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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A'planting we will go
This lesson is based on the book, The Tiny Seed, by Eric Carle. This story will be used to introduce the students to the concept that seeds change and grow into plants when conditions in the environment including temperature, light, water and soil are appropriate. Students will learn that plants produce seeds that can become new plants. Through extended activities, the students will experience first-hand the germination of seeds. They will become familiar with the parts of a plant and learn how each part works to produce a healthy plant.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 English Language Arts, English Language Development, and Science)
By Karol Schriber.
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.
In Intrigue of the Past, page 2.6
Students will use pictures of seeds, an activity sheet, and a graph to identify seven seeds and the conditions in which they grow. They will also infer ancient plant use by interpreting archaeobotanical samples and determine changing plant use by Native North Carolinians by interpreting a graph of seed frequency over time.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4–5 and 8 Science and Social Studies)
Beans and how they grow
The students will incorporate computer skills, math, and literature with books such as: Miss Rumphius and The Reason for a Flower.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3 Information Skills and Science)
By Betty Black.
The case of the disappearing pitcher plants
This lesson addresses the cause and effect relationship between human interaction and a North Carolina endangered plant species. A role-playing scenario allows students to view the situation from a variety of positions and to collectively arrive at a solution to the problem.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 English Language Arts, Information Skills, and Science)
By Eddie Hamblin.
Cell theory and plant respiration
In CareerStart lessons: Grade eight, page 5.4
In this lesson, students conduct an experiment using plants to gain an understanding on the effects of sunlight on cell processes.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6 and 8 Science)
By Tammy Johnson and Martha Tedrow.
A comparison of the plant ecology of two fields
Students will apply random sampling techniques to do a plant population/community/ecosystem study to model how these things are interrelated.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8–12 Science)
By Linda Sutton.
The effects of acid rain on the environment
This is an experiment in which groups of students are given healthy plants to water with different solutions of an acid rain mixture made in class. Students will document and present their findings. This lesson plan has modifications for an Intermediate Low English Language Learner (ESL student).
Format: lesson plan (grade 7–8 English Language Development and Science)
By Helen Beall and Heather Hughes-Buchanan.
Exploring pumpkins
This lesson will allow students to use a variety of methods to explore pumpkins.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Mathematics and Science)
By Angelia Braswell.
Family gardening in rural North Carolina
This lesson for grade one uses a series of activities related to plants and gardening to help students learn about gardening, plant life, families, and making healthy choices.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 Healthful Living, Science, and Social Studies)
By Penny Willard.
Flowers and pollination
This lesson on pollination uses this Pollination Mini Page and can be used as an extension for lessons about the parts of the flower. This lesson can be used with an entire class, or the materials can be given to advanced students to complete independently.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3 Science)
By Summer Pennell.
From dirt to dinner
This lesson serves as an introductory study of the plant world. The lesson allows students to study seeds, parts of plants, microclimates, and how to grow seeds into vegetable plants for harvest. Parents are encouraged to assist at home.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science)
By Glenn Bass.
From seed to plant
This lesson will give students an opportunity to learn about seed parts, how a plant grows, and to compare plants.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 Science)
By Gretchen Barkowitz.
Fun with fruits and vegetables
The activities will help the student identify, describe, and classify fruits and vegetables and learn how each grows.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Healthful Living, Mathematics, and Science)
By Suzie Overholt.
The germination of a tree
In this lesson students will attempt to germinate tree seeds and observe the interior of a seed under a microscope.
Format: lesson plan (grade 7 and 9–12 English Language Arts and Science)
By Harold Mackin.
Getting down & dirty with soils
In this lesson, we will explore different kinds of soil (humus, sand, clay). The students will plant seeds in the different soils as part of further exploration.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 English Language Arts and Science)
By Amy Rhyne, Paulette Keys, and Sarah Carson.
Habitat photo album
Students will use digital cameras and explore the outdoors searching ecosystems for opportunities to take pictures of different habitats and the components that go into them.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4–5 Information Skills and Science)
By Colleen Buchauer and Lesley Brooks.
How do pumpkins grow?: Book project
This is an integrated science and language arts lesson plan. Students will create individual books that illustrate how pumpkins grow.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 Visual Arts Education, English Language Arts, and Science)
By Marty Britt.
How does your flower grow?
Students will develop science process skills by observing plants in various conditions and recording their observation over a period of time
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 Science)
By Bobbie Toler.
In full bloom
This mini-unit uses the wonderful story of Miss Rumphius by Barbara Clooney. Miss Rumphius travels to faraway places and makes the world more beautiful by planting her favorite seeds. The book sets the stage for activities relating to core curriculum objectives to be implemented into the learning environment, using technology tools and applications to create student products.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3 English Language Arts, Information Skills, and Science)
By Kay Ball.