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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The Bermuda High and tropical storms
The Bermuda High pressure system sits over the Atlantic during summer. Acting as a block that hurricanes cannot penetrate, the size and location of this system can determine where hurricanes go. A normal Bermuda High often leads to hurricanes moving up the...
Format: video
Diagram of hurricane formation
Diagram of hurricane formation
Diagram of hurricane formation showing movement of warm, humid air and cold, unstable air between the upper and lower atmosphere.
Format: image/photograph
How do hurricanes form?
In Hurricanes on sandy shorelines: Lessons for development, page 2
Hurricanes begin when areas of low atmospheric pressure move off Africa and into the Atlantic, where they grow and intensify in the moisture-laden air above the warm tropical ocean. Air moves toward these atmospheric lows from all directions and curves to...
By Dirk Frankenberg.
How does a hurricane form?
In Recent North Carolina, page 5.3
Article from NASA explains the science behind hurricanes.
Format: article
Hurricane Floyd's lasting legacy
In Recent North Carolina, page 5.2
Article from NASA explains why Hurricane Floyd became such a costly and deadly storm.
Format: article
Hurricanes on sandy shorelines: Lessons for development
A Carolina Environmental Diversity Explorations “virtual field trip” that examines the sand sharing system of sedimentary coastlines and the impact of hurricanes on those coastlines and on human development.
Format: slideshow (multiple pages)
Mercurial barometer
Mercurial barometer
Based on a principle developed by Evangelista Torricelli in 1643, the Mercurial Barometer is an instrument used for measuring the change in atmospheric pressure. It uses a long glass tube, open at one end and closed at the other. Air pressure is measured by...
Format: image/diagram
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
Recent North Carolina
Primary sources and readings explore recent North Carolina (1975–present). Topics include politics, the economy, the environment, natural disasters, and increasing diversity.
Format: book (multiple pages)

Resources on the web

Amazing Space
An interactive website that uses games and activities as well as more in-depth articles to teach and excite children about space. (Learn more)
Format: website/activity
Provided by: Space Telescope Science Institute
Antarctica: Scientific Journeys from McMurdo to the Pole
A multimedia website that uses such resources as webcasts, interactive maps, and video clips to document the journey of a team of explorers throughout Antarctica. (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: The Exploratorium
Arctic Theme Page
Links to widely distributed data and information from research institutions throughout the world focused on the Arctic. Available information on the website includes relevant data, graphics, and forecasts, including historical perspectives and in-depth analyses. (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
ASPIRE: Astrophysics Science Project Integrating Research and Education
Interactive science labs and lessons for teachers and students. (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: University of Utah
Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (AOML)
Information and data sets related to the Atlantic Ocean and its climate, including overviews about coastal and regional environments and hurricanes. Also find articles about a wide range of ocean topics from Harris B. Stewart's 1951 Northern Holiday Expedition... (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: NOAA
BBC News: Animated Guides to Natural Disasters
These animations explain how volcanoes, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, and tsunamis develop. Each animated guide takes you on a step-by-step explanation and provides associated vocabulary. Several of the guides have an interactive step which allows... (Learn more)
Format: website
Provided by: BBC
BBC: Science and Nature
This large interactive site has a tremendous amount of information in subjects that range from the human body to space travel. (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: BBC
Benjamin Franklin: An Extraordinary Life, An Electric Mind
A rich, diverse website that examines the life of Benjamin Franklin from many angles using a variety of activities to engage the learner. (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: PBS
Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears
Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears, is an exciting online professional development magazine for elementary teachers which features content-rich web sites, interactive videos, animations, articles written specifically for K-2 and 3-5 students that... (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: The Ohio State University
Bill Nye, Science Guy
Bill Nye is the enthusiastic, bow-tied scientist on the Public Broadcasting System. At this site you will find information about Bill Nye, a question of the week, and memos from Bill in the U-Nye-Verse section. When this site was cataloged this memo contained... (Learn more)
Format: website
Provided by: Nye Labs
Climate Kids
Want to play the Hurricane Name Game or learn how to make a barometer? The site includes activities, games, and educational resources on climate, hurricanes, tornadoes, weather trivia and more. (Learn more)
Format: website/activity
Provided by: South East Regional Climate Center