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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Old Hat, New Hat: 3-D Pattern Hats
After students read Old Hat, New Hat by Jan and Stan Berenstain, they create their own new 3-D hats.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 Visual Arts Education)
By Lisa Mitchell.
"Chips" ahoy!
This lesson will help children recognize, continue, and create number patterns, as well as find the rules for the patterns. The activities progress from concrete to semi-concrete to abstract.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4 Mathematics)
By Terri Downing.
Crossed up hundreds board
Students will experience patterns and problem solving on the Hundreds Board.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–4 Mathematics)
By Karen Bartlett.
Dinosaur math
The children will be involved in several different activities (graphing, sorting and classifying, patterning) rotating to each station during the lesson.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Mathematics)
By RobinC Adams.
Experience ABA form
This lesson will help students understand ABA Form. Through listening activities, they will be able to distinguish the "A" section from the "B" section and the return of the "A" section. Other activities will also be used for illustration.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 Music Education)
By Lisa Qualls.
Exploring patterns you can feel and hear
The following lesson will enable students to develop tactile and auditory patterns. As students observe, analyze, and make predictions about patterns they will enhance their problem-solving and reasoning skills.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–4 Mathematics)
By Carlene M. White.
Finding patterns using fractals
This lesson will introduce students to patterns in fractals using 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 5–6 Mathematics)
By Wendy Korbusieski.
French fries up and down
The students will get hands-on practice working with patterns and translating them to numerical sequences. This lesson reaches visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learners all at the same time.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4 Mathematics)
By Annie Nesbitt.
Is it a duck? Is it a chick?
Students will compare and contrast the characteristics of a chick and a duckling by using a Venn Diagram.
Format: lesson plan (grade K English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science)
By Debbie Beeson.
Making patterns make sense
Students will analyze organizational patterns in analytical writing by reading, Oh, the Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss. Students will then apply these patterns to their own writing by creating children's books about success.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–10 English Language Arts)
By Heather Bower.
Pattern writing using nouns and adjectives
In this lesson plan, students will think and write creatively using nouns and adjectives. They will experience all phases of the writing process.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3 and 6 English Language Arts)
By Susan S. Craver.
Patterns galore!
Students will create patterns using Kidspiration software.
Format: lesson plan (grade Computer/Technology Skills and Mathematics)
By Michele Tipton.
A Ram Sam Sam: A Moroccan tune with a twist
Students will enjoy singing, playing rhythm instuments, reading notations, and performing a Moroccan tune in two different musical styles on student keyboards.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–4 Music Education)
By Marie Batten.
Rhythm stars
This lesson will introduce the main components of rhythm: quarter, eighth, and sixteenth notes.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 Music Education)
By Laura Abernethy.
Rhythm, pattern, color, and texture in art and poetry
In this lesson, students will discover the meaning of "rhythm," "patterns," "color," and "texture" through the performance and modeled analysis of a class "symphony." Students will also evaluate the impact of each element on the whole work and note personal reactions and connections to this art form. Students will then work in small groups to apply the same elements and personal evaluation and connections to a historical work of visual art. At the end of the lesson, students will reflect on ways these two experiences are similar.
Format: lesson plan (grade 7 Visual Arts Education)
By Carol Horne.
Rondo with B-A-G
Students will read letter and rhythmic notation of the song "Hot Cross Buns," compose a phrase using notes B,A,G, and perform the song as the "A" section of a rondo form.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–5 Music Education)
By Beth Younts.
Tessellations with M.C. Escher
This lesson familiarizes students with tessellations, designs created by images placed against each other with no empty spaces. It also introduces the work of M. C. Escher. It can be used in conjunction with math lessons in geometry.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 Visual Arts Education)
By Judith Riddle.
Thematic and organizational patterns in McLaurin's "The Rite Time of Night"
Students will learn to identify and color-code thematic and organizational patterns found in the narrative and then use two-column note-taking to highlight how these patterns helped McLaurin give his story focus and organization. As a suggested follow-up activity, students are given ideas for writing their own narratives, using similar techniques as McLaurin.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 English Language Arts)
By Vickie Smith.
Working with patterns
Students use their knowledge of patterns to discover the remaining members of an established pattern as set forth in the Shodor activity called "Pattern Generator." Permission has been granted for the use of the Shodor materials as part of the workshop- "Interactivate Your Bored Math Students" by Shodor Education Foundation, Inc.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4 Mathematics)

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Birthdays and the binary system: Exploring binary numbers in a real-world application
This lesson from Illuminations revolves around patterns and place value in the binary system. Students are drawn into mathematics by the “magical” ability to guess an unknown number and by the use of birthdays. (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 3 and 5 Mathematics)
Provided by: Illuminations