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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1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (Once I Caught a Fish Alive): Counting and directional words
In Mother Goose in use: Rhymes that teach, page 12
In this kindergarten lesson plan, students use the nursery rhyme "1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (Once I Caught a Fish Alive)" to practice recognition of written numbers and directional words.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Mathematics)
By Lisa Wright.
Blueberries for Sal: Counting and correspondence
This lesson is designed to aid the teacher in teaching the math skills of one to one correspondence, number recognition, and matching numbers to sets. It is also a great lesson to intergrate into a unit on Bears or the color Blue.
Format: lesson plan (grade K English Language Arts and Mathematics)
By Wrenn Smith.
The Greedy Triangle
Students review geometric terms by making predictions about what the Greedy Triangle will become as the teacher reads the book, The Greedy Triangle. Students will create geometric creatures after the review.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2 Mathematics)
By Renee Allen.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
The learner will be doing curriculum integrated activities using Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–2 English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science)
By Shannon Zerniak.
ACC basketball
The students will use ACC basketball statistics to practice the process of converting fractions to decimals then to percents and will learn how to create and edit a spreadsheet. They will then use this spreadsheet to analyze their data. This unit is done during the basketball season.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 Information Skills and Mathematics)
By Susan Dougherty.
Adding fractions with unlike denominators/The numbers tell LCD
Students will be able to find the Lowest Common Denominator by using prime factors. They will then add the fractions. This method was developed for students who have problems guessing and checking.
Format: lesson plan (grade 5 Mathematics)
By Wendi Keith.
Algebra for the real world
Students will solve real world and mathematical problem situations using simple algebraic concepts including variables and open sentences.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4–5 Mathematics)
Am I a square?
Students should discover how their height is related to their arm span. They will learn how to do spatial and visual estimation, use measuring tools, recognize factional parts of an inch, gather data, and organize and create a graph based on their findings.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4–5 Mathematics)
By Priscilla Hege.
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.
Animals movin' on up
Children will explore animal body parts in animal pictures using the inquiry method. They will discuss their functions in movement and eating. They will also discuss the idea that classifications of animals have similar body parts.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Mathematics and Science)
By Anne Allen.
Animals undercover
Students will learn about the different animal coverings using the inquiry method. They will learn about how the covering is used for protection and to control body temperatures.
Format: lesson plan (grade K English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science)
By Anne Ellis.
Anthill number round-off
The purpose of this lesson is to give students a visual aid to help them round off numbers to the nearest ten or hundred.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2–3 Mathematics)
By Phyllis Roberts.
An apple a day: Understanding halves and simple addition
This is a hands-on lesson which uses apples to introduce the concept of "half" and to teach simple addition. This lesson was taught to a group of 1st grade EC students.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 Mathematics)
By Janet Acorn.
Area and perimeter unit
This unit will introduce and practice the concepts of area and perimeter. This unit uses resources of Shodor Education Foundation, Inc. Permission has been granted for the use of the materials as part of the workshop “Interactivate Your Bored Math Students.”
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–4 Mathematics)
By Bonnie Boaz.
Area of solids
Finding area of rectangular solids and cylinders by cutting them into flat pieces and adding the areas.
Format: lesson plan (grade 7–12 Mathematics)
By Dorothy Carawan.
An average autumn
This lesson will be a review of skills for calculating mean, mode, median, and range of a set of numbers to be created by the students. It will result in a seasonal display for the classroom or school-wide bulletin board.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4–6 Mathematics)
By Scott Counce.
Balancing equations using matrices
In Integrating Chemistry and Algebra II, page 2
This lesson is designed to show students a practical application for matrices within the context of chemistry.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Mathematics and Science)
By Jennifer Elmo.
BANG! Calendar review
This is a fun and exciting way for students to review calendar skills. The game can also be used to review skills from other content areas.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1–2 Mathematics)
By Christy Walsh.
Baseball fun: Percentages, decimals, and fractions
Students will learn the concepts behind fractions, decimals, and percents by using sports statistics found on baseball cards.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 Mathematics)
By Adrian Bustle.