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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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.
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.
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.
Building a paper bridge: An introduction to problem solving
This activity allows the student to explore problem solving strategies while working with a partner. This activity (building a paper bridge), requires students to question word definition and the application of those definitions. Through problem solving strategies, students discover the need for applying math skills.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 Mathematics)
By Steve Walston.
Chocolate! Chocolate! Chocolate!
Using chocolate as a theme, students will become involved in reading, writing, math, word study/spelling and other developmentally appropriate (integrated) activities. The unit includes centers for the classroom along with whole group activities.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 English Language Arts and Mathematics)
By Luwonna Oakes.
Color-coded time
This lesson introduces telling time to the minute using the analog and digital clocks. The hands are color-coded to assist with hour and minute hand discrimination. The student will use the time on the digital clock, which can then be transferred to the more difficult analog clock.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2–3 Mathematics)
By Anne Clodfelter.
Couriers and messengers: Real-world problem solving
In CareerStart lessons: Grade eight, page 3.4
In this lesson plan, students take on the role of couriers and use indirect measurement to plan a delivery.
Format: lesson plan (grade 7–8 Mathematics)
By Valerie Davis, Sonya Rexrode, and Monika Vasili.
Creating and understanding circles and their parts
This lesson will offer a hands-on opportunity to explore and construct circles. Students will develop a definition for identifying the parts of a circle such as the center, radius, diameter, chord, and circumference. Students will use compasses and rulers in constructing these parts of a circle.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–7 Mathematics)
By Patricia Tingen.
Data gathering - Linear regressions
In groups of three, students gather data by experiment or observation in one of nine activities. Each group models the data they gathered, creates a display, and presents results to the class using an overhead projector.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8–12 Mathematics)
By Judy Pickering.
Dear Tootsie Roll company
The students will measure the surface area and wrapper area of five pieces of candy. Using appropriate formulas and measuring techniques, they will complete information needed for a spreadsheet and database. Students wrap up the lesson by writing a letter to the company with the most wasted paper to explain how the waste affects them as consumers and a suggestion for correcting the problem.
Format: lesson plan (grade 7–8 English Language Arts and Mathematics)
By Tonya Thompson.
Density of common liquids
Each lab team will determine the density of water and one of the sample liquids. The class will then compile their information.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6 and 8 English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science)
By Sansia Coble.
Design technology: Children's engineering
This unit includes design technology projects linked to major themes in engineering. All the lessons and activities support national and state standards. They include materials lists, procedures, student data sheets, and assessment strategies. The lessons vary in grade level and can be modified up or down.
Format: lesson plan (multiple pages)
Discovering perimeters
By using string, students will discover a formula for finding the perimeter of a rectangle.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–12 Mathematics)
By Jenny Crumpler.
Discovering Pi
This lesson introduces students to Pi through the discovery method of instruction. Students practice simple measuring skills to discover the relationship between the circumference and diameter of circular objects (Pi).They will be able to use this concept to find the circumference of any circle when the diameter is given.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6 and 8 Mathematics)
By Betty Shell.
Disney World timelines
The students have won a trip to Disney World but there are several things they have to do before they get to Orlando. The students will make a timeline to display these events and answer questions about them.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3 Mathematics)
By Jennifer Williams.
Does one cup of everything weigh the same?
The student will predict whether one cup of everything weighs the same. Next, the student will estimate the mass of several cups of materials. Then, using a primer balance the student will find the actual mass of each cup of materials in grams. The students will order the cups from lightest to heaviest by mass.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4 Mathematics)
By Christy Bunch.
Does your house measure up?
This lesson is intended to be used as a final assessment of a student's understanding of an inch, foot, and yard. It will also assess their ability to use a yardstick, follow written directions, and work with a partner to draw a house on the school blacktop as part of a class neighborhood.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3 Mathematics)
By Cathy Searcey.
Edible geometry
Students will use food to demonstrate their understanding of the sectors and arc lengths in a circle.
Format: lesson plan (grade 7–12 Mathematics)
By shari frederick.
Equal inches
In this lesson, students will begin measuring with nonstandard units and discover the need for a standard unit of measure. Students will also learn to measure to the nearest inch using an inch ruler correctly and record their results.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2 Mathematics)
By Charlene Martin.