Explore optical illusions, test your powers of observation, and even custom-design puzzles to stump your friends! Improve your mathematical thinking with these puzzles and games. (Learn more)
Format: website/activity
Provided by: Gianni A. Sarcone and Marie J. Waeber
Architect Studio 3D: design a house with Frank Lloyd Wright
Hands-on interactive site where users can use their imaginations to design their own architectural solutions. (Learn more)
Format: website/activity
Provided by: Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust
Ask Dr. Math
A question and answer service for math students and their teachers. (Learn more)
Format: website/activity
Provided by: The Math Forum, Drexel University
BBB Schools - Science Clips
Thirty-six science topics for students age 5-11 are explored through interactive activities and quizzes. (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: BBC Schools
BBC Schools - BiteSize
Created to prepare 10 and 11 year old students in the United Kingdom for national assessments, BiteSize provides interactive learning materials, fact sheets, tests and printable worksheets students can use on their own. Topics covered include... (Learn more)
Format: website
Provided by: BBC Schools